Prince watch: The Purple One strikes again with show at Shepherd's Bush Empire

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform at the west London venue, with tickets costing £10 for the two and a half hour show

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The Purple One struck again last night, ambushing another London venue for a performance with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.

Following his two impromptu gigs last week at Camden’s Electric Ballroom, fans queued for hours to get a £10 ticket for the show at the 2,000 capacity Shepherd’s Bush Empire, where Funkadelic’s George Clinton was in attendance.

The two and a half hour set consisted of greatest hits like I Would Die 4 U, Sign O’ The Times and When Doves Cry, as well as new material created for 3RDEYEGIRL, such as Fixurlifeup and Funk’n‘roll, described by Kitty Empire as ‘the sort of timeless genre exercise that Prince could write blindfolded, with one hand tied behind his back and a rose in his teeth.’

There’s no clues as to where the next show will take place, but the singer has mentioned a number of venues that he’s got his eye on, including Ronnie Scott’s and Soho’s the Bag O’Nails Club. More news as it comes.

Last night’s set list (via PrinceVault):

Let’s Go Crazy incl. Frankenstein interpolation .
She’s Always In My Hair
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Plectrum Electrum
Marz Incl. Johnny B. Goode
Colonized Mind
Prince speech
Chaos And Disorder

[Piano set]
How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
The Beautiful Ones
Diamonds And Pearls
Purple Rain
Do Me, Baby

Forever In My Life instrumental
When Doves Cry
Sign O’ The Times
Nasty Girl instrumental
A Love Bizarre instrumental
I Would Die 4 U
Hot Thing
777-9311 instrumental
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World sample
Mr. Goodnight sample
Breakfast Can Wait sample

Play That Funky Music
Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
Cause And Effect incl. Love 4 One Another
I Like It There

Prince has performed a series of shows with 3RDEYEGIRL since forming last year. Watch some footage of the band playing in Aarhus, Denmark from August 2013.

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