PRINCE headed to Harlem to the iconic Apollo Theater to announce he would be serving as Master of Ceremonies for a new concert series called ‘Welcome 2 America,’ which will be kicking
off this December.
Though he was mum on details like dates and tour stops, the 52 year-old singer/songwriter told the crowd that ‘Welcome to America’ will showcase some of his favorite artists including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E.
The Minnesota native also confirmed that he and the New Power Generation would also perform nightly alongside featured acts. “If you’ve been to one of my shows, then you know what time it is,” the usually media shy artist joked. “You need to come early and come often because every time we play it’s always something new. I got a lot of hits. Bring friends, bring children, and bring foot spray because it’s gonna be funky” … Prince will play a special guitar for the duration of the concert series and then auction off the guitar for the benefit of Harlem Children’s Zone … At the press conference, Prince also debuted the full version of his new song ‘Rich Friends.’