The pop frontman is currently playing his 'Hit and Run' shows Stateside
Prince has unveiled a brand new, surprise single ‘What If?’
The pop singer premiered the track on Louisville radio station WFPK, to mark starting the US leg of his Hit and Run tour with four shows in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend, reports Consequence of Sound. Listen to the song below, which is a ‘reworking’ of a song by Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman.
Earlier this year Prince gave a surprise performance at London’s KOKO, playing a lengthy set that included some of his biggest hits. The private show, which was in support of the charity Autism Rocks, attracted big names in the audience including Noel Gallagher and Zane Lowe.
Prince took to the stage at 10pm with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL and launched into ‘Purple Rain’, before playing all of his greatest hits for more than two hours. “We’re gonna play 14 hits in a row,” he told the crowd. “Then if you’re still standing we’ll play some more.”
Joined on stage by Joshua Welton (keyboards) and Liv Warfield (vocals), the singer perfomed classic tracks ‘Controversy’, ‘U Got The Look’, ‘1999’, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘Kiss’, as well as a cover of Paloma Faith’s ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’. “How many of you remember the ’80s?” he asked before playing ‘Let’s Go Crazy’.
The show was Prince’s first of 2015, following last year’s series of spontaneous ‘Hit and Run’ shows, which were announced last minute via Twitter. Venues for the shows included Ronnie Scotts, Electric Ballroom and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL recently unveiled a new retro video for track ‘Marz’. The short track was taken from the album ‘Plectrumelectrum’ and the video was a seventies throwback piece, featuring blurry colours, psychedelic imagery and simulated static.