Prince's North American tour will be kicking off earlier than expected.
The elusive artist previously announced a handful of dates starting in mid-November for the Hit N' Run Tour 2000 (see "Prince Sets Mini-Tour"), with his band the New Power Generation. Via his official Web site (at www.npgonlineltd.com) on Monday, Prince announced that the tour now encompasses several more dates, including a kickoff concert Tuesday (November 7) at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prince also has lined up three other new dates for this week: Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, Friday in Fairfax, Virginia, and Saturday in Philadelphia.
Prince's itinerary also includes previously announced shows in Cleveland; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Charlotte, North Carolina, with the final listed date a Las Vegas performance on December 9. Although more shows will be added, there
is still no definitive word from Paisley Park as to how extensive the road trip will be.
Those who won't see the pop-funk royalty in the flesh will likely be able to get a taste of the tour on TV. Prince is in discussions with the Bravo network about filming several of the dates for a documentary, his Web site said.
Prince is also said to be deep in negotiations with Clive Davis' new J Records, according to a source close to the talks. Davis, who was forced from his position as Arista Records president and CEO in May, had previously negotiated a one-album deal with Prince at Arista, spawning last year's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.
Prince and the New Power Generation tour dates:
- 11/7 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
- 11/8 Richmond, VA @ Landmark Theatre
- 11/10 Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center
- 11/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
- 11/12 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
- 11/19 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
- Charlotte, NC @ Independence Arena
- 12/9 - Las Vegas, NV @ Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts