HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) August 3, 2007 – – Rock star Prince is apparently bigger in London than the top Brit music acts if tour dates are counted. He just kicked off his 21-show London tour at the capitalâ€™s O2 Arena, compared with the Rolling Stones who have three dates at the O2, Sir Elton John with one performance and even the long-awaited Spice Girls reunion reportedly have only one date booked there so far.
VISIT HOLLYWOOD TODAY.Â Prince opened there Wednesday night with a medley of his best known songs â€” and gave away copies of his latest album to his fans, further angering the labels, who want to sell CDs, not promote an artist. He also gave away copies of the new CD â€œPlanet Earthâ€ with a newspaper in the UK, sparking harsh criticism from the major labels.
The diminutive musician from Minneapolis, who opened the concert with â€œPurple Rainâ€, has claimed that the tour â€” his only European visit of the year â€” will be the final time he will play his greatest hits live.
In a two-and-a-half hour set that marked his first performance in London in more than a decade, he also sang â€œKissâ€, â€œGirls and Boysâ€, â€œLetâ€™s Go Crazyâ€ and â€œNothing Compared 2 Uâ€, accompanied by two scantily-clad female dancers.
The 49-year-old has said that, having prepared 150 songs for the 21 shows, audiences will hear a different selection every night he performs.
Audiences finally began heading for the exits after Princeâ€™s third encore Wednesday evening, only to rush to return when he appeared in the middle of the auditorium, and made his way back to the stage.
When he was back on stage, concert-goers were treated to a solo acoustic version of â€œLittle Red Corvetteâ€. Prince also covered â€œCome Togetherâ€ by the Beatles, and â€œCrazyâ€ by Gnarls Barkley.
All the people who attended the concert received a copy of the artistâ€™s new album, â€œPlanet Earthâ€. The pop maverick gave away about three million copies of the album with British newspaper the Mail on Sunday last month, amid protests from music retailers.
Through his career, Prince has sold 80 million albums, and won six Grammys and an Oscar, which he received for the music to the 1984 film â€œPurple Rainâ€.