Montreux jazz festival draws Prince, Sting, Marcus Miller

Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:40pm EDT
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By Stephanie Nebehay

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Prince, Leonard Cohen and Marcus Miller will headline the Montreux Jazz festival in July, expanded by the opening of a third concert hall "Lab", organizers said on Thursday.

Cohen will open the 47th edition of one of Europe's most prestigious summer music events, on July 4, and give a second concert the next night.

Prince was already booked for three back-to-back evenings (July 13-15) at the July 4-21 festival, the first since the death of founder and director Claude "Funky" Nobs in January after a skiing accident.

"Three nights, three shows, he's back. It is a huge honor," festival director Mathieu Jaton told a news conference in Lausanne. "We never know what Prince will do, or who he's coming with, but we're used to his incredible surprises."

Tickets for Prince - ranging from 175 Swiss francs ($190) to a whopping 395 francs - are already sold out, while all others go on sale on Friday morning (3.00 a.m. ET)

Other highlights include Sting on the 16th, the electronic group Kraftwerk on the 17th, Diana Krall on the 18th and Joe Cocker on the 20th.

For blues fans, Bonnie Raitt opens on the 11th for Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. Brian May of Queen fame and Deep Purple appear on the 19th and are likely to jam, Jaton said.

Claudia Leitte headlines the traditional Brazilian night on the 12th, along with Tulipa Ruiz and Gal Costa.   Continued...

U.S. musician Prince performs on the main stage during Budapest's Sziget music festival on an island in the Danube River August 9, 2011. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh