At a wet afternoon in New York’s Apollo Theatre Prince announced on 14 October that on a “Purple day in December” (the 15th to be exact) a series of concerts will begin called Welcome 2 America. “I got a lot of hits. Bring friends, bring children, and bring foot spray because it’s gonna be funky.”

Prince, the Master of Ceremonies for the show will feature guests Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E., as well as, of course, a full force New Power Generation.

In not the intimate setting fans were hoping for, a-la Club 3121 in Las Vegas, the new shows will be performed at Madison Square Garden and New Jersey’s Izod Center, for the dates, visit the the Welcome 2 America tour page for updates and venue information.

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