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    Prince pays tribute to Vanity at Piano & a Microphone tour opener in Melbourne
    By: Nathan Todd ( – Feb 18, 2016

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    Prince opened up his highly anticipated Piano & a Microphone tour—the tour was postponed twice due to ticketing issues and the Paris attacks—in Melbourne on February 16 just hours after learning that his longtime friend, muse, and fellow artist Denise “Vanity” Matthews-Smith had passed away from kidney failure and abdominal illness. Matthews-Smith fronted the Prince assembled Vanity Six group. While he could have postponed once again, Prince took the stage at the State Theatre for the first of two performances. It was an intimate, emotional night.

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Prince dedicated “Little Red Corvette” to his dearly departed one time protégé. Prince evoked Matthews-Smith’s name throughout the night, changing the name Electra to Vanity in “The Ladder.” He also told intimate anecdotes about her during the 20-song set. At times the gravity of it all seemed to overwhelm him. Right before the encore and during the intro to “The Beautiful Ones,” Prince thanked the audience. “I am new to this playing alone. I thank you all for being so patient. I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight. Just keep jamming…she knows about this one.”

    While Prince soldiered through the first performances, something was amiss at the second as he left the stage early after performing “Purple Rain” (Vanity was originally cast as the female lead in the 80s smash hit film) according to Musicfeeds via PedestrainTV. Some fans got a bit unruly as the two-hour show was only 80 minutes long, but honestly, can you blame the guy? A full setlist from the first performance is below.

    Thanks to Jambase

    Prince at the State Theater, Melbourne, Australia February 16, First Performance

    Big City
    Ruff Enuff
    Little Red Corvette
    Dirty Mind
    Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
    Waiting in Vain
    If I Was Your Girlfriend
    How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
    The Ladder
    1000 X’S & 0’S
    When She Comes
    I Love U in Me
    Sometimes It Snows in April
    The Beautiful Ones

    Raspberry Beret
    Starfish and Coffee
    Paisley Park