Prince returns to give live concerts

Prince has confirmed he will play a number of UK shows beginning next month.

The musician has recently revitalised his career with a series of concerts at the O2 Arena in London.

The shows came after a few years in which his career was thought to be on the wane.

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Rumours circulated earlier this month that the When Doves Cry and Purple Rain singer was to play a set of gigs.

His last UK appearance was a one-off show at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent in 2011.

Although no details of the forthcoming concerts were announced yesterday, the performances will take place at “iconic venues in and around London” starting on February 3, according to a statement.

He has planned the shows “to celebrate the release of Plectrumelectrum, the highly anticipated debut album from 3rdeyegirl, his all-female rock trio”. The statement concluded: “For now, know this: Prince is coming.”