Prince in Liverpool – is it finally happening?


Prince on the Arsenio Hall Show last year

Press release suggests the Purple One is set to make his first ever city date as part of his Prince Spotlight – Piano & A Microphone tour. Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby is practically shaking. 

It looks like Prince is finally coming to Liverpool!

We’ve waited years for this!

If you’ve ever even glanced at Getintothis for a brief period of time before, you’ll know that we’re, like, big bloody Prince fans, as seen by the fact that we will post the flimsiest of Prince stories. “Confirmed: Prince sneezes” and the like.

Catching him live can be a stressful experience these days though. He tends to announce shows just days before they happen, meaning if you don’t have the money there and then, you’re screwed. Just before his last set of UK dates, he announced he was holding a press conference in Lianne La Havas’ living room in her London flat, which actually took place a day later than it was supposed to. Plus, last year he announced a special deluxe edition of Purple Rain that never came out, ditto for the Live in Montreux DVD he announced in early 2013.

So nothing is for sure. Which means you have to cling on to rumour and hope for the best. It’s stressful business and you’ve got to have your wits about you.

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This morning, however, a European tour was announced, and it looks set to include Liverpool. The  Prince Spotlight – Piano & A Microphone tour will see the enigmatic superstar doing what it says on the tin; touring with a solo piano show, giving arguably the most intimate string of performances of his career.

The shows kick off in Vienna November 21st (Konzerthaus of Vienna) and end December 22nd in Brussels (Royal Circus.) Another “confirmed” date is Teatro Liceo in Barcelona December 13th.

The Liverpool date has been all-but-officially confirmed via the press release posted online by Dr Funkenberry, a blogger who is always on top of breaking Prince news. The actual date and venue is unknown, but it has been speculated that the Philharmonic Hall will be The Purple One’s destination.

Prince himself says of the tour in that press release; “Why do this now? For several reasons. For starters it is a challenge. I do not want to have bad reviews, but not back to what I’m sure I can do because I’ve done for 30 years. You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get.

This will mark Prince’s first ever date in the city, and to have such a unique show is truly something special.

You’d best start saving now. He could announce it at any given moment.