Prince Unveils 'Welcome 2 Canada' Tour
Prince Unveils 'Welcome 2 Canada' Tour

Prince will make a rare, royal visit Down Under this May.

After months of rumor and chatter, it was confirmed today that Prince will play three arena dates in Australia, for what will be the pop legend's third tour of this country and his first shows here since 2003.

What's more, the superstar will be wheeling out his greatest hits, according to promoters, and he'll play on a bespoke 360-degree stage in the round.

Sydney-based Michael Chugg Entertainment and Melbourne-based Van Egmond Group are presenting the tour, renewing a partnership which came together for the 2010 AC/DC stadium tour of Australia which sold more than 600,000 tickets and more recently handled Dolly Parton's arena tour of these parts.

Tickets for the Prince dates will go on sale this Monday, and will start at $99 Australian ($102) - a steal for an artist of this calibre, in a market where premier acts can charge up to four or five times that sum for the premium seats.

The Purple One's run of shows will start May 11 at the Allphones Arena (formerly Acer Arena) in Sydney, May 14 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, and May 18 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.