Prince to headline Montreux jazz fest

  • Prince is set to return to the Montreux Jazz Festival for three concerts in July, according to organizers on Thursday.

    The American singer and musician is booked to perform three shows on July 13, 14 and 15 at the 47th edition of the Swiss festival, the first after the death of founder Claude Nobs.

    "Groovy, funky and the undisputed master of improvisation, Prince's performances are all unique and unpredictable," organizers said of the 54-year-old singer.

    Prince first appeared on the Montreux stage in 2007, then showed up at 3 am to jam with his band at a late-night jazz cafe along Lake Geneva.

    Two years later, he performed two back-to-back shows on the same night.

    Tickets went on sale on Friday morning, starting at $190 (standing) and $430 for a seat.

    The rest of the line-up will be announced on April 18.

    Nobs, who lured stars such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Switzerland, died in January at the age of 76 after several weeks in a coma following a skiing accident.

    He will be honored at this year's festival, which runs from July 5-20.