Details about the London shows are, were to put it mildly, a little too ‘organic’, adding to much confusion, and if to make matters worse, entry to gigs are purchased only at the door, and a max of one ticket per purchase applies; rather than booked even if a few hours in advance. It might sound chaotic, because it is, but other more larger venues being looked at included the 4,000 capacity Brixton Academy, but chaos is exacerbated by the lack of information. Prince said he will stay for as long “people like us”, so a more structured series of shows is hoped to evolve. He is looking at playing at landmarks too, with Trafalgar Square one of those looked into. With fans waiting outside in the rain since for several hours and with excessive queue jumping occurring, many are questioning the wisdom of the management coordination and hope they improve for later shows. Indeed, tickets were available for the two Manchester shows. These and other dates are listed on the dedicated 2014 tour page. A ‘secret’ show was announced at 8pm on the 14th of February, giving fans only minutes to race to the venue, where Prince played an acoustic set and it was confirmed he would be widening the tour to include Manchester.
Ever the quintessential self-publicist Prince, with 3rdEyeGirl, made a short-notice appearance at the BRIT Awards on 19 February to present the award for Best Female Solo Artist (which they handed to a stunned Ellie Goulding). Beforehand, however, the host, James Corden surprised Prince (himself a five times BRIT Award winner) by taking a selfie of the pair with his phone. Bearing in mind his disliking of mobile phone cameras Prince gracefully obliged, and the image became one of the most tweeted selfies of the year. The ceremony, held at the O2 Arena, was Prince’s first return to the venue since his Earth Tour in 2007, remarking nostalgically “Oh, I remember this place.”
After then heading to Manchester to play two shows there the tour concluded. Although Prince is expected to return to the UK after the release of Plectrum Electrum when it is slated he will be headlining two shows in London’s Hyde Park in May.
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