The long rumored Welcome 2 America Prince tour was officially announced recently on New York radio station WBLS. Prince hinted that he would be performing a series of all-star shows this fall at a press conference on October 14th, but up until this point the details have been sketchy at best. According to WBLS, Prince will kickoff the Welcome to America tour with 3 shows at the Izod Center in East Rutherford New Jersey beginning on December 14 and will play 2 shows at Madison Square Garden on December 19th and 29th.
The 52-year-old Prince of pop music will be the master of ceremonies for these 5 shows that will feature funk, rhythm and blues, and jazz artists such as Maceo Parker, Shelia E., Mint Condition, Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding, and Cassandra Wilson. Prince is also rumored to be playing a custom built solid gold Fender Stratocaster at each show that will be auctioned off to benefit the Harlem Children’s Zoo.
For those of you who have been locked in a basement for the past 20 or so years, Prince (sometimes referred to as “The artist formerly known as Prince”) is one of the most talented and success pop musicians of his era. Prince has produced 10 platinum albums, 30 top-40 singles, and has sold over 100 million albums throughout his career. Prince is most famous for his 1984 album Purple Rain which sold 13 million copies and stayed at #1 on the Billboard charts for 24 straight weeks.
Prince’s 2010 Welcome 2 America Tour Dates