Reclusive pop superstar PRINCE thrilled revellers at BB KING'S club in Los
Angeles on Monday (18AUG03) by turning up unannounced to play a string of new
tunes - but he refused to sing.
The PURPLE RAIN star played his latest album, N.E.W.S., in its entirety
with a paired-down backing group made up of bassist RHONDA SMITH, drummer JOHN
BLACKWELL, RENATO NETO and ERIC LEEDS.
The new material showed off Prince's current interests in jazz - the four
14-minute instrumentals, NORTH, SOUTH, EAST and WEST went down well with the
audience at the UNIVERSAL CITY WALK venue.
Wearing a trademark purple suit with a black shirt and tie, Prince seemed
to enjoy the hour-long performance. At one point he even left the stage
mid-song and sat upstairs in the V.I.P section of the club, where he chatted to
rejoining his group.
But the pop eccentric refused to sing or speak to the crowd, and confined
his communication to hand signals.
Towards the end of the show, an increasingly frustrated audience began to
chant "Sing!" But Prince didn't. When it was over, he flashed a peace sign to
the crowd and disappeared.