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World Tour 2003


It was Prince they were all waiting for

A confusingly named, albeit very brief World Tour was performed in the winter of 2003 in which largely served as the warm-up for the Musicology Tour that began the following March. Prince‘s World Tour 2003 was essentially a greatest hits show and not in promotion of any album.

The tour opened in Hong Kong, with Prince headlining the opening night of the Harbour Fest, a thirteen day long series of events financed by the regional government to kickstart its economy in the wake of the impact wrought by the SARS pandemic. It then played several shows in Australia.

For its second leg, the tour transferred to Hawaii. To mark this occasion, Afshin Shahidi photographed the shows for an accompanying book Prince In Hawaii: An Intimate Portrait of an Artist which also featured a companion CD featuring a recording of one of these shows. The book and CD were released on 29 March 2004.

Prince World Tour 2003
Photography by Afshin Shahidi


John Blackwell
Renato Neto
Chance Howard
Bass Guitar
Rhonda Smith
Greg Boyer
Alto Sax
Maceo Parker
Candy Dulfer

Total dates played

  • 8 shows from 17 October to 19 December, 2003

Sample setlist

  1. Let’s Go Crazy
  2. I Would Die 4 U
  3. 1999
  4. When Doves Cry
  5. Shhh
  6. D.M.S.R.
  7. The Question Of U
  8. I Feel 4 U
  9. The Beautiful Ones
  10. Let’s Work
  11. Controversy
  12. Insatiable
  13. The One
  14. U Got The Look
  15. Sign O’ The Times
  16. Soul Man
  17. Nothing Compares 2 U
  18. Fallen
  19. Take Me With U
  20. Kiss
  21. Adore
  22. Alphabet St.
  23. Purple Rain

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