Purple intrigue: Prince's tour starts next weekend; after that, who knows?


If you know the artist who is again known as Prince, then you know you never really know with him.

The latest example: Prince's new North American tour opens in Louisville, Kentucky a week from Saturday, Pitchfork reports.

But nobody's saying exactly where in Louisville.

Nor do we know where the next show in the tour will be. Or when ... or how long the tour will last ... all of which explains why "Hit and Run" is being called a "spontaneous" tour from an artist who really isn't into planning, Mashable notes.

Prince is touring with his band 3rdEyeGirl. Rolling Stone says Louisville was selected to be the starting point because it's the hometown of drummer Hannah Welton.

Which prompted the Star Tribune to ask: "Since when does Prince let his drummer’s hometown come before his own?"

Just when you think you know him...

Of course, some in the Twin Cities have known Prince since the days when Roger and Nelson were still part of his name – as we were reminded this week when a staffer unearthed a vintage photo of the Bryant Junior High basketball team from the Star Tribune's archive.

It hit a media sweet spot as news, music, gossip, and sports outlets around the world reprinted the photo and embellished it with fragments of anecdotes from Prince's past (leading the Star Tribune's Jon Bream to provide "the real story").

As for the "Hit and Run" tour and where it's headed next, we'll just have to stay tuned.

Then again, since the Purple One backed away from social media last fall what should we be tuned to?

Like so much with Prince, we just don't know.

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