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Prince to tour around Europe

Prince will be performing in Europe this summer. The ‘Purple Rain’ pop star will do a three-date tour around Europe in July.

The funk legend will appear at the Main Square Festival in Arras, France on July 9th for a 3h30 concert! Before going to Arras, Prince will also perform at the Roskilde Festival (Denmark) on July 4th and at Werchter Boutique (Belgium) on July 10th.

Arras is a 2000 year-old city located in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Frances. The Citadel where Prince will perform was built in the 17th century. He sure is keeping it interesting with this cool choice of venue.

He sings like an angel. He dances like a devil and he can turn a green field into a trendy dance club. The best live performer of modern time is coming to Werchter – again. Prince is only doing three concerts this summer. On the 4th of July, he is playing at Roskilde (DK), on the 9th in Arras (FR). On the 10th of July he is closing off his short stay in Europe with a concert at Werchter’s Festival Park!

The monarchy is in trouble. But not Prince Roger Nelson (°1958). His kingdom is huge and thanks to the right brilliant moves he manages to keep it that way. Prince is a rare treat. It has been almost ten years now since he last performed in Belgium. And the few shows he does do, are very striking.

He has mainly been doing surprise gigs lately. At the grand Grand Palais in Paris but also at his very home or at his favorite supermarket in Minneapolis. Of course there was that huge exception in 2007: the impressive series of performances at the O2 Arena in London: evening upon evening playing in front of 20,000 people, and this for three weeks in a row. The grand total: 440,000 or in other words, the entire population of Antwerp. But even that major operation was an example of scarcity. Things had started off as a seven nighter that sold out in barely 20 minutes. The mega project showcased the new Prince: the highly gifted, relaxed band leader who likes to fool around with his band and the audience.

During the 80s, His Royal Badness spent a big chunk of his time in recording studios making visionary dance music. Prince merged funk, jazz, pop and soul into rocking grooves. During the 90s, the biggest musical genius of his generation spent most of the time being pissed off with his record label. Nowadays, Prince wants to entertain (himself), giving carte blanche to the brilliant entertainer within. He talks like a pimp. He sings like an angel. He dances like a devil. After three decades he can really count on everything it takes to set a big crowd on fire. Prince outdoes each member of his solid backing band (says Pharell Williams) and he needs more than five hands to count his most famous songs.

Do a test of your own. Everyone who has ever seen Prince live will rank that show among the best 3 shows they have ever seen. As a consequence, the crowd will be amazing.

Just a couple of things one should know about Prince:

The big hits: Controversy/1999/Little Red Corvette/Nothing Compares 2 U/When Doves Cry/Purple Rain/I Would Die 4 You/Let’s Go Crazy/Raspberry Beret/Kiss/Mountains/Girls & Boys/Sign O’ The Times/U Got The Look/If I Was Your Girlfriend/Alphabet St./I Wish U Heaven/Get Off/Cream/Sexy M.F./The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

Last time he played in Belgium: 18th October 2002 at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis. (One Nite Alone … With Prince Tour)

Last show in Werchter: 4th August 1990 (Nude Tour)

Ticket sales for Belgium start Thursday April 22nd at 9 o’clock local time

Prices : 80 euro and 120 euro for Gold Circle

Presales :

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