Prince Just Announced TWO Shows for Toronto THIS FRIDAY

I’ll just quote the press release:

Prince Piano and Mic copy

This Friday, March 25th at 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto
Reserved Seats: $325, $225, $175, $125 (taxes included / $3.39 CIF and service charge extra).
Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at
Sony Centre Box Office will be open at 12 noon for in-person sales.Accessible seats may be purchased via the Sony Centre Box Office (416-368-6161 x7117).Voice mails regarding accessible seating will be returned in order of which they were received.
Every ticket purchased to Prince’s Piano & A Microphone concert includes a CD copy of his new album HITNRUN  Phase II, which will be distributed to ticket holders upon exiting the venue.
Prince will bring his Piano & A Microphone tour to Toronto this Friday, March 25th, for two exclusive and intimate shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
For those blessed enough to attend, everything about these exclusive performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The repertoire will be culled from Prince’s vast 39-album catalogueand each performance will have a unique set-list that evolves in real time, song-to-song. Fans should expect towitness special interpretations of well-known hits alongside rarely performed B-sides and new, never-before-heardmaterial.
Prince’s Piano & A Microphone tour commenced on January 21 at his US recording studio, Paisley Park, where hestunned fans who travelled from all over the world to see him perform two very personal shows. According to aRolling Stone review of these shows, Prince performed on a stage decorated sparsely with candles and shroudedin smoke. The show was framed by the story of how he mastered the piano and emerged from the shadow of hisfather, jazz pianist John L. Nelson. “The set moved chronologically (with a few exceptions) through the first decadeof Prince’s career,” Rolling Stone reports, “including at least one song from each of his first 10 albums.”
In addition to classic songs from albums including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign o’ the Times, the set-lists have alsofeatured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts includingThe Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.
To address ticket scalping concerns, the following procedures will be put in place to ensure that Prince fans and NOTresellers, are able to purchase tickets to these performances: Ticket limit per customer: There is a strict limit of four (4) tickets per customer, per show. Please adhere to publishedticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without noticeby Ticketmaster in its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address,credit card number or other information.
Ticket dispatch / will-call / entry: Tickets will not be distributed in advance. At the time of purchase, the purchaser’s name will be recorded and a corresponding receipt issued. The purchaser must attend the concert (with their guest ifthey have purchased two or more tickets).Entry to the theatre will commence one hour before showtime The purchaser and his/her guests must attend together toobtain entry. Photo ID, booking account number and the credit card used for purchase, will be required to match thename and information used for the booking process and all of these must be available to obtain entry.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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