Purple One returns with another surprise gig
Andrew Trendell

12:19 9th February 2014

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Prince will continue his run of surprise London shows by performing at Shepherds Bush Empire tonight (Sunday 9 February 2014).

The news was announced by BBC 6 Music, revealing that the Purple One's Hit And Run tour will roll into the iconic venue with tickets available on a first come first served basis:


The venue then confirmed the news - adding that tickets will be £70 per person:

Prince kicked off his London tour last week with an intimate press conference in the flat of Lianne LaHavas yesterday (Tuesday 4 February), before he played a surprise 'open soundcheck' press gig at Camden's Electric Ballroom, before returning to play two shows for fans the following night. 

The BBC reports that His Royal Badness told the press conference that the shows with his new band, 3rdEyeGirl, would be cheap for fans. 

"We want to charge about $10 a ticket," he said. "This is a new band, people are getting something new."

He also said that he wouldn't be playing in huge venues like the O2 as he did with his residency back in 2007. 

"That was a different time, this is a different band," said Prince, adding that they would "work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues".

He continued: "We're going to be here until people don't want to hear us anymore."

Watch Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL playing 'I Like It Here' at the Electric Ballroom below

Prince's Hit And Run tour continues in London throughout February. 

 Below: 9 reasons to be VERY excited about Prince's 2014 London shows

  • It's going to be EPIC: His Royal Badness is renowned for his gigs lasting upwards on three hours long, often until the sun rises - so much so that at a recent show for fans at his Paisley Park home, he told guests to come in their pyjamas and expect breakfast to be served. What a guy.

  • Prepare to party: During his last UK gig at Hop Farm festival, the Purple One effortlessly slipped in glorious renditions of songs by Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Wild Cherry, Sly and the Family Stone and The Beatles. He embodies all that is truly great about the best of everything in pop, rock, soul, funk, gospel and more - and makes every gig feel like the best wedding disco EVER. A celebration of REAL music.

  • It could be very intimate: Last year, a source told The Sun newspaper: "Prince has gone back to basics this year, playing in front of 300 people at the SXSW festival in Texas. He’s now on a US tour of small club shows and wants to do something similar in the UK later in the new year. It’s still to be decided if he’ll stay at one small venue and play 20 or more gigs or split his time between a few places around the country. Prince has asked his team to find unusual venues his fans wouldn't expect him to play."

  • Expect some new material: Yup, he's dropping his upcoming 36th (THIRTY SIXTH!) album Plectrum Electrum later this year.

  • It's going to rock: His new band 3rdEyeGirl have injected the Kiss star with a hard rush of adrenaline, making his new material like 'Screwdriver', 'Fixurlifeup' and 'Da Bourgeoisie' much rockier and with a filthy funk vibe. We wouldn't have it any other way.

  • ANTHEM AFTER ANTHEM AFTER ANTHEM: Who else boasts a catalogue with as many stone-cold feel-good classics as Prince? No one, that's who. He's got 'Kiss', 'Raspberry Beret', 'Gold', 'Little Red Corvette', 'Purple Rain', 'Let's Go Crazy'....we could go on. Hell, he may even crack out 'Pussy Control'.

  • Prepare to lose your voice: "Dearly beloved - we are gathered here today to get through this thing called 'life'. Electric word 'life', it means forever and that's a mighty long time but I'm here to tell you, there's something else..."

  • The man has exquisite banter: It's true, there are few finer showmen in the business. Coming from the James Brown old school of how to work a crowd properly, Mr Prince Rogers Nelson has the catty chat to go with his feline moves.

  • He's a bloody icon: Bowie won't tour, Jacko has sadly departed this Earth, Sir Paul McCartney plays everywhere all the time and Madonna just wants to shake her bits into old aged embarrassment. Prince however, is the living, breathing embodiment of pop music. He's a hero, so make sure you give him a hero's welcome when he touches down in London.

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