Prince is all about the teasing, slow reveal. Less than two weeks after the enigmatic singer took the stage at Harlem’s Apollo Theater to announce that he would be launching the Welcome 2 America Tour, he finally made public the initial string of dates on the all-star outing.
For his first run on the East Coast since 2004, Prince will hit the stage for three consecutive nights at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on December 14, 15 and 17, and follow that up with two dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 18 and 29, with enough time between those shows to indicate that more could be added depending on demand. Tickets for the shows go on sale on Saturday, October 30.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has promised to give his fans a different look for every night of the tour, announcing a roster of guest performers that includes Maceo Parker, Janelle Monáe, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Sinbad, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E. and Graham Central Station.
“Come early and come often,” he said at his October 14 press conference announcing the tour. “No concert is ever the same.” He also playfully warned potential concertgoers to make sure they “bring foot spray, ’cause it’s gonna be funky.”
To add to the festive nature of the events, it was announced in a press release that Prince will play a custom-built solid-gold Fender Stratocaster, which will be auctioned off at the end of the run to benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone.
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