Prince covers The Waterboys at Ronnie Scott's show

Prince covers The Waterboys at Ronnie Scott's show

Prince played the smallest so far of his London 'Hit and Run' gigs yesterday [February 17], performing at the 250 capacity Ronnie Scott's venue.

The set included a surprise cover version of The Waterboys' "The Whole Of The Moon". The song – originally released in 1985 – is long rumoured to have been written about Prince. The band have denied this but singer Mike Scott told Uncut that the sound was inspired by Prince.

Scott said: "The sound of '…Moon', its synths, which crop up almost nowhere else in Waterboys music, was me copping sonic ideas from Prince, which Karl [Wallinger, keyboards], also a big Prince fan, was able to translate. I'd turned him onto Prince, played him 'Purple Rain' in the summer of '84."

Prince's setlist, as reported by Gigwise, was:

'Shade Of Umber'
'I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man'
'Beautiful Strange'
'Who Is He And What Is He 2 U?'
'Sex Machine'
'Take Me With You'

'Do Me Baby'
'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World'
'Diamonds And Pearls'
'The Beautiful Ones'
'Something In The Water'
'The Whole Of The Moon'

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