As Prince completes the first two dates of his sold out Piano & A Microphone tour at Melbourne’s Arts Centre, Australia, reaction is euphoric.

Gone are the doubts that Prince’s solo performance with just a piano could sustain 80 minute shows, as Prince twice nightly delivers delightfully open, often insightful, and powerful performances. The Melbourne press reviewed the show as “breathtaking”.

Following its preview at Paisley Park the previous month the tour was promised to be an intimate affair from the outset but it received even greater potency on its opening night as Prince gave tribute to Denise Matthews, his former girlfriend who fronted also the band Vanity 6 in the early 1980s who died earlier that day following a long battle with kidney failure, she was 57. “I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight.” Prince revealed and dedicated much of the show to her. The couple appeared together on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 1983.

Where top price tickets soared to $970 and averaged $400, this experience proved cost was no concern for the lucky fans that was present. There were two shows each night over 16 and 17 February and is the format for the remainder of the tour. Backed only with a huge screen pumping out intoxicating psychedelic patterns throughout his set list for the first date’s shows was as follows:

6pm show

  1. Big City
  2. Ruff Enuff
  3. Little Red Corvette
  4. Dirty Mind
  5. Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
  6. Waiting in Vain (Bob Marley)
  7. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  8. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
  9. The Ladder
  10. 1000 X’S & 0’S
  11. When She Comes
  12. Satisfied
  13. I Love U in Me
  14. Sometimes It Snows in April
  15. Automatic
  16. The Beautiful Ones
  17. Raspberry Beret/Starfish and Coffee/Paisley Park [medley]
  18. Adore

10pm show

  1. The Love We Make
  2. Big City
  3. Batman (TV Theme)
  4. The Max
  5. Little Red Corvette
  6. Dirty Mind
  7. The Beautiful Ones
  8. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
  9. Sweet Thing (Chaka Khan)
  10. Do Me Baby
  11. Waiting in Vain / If I Was Your Girlfriend [medley]
  12. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  13. Four (Madhouse)
  14. I Wanna Be Your Lover
  15. 1000 X’s & O’s
  16. Black Muse
  17. The Ladder
  18. Raspberry Beret/Starfish and Coffee/Paisley Park [medley]
  19. Purple Rain

Stay tuned to our special Piano & A Microphone page for the full tour schedule, which is expected to visit Europe upon completion of the Australia and New Zealand leg.


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