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Prince plays ‘Train in Vain’ by The Clash

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Prince live at Kings Place, London (Valentines Night 2014) img credit: The Guardian

For the past week Prince has been playing ‘guerilla’ style shows in and around London and last night (Valentines nights) Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl played two sets at Kings Place, to the delight of hundreds of fans.

Imagine the reaction when Prince played Train in Vain by The Clash!

Here’s the original:

Prince arrived in London earlier in February for what was promised to be a series of shows, and performances in Camden and at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire last week received rave reviews. The auditorium at Kings Place, normally home to classical or jazz concerts, suggested a more sedate affair and the tickets for the gig that were printed promised an acoustic show.

Train In Vain (history):

“Train in Vain” was added after the deal for The Clash to write a song for an NME flexi disc fell through, and as Mick Jones commented The real story on “Train In Vain” is that originally we needed a song to give to the NME for a flexi disk that NME was going to do. And then it was decided that it didn’t work out or decided the flexi disk didn’t work out so we had this spare track we had done as a giveaway. So we put it on London Calling but there wasn’t time because the sleeves were already done.The result of its late addition was that it was the only song without lyrics printed on the insert, and was not listed as a track.

If anyone has footage of Prince playing Train in Vain, please share it :)

News source:
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/15/prince-kings-cross-london-guerilla-gig

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