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Prince Australian tour dates

Update: A second Brisbane show has been added on May 26th. Tickets on sale Monday April 23rd.

So this is what it sounds like when doves cry! After months of rumour-mongering and false starts the Prince Australian tour dates have finally been announced.

The Purple one will land on our shores for the first time in eight years this May, and with his most recent US shows featuring costume changes, greatest hits medleys, dancing a-top pianos and guitar solos galore it’s safe to say we are in for one hell of a Princely treat.

Tour promoters Chugg had forecast that the long awaited tour announcement would come tomorrow, but the Purple Rain has started falling a little early with Everguide leaking the Prince tour dates in a story forward dated to April 12th.

Prince has announced single shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in mid-May, with plenty of room for extra shows (and after-parties). The tour will feature a huge full scale arena production including “groundbreaking technology and a complete 360 degree stage”.

Prince Australian tour dates:
Friday 11th May – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Saturday 12th May – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Monday 14th May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tuesday 15th May – Rod Laver, Melbourne
Friday 18th May – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Saturday May 26th – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – JUST ADDED
Wednesday 30th May – Rod Laver, Melbourne

On both of his previous Australian tours Prince has played ‘secret’ intimate club shows after his sold out stadium gigs – so keep an ear out for word of some special extra dates!

Prince’s most recent set-list:

Let’s Go Crazy
Delirious
1999
Little Red Corvette
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
Cream
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough
Nothing Compares 2 U
Cool
When Doves Cry
Nasty Girl
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Forever In My Life
Alphabet Street
I Would Die 4 U
Hot Thing
Kiss

Encore:
Purple Rain
Encore
Controversy

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ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 29th Apr, 2012

Janelle Monae supporting all dates.

Suddenly this show has risen to god level

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 29th Apr, 2012

Prince is playing a Brisbane show on the 26th and Janelle is booked for the opera house on that date...

Sir Toire

Sir Toire said on the 29th Apr, 2012



This calls for a hologram.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 29th Apr, 2012

Yeah, what's the sauce on JM?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 29th Apr, 2012

http://www.pedestrian.tv/music/news/janelle-mon%C3%A1e-to-support-prince-on-australian-tour/73614.htm

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 29th Apr, 2012

so all dates except Brisbane?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 29th Apr, 2012

I'd say all dates bar the last Brisbane and Melbourne dates.

Means that, if you had the cash, you could see janelle 4 times in Sydney. Holy shit.

grattan

grattan said on the 1st May, 2012

Looks like there's gonna be another show in Sydney some time after the 21st of May. The promoters just announced a competition and the T&Cs kinda give it away.

The prize: 2 Purple Reserve Tickets to Prince W2 Australia concert in declared State, 10 Prince CD’s and tour
poster. The prize will be delivered within 24 hours of the competition closing. The winner should make reasonable
attempt to accommodate delivery.
7. The winner will be responsible for all travel costs associated with travel to and from the concert.
8. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges based on creativity and integration of Prince song names
into their entry. The winner will be notified by email and or by phone 24 hours of their selection.
9. The prize promotion opens on May 1st, 2012, at 3pm and closes on May 21st, 2012, at 11am (“the Closing Date”)

shazie

shazie said on the 1st May, 2012

I applaud your attention to detail Grattan, even if it (most probably) ends up being a typo.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 1st May, 2012

Most definitely: Lady Gaga has Allphones Arena booked from the 20th to the 24th

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd May, 2012

Amazed that langlands didn't take Gratt's typo and make an article out of it.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 2nd May, 2012

I would like to see Prince play Basketball. I heard he's really good. Maybe he could do some layups between encores? I might actually pay money for that.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 2nd May, 2012

Looks like there's gonna be another show in Sydney some time after the 21st of May. The promoters just announced a competition and the T&Cs kinda give it away.

The prize: 2 Purple Reserve Tickets to Prince W2 Australia concert in declared State, 10 Prince CD’s and tour
poster. The prize will be delivered within 24 hours of the competition closing. The winner should make reasonable
attempt to accommodate delivery.
7. The winner will be responsible for all travel costs associated with travel to and from the concert.
8. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges based on creativity and integration of Prince song names
into their entry. The winner will be notified by email and or by phone 24 hours of their selection.
9. The prize promotion opens on May 1st, 2012, at 3pm and closes on May 21st, 2012, at 11am (“the Closing Date”)

speaking of competitions, what's going on with FL? There's usually like 10 open competitions at any given time and there's only 3 at the moment...

grattan

grattan said on the 2nd May, 2012



Don't worry we have one hell of a damn fine comp opening very soon. Opens this weekend i think... should have paid more attention in the meeting.

Can't say more yet - but watch this space. (well not THIS exact space - it's not Prince related - but you get what i mean.)

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 2nd May, 2012

Sweet. Looking forward to it

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 2nd May, 2012

Due to high demand, a third Prince concert has been announced for Sydney, taking place at Allphones Arena Tuesday 22 May. Tickets go on sale 9am Monday 7 May through Ticketek.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 7th May, 2012

Don't worry we have one hell of a damn fine comp opening very soon. Opens this weekend i think... should have paid more attention in the meeting.

Can't say more yet - but watch this space. (well not THIS exact space - it's not Prince related - but you get what i mean.)

Any updates?

grattan

grattan said on the 7th May, 2012



Lil delay - should be up tomorrow. It's worth the wait. (I hope!)

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 7th May, 2012

Is it Lunch With Grattan?

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 7th May, 2012

Signed skrillex guitar?

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 7th May, 2012

Vinyl copy of The Nebulizer by Kerser filled with the blood of the FL staff?

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 7th May, 2012

Free tickets to RustyInBondi's eugenics seminar

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 7th May, 2012

Limo ride around East Gossy with Lil $hymillionaire

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 7th May, 2012



Hahahaha holy amaze balls batman

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 7th May, 2012

Tickets to Hip Hop Promoting 101 with guest lecturer MASTACRAFT

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 7th May, 2012





They could have a rap battle.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_110wcPq1TEY/Sy2UKbyQI2I/AAAAAAAAF2E/Fld_CQAdb3w/s320/cripple_fight.jpg

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012

Second prize is The SlowerQuieter Joke Book.

http://seenos.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/empty-book.jpg

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 7th May, 2012

Third prize - VIP tickets to watch Lukey eat lunch.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 7th May, 2012

All entrants who don't win a prize get Quicky's mum.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012

So do all entrants who do.

grattan

grattan said on the 7th May, 2012

Anyway back on topic.

Here's Prince's band:

John BLACKWELL Drums
Elisa FIORILLO Vocal
Morris HAYES Keyboards
Shelby JOHNSON Vocals
Damaris LEWIS Dancer / Model
Andy McKEE Acoustic Guitar
Ida NIELSEN Bass Guitar
Cassandra O’NEIL Keyboards
Rasheda ROBINSON DJ
Olivia WARFIELD Vocals

grattan

grattan said on the 7th May, 2012



Yep. She DJs for Kelis as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lil-GC82ck

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 7th May, 2012

Anyway back on topic.

Here's Prince's band:

Damaris LEWIS Dancer / Model


Best name and job imo

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 7th May, 2012



The Stuff MAB Hates tour:

Kasabian
Jane Gazzo
Jonno Seidler
Every DJ ever

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 7th May, 2012

I find it a little bit funny that MAB is shocked at the necessity of a DJ but isn't questioning the model

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012

I didn't even see the model; hilarious that she's included in part of the band.

I thought it was made illegal in 2002 for non-hip-hop acts to tour with DJs.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 7th May, 2012

Why do you hate Jane Gazzo, MAB? The other things seem perfectly justified imo.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 7th May, 2012

One time MAB went to see Jane Gazzo do a DJ set and she just kept spinning Kasabian.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 7th May, 2012

Anyway back on topic.

