Friday, November 03, 2006
A piece of bizarre news, though possibly not as bizarre as the fact that I had to find out about it, quite incongruously, from the legendarily serious Parisian daily Le Monde. Prince, or the Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince is following Elvis, Andy Williams, Sammy Davis Jr, Elton John and Ireland's own Brendan Bowyer into residency in Vegas. From next Monday, the short Minnesotan, now one year shy of his 50th birthday, will be playing twice a week at Vegas' Club 3121, tickets costing $125 a pop. Prince, who has been releasing albums at a ferocious rate over the past ten years - albums that, it must be pointed out have been ignored by at equally a ferocious rate by almost everybody - has lived the most public reclusive existence ever, outdoing his old rival Wacko Jacko by simply hiding himself in public. Will this all continue in the starry lights of Vegas?