After months of inexplicit developments on the originally planned all-star tribute concert for the late music legend Prince at Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium, new information about the event with a star-studded roster and venue has been revealed. Entitled “The Official Prince Tribute: A Celebration of Life and Music,” will now take place October 13th at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
A remarkable lineup of close associates, peers and influences will pay tribute to the beloved superstar with performances from Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Morris Day and the Time. Other major performers at the event include Doug E. Fresh, Bilal, Mint Condition, Judith Hill, and Liv Warfield. Keyboardist Morris Hayes and the New Power Generation outfit will accompany the ensemble with members from 3rdEyeGirl for all performances.
“Many fans and friends all over the world wanted to have a chance to honor, memorialize and celebrate this man,” said L. Londell McMillan, Prince’s advisor and friend in a statement. “We’re thrilled we were able to make this happen.”
Prince’s half-sister Sharon Nelson expressed enthusiasm about the event in a press release statement. “The family is extremely excited to provide an opportunity for the world to participate in the tribute for our brother Prince.” She added, “This concert will be an event not to be missed.”
Tickets go on sale Monday, September 19th at 10 a.m. CDT via Ticketmaster and the Xcel box office. A publicist has confirmed that tickets will start at $19.99 in honor of Prince's hit single, with additional price details to be announced soon. Organizers of the event have created a Twitter handle @PRNTRIBUTEOCT13 for official updates.
It was rumored that Prince’s iconic band The Revolution would be part of the star-studded tribute, but there’s no sign of the band performing at the event. Earlier this month, the band reunited for a series of three tribute shows at the renowned First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis.
Sheila E. also recently denied early reports she’d be performing or appearing at the event via a Facebook post. There was skepticism that the official tribute would actually take place, as no developments on the event unfolded. Recently, Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Star Tribune reported that there was no contract drawn for a tribute to take place at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which features 52, 000 seats—Xcel has 18,000. Nevertheless, the tribute concert is indeed happening next month and is expected to raise more than $1 million for Prince’s estate.
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