NEW YORK —
The singer held a press conference at Harlem's Apollo Theater on Thursday (October 14) to announce a new tour — dubbed Welcome 2 America — and he was brief in his address to the media, just under two minutes, and sparse on details.
"Welcome," Prince said to the crowd, sporting aviator-style sunglasses and a dark, textured sport coat adorned with a gold crest on the front. "We're here in New York to announce a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December 2010."
The legendary singer described the impending festivities as multiple nights of entertainment. Prince didn't announce a kickoff date or reveal information about what venue he would perform in, leaving many in the audience to speculate whether he would take up residency at the famed New York theater.
The "Purple Rain" singer did name a few of the participants who would perform, including Maceo Parker, Mind Condition, Cassandra Wilson and his "favorite new artist" Janelle Monáe.
"Come early and come often," he said, as he closed his remarks. "No concert is ever the same."
He also advised potential concertgoers to "bring foot spray, 'cause it's gonna be funky."
After Prince addressed the crowd, his newest song, "Rich Friends," premiered via the Apollo sound system.
Following the singer's remarks, Geoffrey Canada spoke to the crowd; the educator is prominently featured in the documentary "Waiting for Superman," which spotlights the education system, including Canada's Harlem Children Zone facility. Prince plans to auction off a gold-plated guitar, which was displayed adjacent to the singer, after Welcome 2 America and will donate the proceeds to the nonprofit.
As of press time, no additional information regarding Prince's plans have been revealed.
Will you check out Prince's upcoming concerts? Let us know in the comments!