Prince postpones ticket sales for UK tour and hits out at 'vulture' touts
Pop star Prince has postponed the sale of tickets for his forthcoming UK dates, hitting out a ticket touts and secondary selling websites.
Fans of the multi-instrumentalist had been primed to snap up tickets for the Piano & A Microphone tour, which will see him play in Glasgow, London and Birmingham later this year.
But in a series of tweets on his official account, the Purple Rain star hit out at people who buy tickets to sell them at inflated prices, comparing them to "vultures" and "scavengers".
He also retweeted fans who hit out at websites which allow tickets to be resold well above face value.
Ticketmaster announced the sale postponement with the message: "The onsale of Prince - Piano & a Microphone tour has been postponed and will not be going ahead at 10am this morning.
"More details regarding purchasing tickets to follow."
The pop star is still due to play Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on November 27, London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane two days later, and the Birmingham Symphony Hall on December 1 - although it is unclear how fans will get tickets.
Prince, whose repertoire includes piano-led Starfish And Coffee and How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore, spent the early part of 2013 playing venues across England as part of his Hit And Run tour.
The concerts were often announced on the day, and saw tickets sold on the door for as little as £10.