Prince’s intimate evening, Coldplay’s Aussie invasion

May 13, 2012 at 10:29 p.m. ET

Prince has continued in his enigmatic ways, playing an intimate gig in Sydney with Seal and Flava Flav providing big-time cameos. Meanwhile, Coldplay has revealed the details of its Australian invasion.

Prince performance Seal and Flava Flav

Prince does not, it seems, do things by halves. The inscrutable performer clearly did not want to perform a standard Australian tour, playing a few stadium gigs and then leaving.

Rather the singer, known for hits like "Kiss" and "Purple Rain," recently added a surprise intimate performance at a Sydney nightspot.

It was a jam session at the Ivy Ballroom, which included the likes of Seal and Flava Flav joining Prince on stage.

The singer’s May 11 appearance at the Allphones Arena has not enjoyed rave reviews.

George Palathingal of The Sydney Morning Herald suggested the concert’s pacing was a touch off. Funk followed ballad followed medley.

However, George did suggest that when he got it right, "Prince brilliantly proved why there's no one else who can sing (Mountains), write (When Doves Cry), play (Controversy) or dance (Kiss) like him."

While Prince’s Australia tour continues, the details of Coldplay’s upcoming Antipodean foray have been announced.

The British four-piece will be bringing their Mylo Xyloto tour to Australia and New Zealand in November. New Zealand fans should be looking out for tickets to the band’s sole performance at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Nov. 10.

Australian supporters can expect a few more opportunities to catch the band, which will play Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Nov. 13, Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Nov. 17, and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Nov. 21.

"They're such special places for us," Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin said in a statement. "These venues are pretty huge, the Aussie and New Zealand crowds are always incredible and we'll be bringing everything we've got. It's going to be big."

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