Swiss memories of a Prince-ly artist


GENEVA – Synthpop, Minneapolis Sound, R&B, new wave and pop are but a few of the genres that the late music icon, Prince, successfully interpreted. His death, less than two months before his 58th birthday, has left his fans  sad and heart-broken.

Prince, who sold over 100 million records worldwide and was considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, was found dead at his house in Minnesota, USA.

During his greatest stardom years, Prince toured Switzerland often, mostly Zurich and the German-speaking area, venturing only once to French-speaking Switzerland. That ocurred in 1990 in Lausanne.

His concert in Geneva never materialized however, and it wasn’t until 2007 when Prince broke “the Rosti barrier” and did so producing seven concerts between 2007 and 2013 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Prince performed in Montreux once in 2007, twice in 2009, and an outstanding four times in 2013. including an aftershow jamming session.

In 2009, Prince adapted his All The Critics Love You In New York as All The Critics Love You In Montreux in an epic 10-min funk version (see video here).

In 2011, Purple Music, a Switzerland-based record label, released a CD single produced by Prince.

Switzerland never got to see him again with his Piano and a Microphone tour. In late 2015, Prince cancelled his European tour following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

This is what it sounds like When Doves Cry.

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