After many months of planning, producers Phil Bathols and Tim Woods announced today the Sydney Opera House would host the world premiere of a very special concert celebration – NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE – a celebration of the music of Prince performed by the musicians and singers that performed alongside Prince at various times of his career.
NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE will premiere in at the Sydney Opera House on the 27th April and then play in Melbourne at Hamer Hall on the 29th April, 2018.
“I am so excited to be coming back to Australia this April, heading up an All Star line up of singers and musicians to honour the incredible life and music of Prince. The entire band were fortunate to work with him, and we are honoured to keep his memory and music alive at the world premiere of NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE,” said St Paul Peterson (the show’s musical director) who knew Prince since he was 17, appeared in Purple Rain (the movie) and was the original vocalist on Nothing Compares 2 U released by The Family in 1985.
NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE features performers from Prince and The Revolution, The Time, The Family (fDeluxe), Purple Rain, Mint Condition, NPG (the New Power Generation) and The Revolution – musicians, singers, producers and composers who were at Prince’s right hand throughout his incredible, trail-blazing journey – all co-conspirators in the creation of the music that changed the world, blending funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop into something much bigger than the sum of its parts.
Co-producer Phil Bathols said, “We’re very excited about this brand new show. We’ve worked extremely hard to create a concert that we feel would have enjoyed Prince’s blessing, including people that he would have welcomed and endorsed. We feel confident we’ve achieved that with this line up.”
A hugely ambitious project, the concert features over 12 extraordinary musicians and singers from around the world performing music from the entire catalogue of PRINCE.
“To say that I am excited to return to Australia to honor my friend, Prince, is an understatement. I was there with him for his Piano and a Microphone tour in 2016 and the memories are enormous. For me, this will be an emotional occasion and one of the hardest performances I will have done. I am HONORED and HUMBLED to work with these wonderful artists and musicians for this world premiere of NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE,”said Nik West.
NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – 27TH APRIL, 2018
HAMER HALL – MELBOURNE – 29TH APRIL, 2018
Pre-sale tickets on sale from 27th November. General on-sale from 30th November