Prince is postponing his recently announced European tour – which would have featured the singer sitting at a piano with no other musical accompaniment – due to the terrorist attacks in Paris.
True to his characteristic mystique, the Minnesota pop music icon hasn't said anything directly himself about the cancellation, but the Austrian concert hall where he was to kick off his "Piano & A Microphone” tour later this month has announced it has been postponed "until further notice," according to the Guardian.
This comes about a week after the tour – which reportedly would have brought the Purple One though some 16 cities in 11 countries – was announced. Prince was quoted as saying that the stripped-down, piano-only performance was his effort to "try new things," because "with the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get.”
But the tour ran into trouble well before it got off the ground. The artist postponed ticket sales after online resellers reportedly jacked up prices on tickets they'd gotten a hold of.
He complained that "real fans" were being priced out by the resellers.
The Guardian says he is not alone in cancelling performances due to the tragedy in Paris last Friday, with Motörhead, the Deftones, U2 and Foo Fighters having postponed or cancelled tour dates.
There is no indication when – or if – Prince's European tour will happen now.