Prince to Headline Montreux Jazz Festival

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Minnesota: As with Jackson and Mellencamp in Indiana, you couldn't go wrong with either a pop/R&B cornerstone - Prince - or rock icon - Bob Dylan - representing Minnesota. We'll give the nod to Prince, as "Purple Rain" vividly transported '80s music fans to Minneapolis, where the movie was filmed almost exclusively.

Prince will play three pricey headline shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival this July, for what will be the famous fest’s first edition since its founder Claude Nobs passed away.

The master musician will perform over the three nights of July 13, 14 and 15, organizers of the Swiss music event have announced. Tickets for the shows at Auditorium Stravinski don’t come cheap. At the lowest end of the scale, standing tickets cost Swiss Francs 175 ($190), while seated tickets are CHF 395 ($428).

Montreux is familiar turf for Prince. He first played at the fest in 2007 and returned in 2009, when he delivered two shows in the same evening.

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Prince recently returned to the spotlight with the new track "Screwdriver," and he was on hand at the Grammy Awards to present Gotye and Kimbra with the Record of the Year trophy. On May 19, Prince will receive the Icon Award and perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.

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The Montreux Jazz Festival is entering a new era without its founder and former GM Claude Nobs, who died in January after sustaining injuries from a fall while cross-country skiing on Christmas Eve. Just months earlier, he'd stepped away from the event he created back in 1967.

The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival runs from July 5-20. The full line-up will be unveiled Monday (April 18).