A couple of weeks ago Prince turned up in London playing a series of secret shows and grabbing the headlines.
The idea was pretty neat – Prince is famous for his after hours club shows and most often his best music goes on in these blockbuster jams. The idea of geurilla gigs and no set list is exciting – it breaks down the boring arena circuit notion of pop superstardom.
The gigs were announced at last minute and some of them were half full because people didn’t know where they were – they kept everyone guessing.
In Manchester it seemed like they were going to do the same; pitch up last minute and play but what Prince has done instead is to announce 2 shows at, what is intimate for him – the 2500 capacity Academy One and charge £77 a ticket. Of course with a catalogue as great as his he could easily justify this fee but there is a sneaking feeling in Manchester that the two Manchester gigs are being used to pay for the whole jaunt that was built around an appearance on the Brit Awards and a series of profile small gigs – brilliant PR but why should the north pay for it?
What do you think? worth every penny or footing the bill?