Watch above: What happened to the surprise Prince concert? Jennifer Palisoc reports.
TORONTO – Scott Morin was left fuming after he lined up for hours to grab a wristband for a rumoured last-minute Prince concert at Massey Hall in Toronto on Tuesday only to be notified there was no planned event at all.
“Yesterday’s experience at Massey Hall was an exercise in poor communication and organization,” Morin wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“Standing in the rain all day like a rat in a cage, we are sent home with no wristband and no hope for a show the next day.”
Morin was one of hundreds of die-hard Prince fans who lined up in front of the music venue based on a rumour that the Purple Rain singer was staging a surprise concert.
“This dream, now shattered, leaves me feeling empty, manipulated and unappreciated.”
Knowledge of the “pop-up show” began to spread earlier in the day after Prince’s band, 3rdEyeGirl, posted a tweet, which was then quickly deleted: “4th day of November, we need a purple high: OTNOROT CALLING…”
Concert promoter Live Nation later released a statement apologizing for the confusion and said that there was “no concert scheduled” for that day.
Still, Morin and many others believed otherwise, especially after seeing an indication on the promoter’s website that there would be one.
“I saw the countdown ticker to the advertised 8 pm nov 4th show with my own eyes on the live nation site for 3 hours yesterday morning,” Morin wrote.
“This dream, now shattered, leaves me feeling empty, manipulated and unappreciated as a fan who has invested 10s of thousands of dollars in Prince music, concerts, artwork.”
Calgary-born Morin, who plans to move back home with his fiancée early next year, expressed on Facebook how much the pop legend’s music meant to him throughout his life and the missed opportunity to see him live in Toronto.
“Elena and my wedding song was to be Nothing Compares 2 U. Hopefully I will be able to share his live brilliance with Elena another time,” he wrote.
“In the meantime, I’m going to get up and try to get those 12 hours back that were burned away on Shuter and Victoria yesterday.”