Prince covers The Waterboys at tiny Ronnie Scott’s show

'Hit and Run' tour continues at iconic London jazz club

Prince yesterday played the smallest so far of his London ‘Hit and Run’ gigs, performing at the 250 capacity Ronnie Scott’s venue.

Taking the stage at midnight, Prince took to the piano to play an instrumental jazz funk set, joined by his band 3RDEYEGIRL, who so far have focussed on rockier material.

The set included a surprise cover version of The Waterboys’ ‘The Whole Of The Moon’. The song – originally released in 1985 – is long rumoured to have been written about Prince. The band have denied this but singer Mike Scott told Uncut that the sound was inspired by Prince.

Scott said: “The sound of ‘…Moon’, its synths, which crop up almost nowhere else in Waterboys music, was me copping sonic ideas from Prince, which Karl [Wallinger, keyboards], also a big Prince fan, was able to translate. I’d turned him onto Prince, played him ‘Purple Rain’ in the summer of ’84.”

Having announced the show during another surprise appearance at King’s Place on Friday night (February 14), fans queued from 6am for the chance to be at the show. As they waited, images of the iconic performer were projected onto the exterior wall of the Soho venue by neighbouring non-profit film foundation Britdoc. As per previous shows, a second set was performed following a change of audience.

Prince’s manager, Kiran Sharma, tweeted about the guestlist for the show, which included Noel Gallagher, Kate Moss, Rita Ora, Adele and model Cara Delevigne. Nile Rodgers was reportedly present too.

Prince’s setlist, as reported by Gigwise, is:

‘Shade Of Umber’
‘I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man’
‘Beautiful Strange’
‘Who Is He And What Is He 2 U?’
‘Sex Machine’
‘Take Me With You’
‘Do Me Baby’
‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’
‘Diamonds And Pearls’
‘The Beautiful Ones’
‘Something In The Water’
‘The Whole Of The Moon’