Prince's 17 remaining L.A. shows cloaked in mystery

Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:38pm EDT
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By Ray Waddell

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Even though Prince is in the early stages of a 21-show stand in Los Angeles -- four down, 17 to go -- it's not at all clear where future shows will be held or where his tour will wrap up.

Prince's current leg began on April 14 at the Forum; his most recent show was at the storied arena on Saturday.

"Everything comes from Prince," says Mark Campana, co-president of North America concerts for Live Nation.

And, as Prince is prone to making quick decisions, the remainder of the tour after L.A., or even when the L.A. run will wrap, is still in the air.

"He has not discussed anything beyond L.A., and L.A. was decided literally as the trucks were leaving the Carolinas (at the end of March)," Campana says. "The drivers needed to know what direction to go and Prince said, 'head west.' By the time they were halfway across the country, they were told to go to Los Angeles and we were announcing the shows and putting them on sale for the Forum. So spontaneity is in play on all levels. We're all waiting with bated breath as to where's he going after Los Angeles."

Campana expected the rest of the L.A. shows to be played at the Forum, but then again ... "We are taking direction, not giving direction," he said.

<p>Prince acknowledges the audience as he accepts the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>