With the dates announced for Prince’s Welcome 2 America Tour , one of the touring acts, Janelle Monáe, spoke to MTV News about hitting the road with the legendary musician. To sum it up, she’s pretty stoked to tour with someone as iconic as Prince .
“Well, I’m excited. We’re great friends,” Monáe told MTV News on Monday at the Glamour Women of the Year event in New York City. “I’m honored that he had chosen me to be a part of the tour.”
Monáe may be somewhat of a rookie compared to Prince, but long before stardom came her way, touring with him was on her to-do list.
“It’s definitely one of the things that I wanted to do in my career, is tour with him,” she shared. “And it just means a lot that he’s a mentor to me and he loves the stuff that we’re doing and he’s going to help out every way he can to make the show phenomenal.”
So, will fans see some collaborations between Monáe and Prince? “We may [collaborate], we may,” she teased, adding that she doesn’t have a favorite Prince song. “And when that happens, I’ll be sure to let you guys know.”
Monáe is just one of the many guest performers who’ll be on the road with Prince: Other guests include Maceo Parker, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Sinbad, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E. and Graham Central Station.
Prince had some advice for those attending one of the sure-to-be-amazing shows, which kick off in December.
“Come early and come often,” he said last month. “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.”
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