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.