Prince Gets Ready to Perform in Montreal, June 24, 2011

*In addition to his previously-reported opinion of digital music from his recent interview in The Guardian, Prince also gave his views on the joys of performing in Islamic countries, saying women forced to wear burqas are “happy” to wear them.

“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion,” Prince told the British newspaper. “There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.”

The Guardian pointed out that perhaps not every woman forced to wear a burqa is thrilled with the idea. The singer acknowledged: “There are people who are unhappy with everything. There’s a dark side to everything.”

Later in the interview, Prince seemed to backtrack a bit. “I don’t want to get up on a soapbox,” he said. “My view of the world, you can debate that forever. But I’m a musician … come to the show for that.”

As previously reported, Prince also shared some less controversial views on the issue of music piracy. He bemoaned changes in the industry caused by people who steal music online. “Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google,” he said.

The singer also said he has a meeting scheduled with President Obama at the White House to address the issue.

Meanwhile, the paparazzi caught up with His Royal Badness as he left for a concert at the  Metropolis, Montreal in Canada. See photos and the show’s set list below:

Set List for June 24th concert

American Woman/Untitled Funk Groove
When Eye Lay My Hands On U
Crimson And Clover/Wild Thing/Wait In Vain
When We’re Dancing Close and Slow
Peach
Controversy
Encore:
Pass The Peas [feat. Maceo Parker]
Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
Encore 2:
Let’s Go Crazy
Delirious
Let’s Go Crazy (reprise)
1999
Little Red Corvette
Encore 3:
Musicology – Tighten Up – Prince And The Band
Encore 4:
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
Encore 5:
Purple Rain [guitar and piano only]
Encore 6:
Raspberry Beret
Cream – For Love
Cool/Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson cover)