Prince Will Play 21 Concerts in London

The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 8, 2007; 1:28 PM

LONDON -- Prince, whose hits include "Purple Rain" and "Kiss," will play 21 shows in London this summer.

The eclectic pop superstar, who is a Jehovah's Witness, said he wouldn't be playing any other European dates in 2007 because he must devote time to studying the Bible.

Tickets for the Earth Tour, set to begin Aug. 1, will be priced at $62 in tribute to his last album, "3121," he said Tuesday at a press conference.

Fans will receive a copy of his new album with their ticket.

"Last time I was here, a lot of people didn't get to see me, so we are trying to make it affordable for everybody," said Prince, who spoke to the media in a darkened room lined with purple drapes. "That's why we are doing such an extended stay."

The tour will begin with seven nights at London's O2 Arena. It will also include some secret club gigs. Tickets for the 02 Arena shows go on sale Friday morning.

Prince said he's prepared about 150 songs and will play a different selection at each show _ including a version of The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road."

"There are going to be so many nights here that we are going to change the show every night," he said.

Prince also declared himself "a big fan" of English chanteuse Amy Winehouse and said he hoped she would show up at one of his shows.

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