Prince Announces The ‘Welcome 2 America’ Tour


Yesterday afternoon, the Purple Yoda himself — Prince announced that he will be hittin’ the road on tour starting in December with a few friends. At the press conference announcement at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, Prince announced that the tour will be called Welcome 2 America:

Surprisingly, the press conference announcement yesterday was pretty light on details … like tour dates and cities, but Prince did announce a very impressive list of opening acts. Check out some photos of Prince at yesterday’s tour announcement event and find out who will be hittin’ the road with his Purple Majesty on tour …

Today, Prince headed to Harlem to the iconic Apollo Theater to announce he would be serving as Master of Ceremonies for a new concert series called ‘Welcome To America,’ which will be kicking off this December. Though he was mum on details like dates and tour stops, the 52 year-old singer/songwriter told the crowd that ‘Welcome to America’ will showcase some of his favorite artists including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E. The Minnesota native also confirmed that he and the New Power Generation would also perform nightly alongside featured acts. “If you’ve been to one of my shows, then you know what time it is,” the usually media shy artist joked. “You need to come early and come often because every time we play it’s always something new. I got a lot of hits. Bring friends, bring children, and bring foot spray because it’s gonna be funky” … Prince will play a special guitar for the duration of the concert series and then auction off the guitar for the benefit of Harlem Children’s Zone … At the press conference, Prince also debuted the full version of his new song ‘Rich Friends.’

HOLY MF SHIZZ! The New Power Generation? Are you kidding me? Let me tell you … I will do everything in my power to see Prince a few times on this tour, for sure. I hope to be able to see Prince + the NPG with Janelle Monáe as the opening act. I can’t think of a better mix of musicians to see all in one night. I will update with tour info as soon as it is made available. This new Prince tour sounds utterly amazing. I am so excited.

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  • J

    omg this is quite unfair. i hope he comes to australia
    WITH Janelle Monae.
    Does this announcement remind anyone of a similar announcement 2 years ago held in London by another Male artist?
    This is a tour not to miss, I’m very jealous!

  • truthyisalways

    I was watching Tavis Smiley in the middle of the day and I just about FELL OF THE COUCH when I saw that Tavis was interviewing the Tiny Purple One! I hope he supports this tour by going on Tavis again and doing a few interviews–he was real, really great, warmer than you’d expect. Trent, you said it long ago: Prince is 2 funky 4 words!

  • Lynne

    “HOLY MF SHIZZ!” <— My thoughts exactly! I've been dying to see Prince live since forever! I really hope I can get a chance this time around! <3

  • Daniel Morgan

    This may be of some interest. Olga Karlatos, the one-time actress who was a major star in ’70s/early ’80s Euro cinema and who played Prince’s mother in “Purple Rain”, this week qualified as a lawyer in the island of Bermuda. At the age of 65, she became the oldest newly-qualified barrister and attorney ever admitted to the Bermuda Bar. A case of when doves fly, I suppose … ;)

    She’s married to Arthur Rankin Jr., the Rankin of Rankin/Bass productions which produced the raft of animated seasonal specials including “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” which remain fixtures of holiday television programming.

  • Mark

    I don’t pay money to watch homophobes perform:

    “It’s been known for more than five years “that Prince is a Jehovah’s Witness who goes door-to-door trying to win converts to the austere faith, as mentioned in this week’s New Yorker. Less appreciated: the musician’s growing distance from the liberal artistic values that pervade show business, despite his move to Los Angeles seven years ago. As Claire Hoffman writes, Prince has a budding relationship with Christian conservative media mogul Philip Anschutz, of Denver, and seems to be opposed to gay marriage and adoption.”

    • @Mark — Yes, Prince is a Jehova’s Witness … but I think it’s a bit much to label him a homophobe. But, of course, that is your option.

  • i have seut on the best show, mixed with music from the then new album musicology mixed w/ some en prince one time about 2 yrs ago (i was supposaed to go to a 2nd on his farewell tour but my appendix ruptured so i couldn’t go. i luterally keep that ticket in my wallet. don’t ask why, self tourture i suppose lol) and he puts on one hell of a show!! i had the best time bec it was in a small venue. he played music from his then new album musicology, mixed w/ some of the greatest hits. i”m dying to go no matter what the cost. if u r wavering, stop, go i guaruntee u will have the BEST TIME love to prince and to u all. meighan p

  • pAISleY_pARk


    whO mAdE u The juDgE & jUrY?