Last night Prince played a secret gig at Koko, Camden in London for a special show in benefit of the charity Autism Rocks. Prince previously played at the venue during his Hit And Run tour of London in February 2014 and for the charity on 20 May 2014, however last night’s show was strictly limited to just 1,000 invitees asked for donations of £75 to attend. Those who attended – including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Noel Gallagher – were originally contacted on 19 January and asked to keep the show secret. Prince was supported by 3rdEyeGirl as well as Joshua Welton and Liv Warfield, and the set list, running for 2 hours 10 minutes was similar to those played during the Hit And Run Tour of 2014, save for the inclusion of new songs The Breakdown, U Know and The Gold Standard.
Prince plays another gig for Autusm Rocks at the Madinat Jumeirah resort in Dubai on the 4th. The surprise appearances come less than a week before Prince’s next appearance, this time at the Grammy Awards on 8 February. It would be Prince’s first appearance at the Grammy’s since his career re-launching performance in 2004 during which he duetted with Beyoncé.
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