DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9,
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Nearly every move Prince has made over the last couple years has been a delightful surprising, and today's news is no different. The Purple One has announced that he'll embark on a 16-date string of European gigs called Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone Tour. A statement about the concept explains:

"Why do this now? For several reasons. For starters it is a challenge. I rarely get bad reviews because this is something that’s been perfected 4 over thirty years. You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get."

Prince's piano tour will hit the U.K., Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Denmark and Austria. A report from El País says the first show is on November 21 in Vienna.

Meanwhile, here's Prince's cryptic tweet about the plan: