Live Music — February 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Prince announces last minute tour of Australia and New Zealand

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He’s one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation, with a career that has spanned decades and he’s coming to Australia and New Zealand later this month. 

The announcement came via a press release and was confirmed on the Purple Rain and Kiss star’s Twitter account.

 

Originally the star was due to perform in Europe but scrapped the tour late last year following the Paris terror attacks. Europe’s loss has been Australasia’s gain as the 57 year old will now be touring Australia and playing his first ever shows in New Zealand.

 

The show will see a far more stripped back version of the star’s work, with him performing on stage with just a piano. His Piano and a Microphone Tour commenced with a show at Paisley Park in Minnesota, which was met with rave reviews.

 

 

“Why do this now? For several reasons. For starters it is a challenge. I rarely get bad reviews because this is something that’s been perfected for over 30 years,” he said.

“You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get. ”

 

The exact details of when and where the shows will take place have not been released yet and whether the star intends on adding Southeast Asia to his tour has not been confirmed.

 

Price has remained one of the pop music world’s enduring stars, a self taught musical prodigy that plays each of the instruments across the 40 albums he has released over his career.

 

The recipient of multiple Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, it’s estimated that he has sold in excess of 100 million albums. His most prolific period of work was during the 1980s hich saw him deliver albums like Purple Rain and 1999, cemeting his legacy as a pioneer and innovator in the musical realm.