The Purple Rain icon is set to perform in countries including the U.K., Austria and Belgium on his Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone Tour, during which he will perform solo at a piano.

"Why do this now? For several reasons. For starters it is a challenge," he says in a statement. "I rarely get bad reviews because this is something that's been perfected 4 (for) over thirty years. You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get."

The music legend reportedly announced the news by inviting reporters from European newspapers to his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

The tour is expected to start in Vienna, Austria on 21 November (15) and end in Brussels, Belgium on 22 December (15), but the exact concert dates within that period are yet to be announced.