​Prince rocks Toronto in surprise back-to-back shows

Prince has never been one to play by the rules. As part of his Hit N Run tour – in which the superstar announces his pop-up concerts just days in advance – the Purple One performed two back-to-back shows in Toronto on Tuesday night (May 19), delighting lucky fans who snagged last-minute tickets.

Tickets for the shows went on sale less than 24 hours before the 56-year-old performer was scheduled to play the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. One concert was held at 8 pm and a second show took place at 11 pm at the same venue.

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The funk-rocker was accompanied by the all-female girl band 3rdeyegirl, featuring Mississauga guitarist Donna Grantis, who tweeted the news on Saturday along with the hashtag, #HOMECOMING.

Ever the entertainer, Prince gave the purple-clad crowd a show that won’t soon be forgotten, performing fan-favourites “Raspberry Beret,” “U Got the Look,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “When Doves Cry,” “Sign O’ the Times” and more before Donna took the reigns on a rip-roaring guitar solo for “Purple Rain.”

Did we do alright tonight?” he asked at the end of the two-hour spectacle, which included two encores and finished with “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

“Will you come back and see us? You promise?”

Prince and 3rdeyegirl at the BRIT Awards. Photo © Getty

The back-to-back shows were part of his aptly named Hit N Run tour, in which Prince has been announcing his impromptu performances just a day or two before taking the stage.

Prince is famously a fan of Toronto, telling The Canadian Press in 2004, “There are all sorts of different kinds of people everywhere you go in Toronto. There's all sorts of great music, great restaurants, great night spots."

The artist once even called the city home, having lived on midtown's ritzy Bridle Path borough with his then-wife, Toronto resident Manuela Testolini. The pair called it quits in 2006.

Last November, a rumour about a surprise Prince show in Toronto led hopeful fans to line up in the rain outside Massey Hall, though the speculation turned out to be false.

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