Prince kicks off UK tour with 34-song set in Birmingham

US singer brings 3rd Eye Girl back to the UK for his first gig in the city since 1995

Prince and 3rd Eye Girl returned to the UK last night playing a 34-song set at Birmingham’s LG Arena (May 15).

The epic set covered classics from his back catalogue, material that will feature on a forthcoming album with 3rd Eye Girl, ‘Plectrum Electrum’, a track he wrote for Vanity 6 in 1982, ‘Nasty Girl’, and a cover of Wild Cherry’s ‘Play That Funky Music’.

It was the first time Prince had visited Birmingham in 19 years and, answering a tweet sent out via the 3rd Eye Girl account, many fans turned up wearing purple. They were met by a banner covering the stage that read ‘Welcome To Funk’, and although the band began 40 minutes after the scheduled start time, they managed to play for just under two and a half hours.

The performance was the opening night of the second part of Prince and 3rd Eye Girl’s Hit And Run tour, which saw the band play a number of shows in London and one in Manchester earlier this year. Tonight (May 16), they begin a two-date residency at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena, before returning to Birmingham’s LG Arena, then playing at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Leeds’ First Direct Arena.

Prince and 3rd Eye Girl played:

‘Take Me With U’
‘Raspberry Beret’
‘U Got The Look’
‘Empty Room’
‘Let’s Go Crazy’
‘She’s Always In My Hair’
‘Plectrum Electrum’
‘Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)’
‘What’s My Name?’
‘How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore’
‘Diamonds And Pearls’
‘The Beautiful Ones’
‘Electric Intercourse’
‘Little Red Corvette’
‘When Doves Cry’
‘Sign O’ The Times’
‘Alphabet St’
‘Forever In My Life’
‘Hot Thing’
‘Nasty Girl’
‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’
‘Pop Life’
‘I Would Die 4 U’
‘Purple Rain’
‘Play That Funky Music’

Prince will play:

Birmingham LG Arena (May 19)
Manchester Phones 4 U Arena (16, 17)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (22)
Leeds First Direct Arena (23)

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