Prince announces 2 surprise shows at Sony Centre Friday
The artist announced the performances on his Twitter Wednesday
Prince has announced a surprise set of "exclusive and intimate" performances in Toronto this Friday at the Sony Centre.
The shows, set for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. are part of Prince's "Piano and a Microphone" tour, according to the artist's Twitter account and a release posted on the Sony Centre's calendar.
TORONTO...U GOT NEXT! <a href="https://t.co/KSBZk0kWh3">pic.twitter.com/KSBZk0kWh3</a>—@prince
"For those blessed enough to attend, everything about these exclusive performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences," the release says.
On tap will be a combination of the musician's best-known hits along with rarely-performed B-sides and never-before-heard material. Ticket-holders will also receive a copy of Prince's new album HITNRUN - Phase II.
The last-minute announcement thrilled fans on Twitter:
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Prince?src=hash">#Prince</a>: Piano & A Microphone | Sony Centre for the Performing Arts <a href="https://t.co/s5RNEyM02q">https://t.co/s5RNEyM02q</a><br>Holy concert rules, Batman! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PIANOandAmicrophone?src=hash">#PIANOandAmicrophone</a>—@Azifikare
<a href="https://twitter.com/prince">@prince</a> my heart! Still not over your last stop in Toronto. Guess it's time for round 2 💜💜💜💜—@akashapaulina
Toronto seems be a favoured city for Prince.
In the early- and mid-2000s, he was married to a Torontonian, Manuela Testolini, and spent a lot of time in the city.
Over the years, Prince has reportedly been spotted at Raptors games, or even taking to a stage on occasion — including as a DJ. The back cover of his album, Musicology, even includes photos of some of Toronto's more iconic buildings.
Fans here certainly love him back, though some would like a little more notice the next time the musician plans to perform here.
LOL 1 day notice Toronto, now that's really a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HitNRun?src=hash">#HitNRun</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/prince">@prince</a>—@captain_says
Tickets are set to go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.