Prince back on stage at Viage

Prince is unquestionably one of the best live musicians in the business, and tickets for his 20Ten sell-out tour are like gold dust. Yet his so-called “pre- and after-shows” are arguably even more legendary than the concerts themselves. Prince himself decides on the spur of the moment if he will do an pre- or after-show – often not until shortly before the gig.

With the pop superstar already rumored to be in town and booked to play to a sell-out audience at the Antwerp Sportspalais on Monday 8 November, there was plenty of speculation on the internet that he might be planning a pre-show over the weekend. At around 7pm on Saturday, it was confirmed… Prince would be playing again at Viage that night.

It seems the pop legend really likes the acoustics and intimate setting in the Viage Theatre – he had already used the venue for an after-show gig earlier this year. This time he took to the stage at around 2.30 am and delighted the audience of 400 ecstatic fans with almost four hours of quite literally breathtaking jazz, funk, disco and rock. The show had it all – a legendary play list and Prince at his very best.

Despite having staged a sell-out dinner show earlier in the evening, the Viage Theatre was perfectly set up for the performance – with superb lighting, excellent acoustics and a very intimate atmosphere – clearly demonstrating that in the short time since it opened Viage has already firmly established itself as the entertainment venue of choice in Brussels.