Here's Prince's band:

Damaris LEWIS Dancer / Model




This is a Damaris Lewis.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MOTTCulRfyg/Tdcag7NAm1I/AAAAAAAAEow/CMC_1ZBHYDE/s1600/Damaris-Lewis.jpg

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 7th May, 2012



She's an out-of-touch ditz who's too old for youth television.



I'm MAB. And I approve this message.

grattan

grattan said on the 7th May, 2012

And here she is not dancing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMpQgDbqz6U

"She is known for having a short torso for her height"

Wiki has all the best info!

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 7th May, 2012

The moral of the story is Kate Upton is America's answer to Daisy Lowe and it's a pretty decent answer. She even dances in her bikini!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34hWlRJHCqs

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 7th May, 2012

Terry Richardson standing next to a woman with a bikini ON? what is wrong with this world!!

grattan

grattan said on the 8th May, 2012

[URL="http://www.heelstohoops.com/?p=134"]If anybody is wondering what a 5" 10 model is going to do on tour with a music legend, just know I LOVE to dance. And that's all I'm going to say for now.

And gotta love these tweets from Prince's drummer:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE MOTHERSHIP HAS LANDED IN AUSTRALIA, AND I CAN SEE PRINCE AND NPG STEPPING FROM THE SPACECRAFT. GET READY FORDA FUNK ENJOY THE FUNK AND ENJOY THE SHOW EVERYBODY BRING SOME DEODORANT BECAUSE DA FUNK IS GOING 2 SMELL UP AUSTRALIA.

Samwise

Samwise said on the 11th May, 2012

Anyone know what the set times are for this tonight?

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012

Our reviewer has been told to make sure to be in his seat by 8pm. Take that as you will.

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 11th May, 2012

this was Melbourne's times

Arena doors: 7.15pm
Prince: 8pm
Event concludes: 11pm

would expect the same for sydney.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th May, 2012



So much for the media blackout of no photogs or reviewers.

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012



No photogs (just an official tour shooter).
We've got a reviewer in for the first show only.

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012



How about flights to Sydney, accommodation and tickets to sold out Vivid shows?

Not too bad, huh?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th May, 2012

Doubtful? Lewis? Busch? Please not Seidler.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th May, 2012

Excellent choice! Look forward to that.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th May, 2012

Pffft. I was hoping for Shieldsy.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th May, 2012

Prince was okay, but there was no METAL!

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th May, 2012



It would take four pages to say that though.

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012

From Chugg:

Excited people attending Prince tonight, at this stage there will no support & our understanding is that the man himself will take to the stage at 8pm. Please note, times are approximate & subject to change. Enjoyyyyyy!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 11th May, 2012

Shame that Janelle Monae rumour wasn't true.

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012



It's meant to be Deliah anyway:

From her FB: So honored to announce that I will be supporting PRINCE on his Australian tour this May! Dream come true...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxNe9jWNuEU

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012

Damn!

http://distilleryimage4.instagram.com/49023b569b1311e1a92a1231381b6f02_7.jpg

The Great Monkey War

The Great Monkey War said on the 11th May, 2012

Acquired a last minute spare ticket from a friend for $100.

I am now a Prince fan. What a fantastic entertainer. And a mesmerising/sexy guitarist.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 12th May, 2012

Was pretty rad, was happy to hear When Doves Cry this time around

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 12th May, 2012

How about flights to Sydney, accommodation and tickets to sold out Vivid shows?

Not too bad, huh?

pretty fine comp you have there.

deanoss

deanoss said on the 13th May, 2012

Melb after party annouced yet?

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 15th May, 2012

apparently he threw his guitar into the crowd last night in Melbourne!!

grattan

grattan said on the 18th May, 2012

According to a few folks posting on the Prince tour FB page - Ticketek are now selling gold tickets at silver ticket pricing ($99) for the show next Tuesday

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 18th May, 2012

You're fucking kidding me. The day AFTER I buy my silver ticket.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 18th May, 2012



That doesn't seem to be the case.

If anyone can shed any light on this, please do. If the price becomes $99 for gold, I am totally getting tickets for next Tuesday.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 18th May, 2012

If you select silver, it offers you tickets in Bays that were previously listed as Gold.

Currently getting offered tickets in Bay 38 for Silver price.

Gold tickets offer me seats in Bay 2.

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/dbimages/sfx87136.gif

What are people's thoughts on Bay 38 for $99?

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 18th May, 2012

I would say it would be foolish not to buy a ticket in Bay 38 for $99

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 18th May, 2012

$99? Well this better be the best tasting beer in the world.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41dJvVFJh7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Well... going to Prince in Tuesday. My girlfriend should be happy. She likes Prince far more than I do.

01seb

01seb said on the 18th May, 2012

BRISBANE TONIGHT:
Prince & THE NPG PRESENT
THE OFFICIAL BRISBANE AFTERJAM
At The Hi-Fi Brisbane
Tickets $100 Cash Only
Doors 11:30 pm
Please do not line up until 10:30 pm

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 18th May, 2012

Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 18th May, 2012

I'm so tempted to go.. Are you going Tyler/Seb?

01seb

01seb said on the 18th May, 2012

I was tempted. But I'm not that big of a fan to be honest and I have work 7am-6pm tomorrow so I think I'll give it a miss.

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 24th May, 2012

For anyone that is interested, Purple Reserve seats ($350) in Brisbane are being offered when selecting Gold tickets ($180).

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 24th May, 2012

I really enjoyed Tuesday night's show. Prince is a really great showman.

I had a really good night even though I've never been a big Prince fan.

The one thing I had issue with was the sound. Too many occurrences of feedback and Prince's guitar was just a bit too loud. Whilst I loved his guitar work, some of it was really ear-splitting. I was incredibly deaf after the show.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 24th May, 2012

Yeah it was a bit like that for the Brisbane show. It would be a pretty big mission for the sound guys to judge considering they have to cater for the sound around the entire Arena and most likely make the best judgement they can with the help of some other engineers around the arena possibly making suggestions to the front of house engineer throughout the show.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th May, 2012

On Tuesday, I walked in the door that was said on my ticket to find no usher there and a curtain covering where I was supposed to be. My entire section had been curtained off. Meant I got a free upgrade to a gold seat down the front of the third elevation - a minor upgrade, sure, but it was enough for me.

Really fun show, was dancing almost all the time through it. Probably ranked around 2nd or 3rd in my top shows of the year so far.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th May, 2012

That's what's up.

When do you fly in, buddy ol' pal?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th May, 2012

Bang bang. Can't wait to hang!

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 30th May, 2012

A very awesome review of Prince playing in Melbourne in the early hours of Tuesday morning

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 30th May, 2012

I don't want to read that review because it'll make me sad

deanoss

deanoss said on the 30th May, 2012

Afterparty at the hifi tonight

grattan

grattan said on the 1st Jun, 2012

From the Australian:

AFTER playing to more than 100,000 people in less than three weeks in a three-city tour that grossed more than $12 million, Prince yesterday boarded his jet to return to his home near Minneapolis in the US.

Just eight weeks after his Welcome 2 tour was announced the 53-year-old pop star has completed what will go down as one of the shortest, most low-fuss tours of a star to this country. Tour promoter Garry Van Egmond says the only other tour ever run like this in Australia happened in 2002, the last time Prince came to town.With 100,000 tickets sold for between $100 and $150, gross sales will amount to an estimated $12.5 million. At each show 120 people each paid $450 to sit next to the stage in a cabaret-style "purple zone".

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 1st Jun, 2012

first Boxscore in from the tour

Prince @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane, Australia
May 18, 26, 2012
Revenue: $3,212,670
Tickets sold: 17,798 /20,036

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