Last seen at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Prince has been confirmed to headline the Montreux Jazz Festival this July.
The “Sign of the Times” star will play three shows at the Swiss event, the first to be held since founder Claude Nobs died earlier this year following several weeks in a coma after a skiing accident.
Prince is booked to play on July, 13, 14, and 15, with tickets starting at $190 (175 Swiss francs standing) and $429 (395 Swiss francs seated.)
Festival spokeswoman Emilie Loertscher told Reuters:
“We consider him one of the headline acts.”
The 54-year-old first performed at the festival in 2007, shortly before his 21-night residency at London’s O2.
Selected as this year’s recipient of Billboard’s Icon Award — the award will be presented to the performer at the ceremony in Las Vegas on May 19 — Prince has been on something of a comeback drive this year.
Returning to the Internet this year, the multi-award winning artist released a live video version of his new track “Screwdriver” backed by an all-girl band.
New accounts on Twitter and YouTube have also been created under the moniker 3rdeyegirl. In addition, Prince recently played a series of surprise concerts in his hometown of Minneapolis.
BBC News reports that Prince first played Montreux in 2007, followed by a typical after-show gig at 03:00 am in a late-night jazz cafe by Lake Geneva.
Two years later he returned for two shows mixing classics with jazz-embued songs from his extensive catalog.
The rest of Montreux Festival’s line-up will be announced on April 18.
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