Australian audiences get ready to welcome The Purple One! Musician Prince is set to visit Australia and New Zealand on his solo Piano & A Microphone tour. It will be his first tour in New Zealand.
The venues and dates of his solo concert are still being confirmed but the 57-year-old rock legend recently gave a preview of his upcoming show at his Paisley Park headquarters in Minnesota in January, Daily Review writes.
Prince performed a medley of his various hits such as “Baby, I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Dirty Mind,” “Do Me, Baby,” “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute),” “Free, A Case of You (Joni Mitchell),” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Traditional),” “The Beautiful Ones,” among others.
During the preview, Prince reminisced about a time when he would sneak downstairs to play his father’s piano without permission. “I thought I would never be able to play like my dad,” he told fans, according to news.com.au “And he never missed an opportunity to remind me of it.”
Prince’s father John Lewis Nelson was a jazz pianist. Prince, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson, was named after his father, whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and who performed with a jazz group called the Prince Rogers Trio.
Meanwhile, the organizers of his upcoming concert are very enthusiastic and said that the legendary singer will give is aiming to “deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences” for his fans.
“The repertoire list will be culled from Prince’s vast 39-album catalogue and each performance will have a unique set-list that evolves in real time song-to-song,” the organizers said, according to Music Feeds.
“Fans should expect to witness special interpretations of well-known hits, alongside rarely performed B-sides and new never-before-heard material,” they added.
Australia has been a favorite touring spot for the “Purple Rain” hitmaker. The singer last toured Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in May 2012 on his Welcome 2 tour. The singer has released four albums since 2012: “Plectrumelectrum,” “Art Official Age,” “HITnRUN Phase One” and “HITnRUN Phase Two.”