Thousands of people watched as the singer belted perform his classic hits including Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, KISS and Purple Rain to a full house in Abu Dhabi. The show, which took place at YAS Arena, after a successful Formula One Grand Prix.
The 52-year-old, as usual, chose a series of extravagant costumes carrying a custom guitar with a leopard-print strap and playing on a simple stage, with graphics reflected onto a screen, the rock star opened with Let’s Go Crazy followed by Kiss and continued with all of his great hits that have made history. s the show looked to be coming to an end Prince came back to perform three more songs, and as canons filled with silver and gold glitter went off across the stadium, he led the crowd to the chant of ‘Oh Abu Dhabi’.
Prince’s female backup singers wore jeweled kaftans and ethnic jewelry, and the singer himself wore heeled shoes and some outrageous jewelry before changing into a ruffled purple shirt to wind the crowd up with the classic Purple Rain.
Earlier in the day the Abu Dhabi royal family, world leaders and celebrities including Richard Branson, Manchester City footballer Patrick Vieir and tennis legend Boris Becker watched as Sebastian Vettel become the youngest champion in Formula One history.
Singer Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, the girlfriend second-place race finisher, Lewis Hamilton, joined Prince onstage for his encore. The Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Hugh Grant were also rumoured to be among the rich and famous taking part in the action on the luxury yachts moored in Yas Marina.
Tennis legend Boris Becker, a repeat visitor to the event, and the Manchester City footballer Patrick Vieira were spotted on the grid before yesterday’s race.
World leaders who watched the race included Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, and Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain.