Prince announces a short-notice concert, featuring his band 3rdEyeGirl, scheduled for May 19 at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale at noon Monday through Live Nation. The musician’s HitnRun tour is built around the concept of near-impromptu performances in different cities.
Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl share a free soundboard-quality recording of his May 2 “Dance Rally 4 Peace” concert via Soundcloud. The concert features some of the artist’s lesser-known hard-rock tracks, such as Dreamer, Guitar and Chaos & Disorder, alongside frequent guitar solos and improvisation. At the end of the recording, Prince speaks directly to the crowd:
Do me a favor and take care of each other, all right? It don’t matter the color; we’re all family.
Prince performs a live show at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, featuring classic hits and his protest song, Baltimore. 3rdEyeGirl backs Prince in front of an audience wearing mostly gray, in honor of Gray. Prince:
You look around, and the system is broken. It’s gonna take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life. Most of all, we need new peace. And the kind of peace I’m talking about is spelled p-i-e-c-e. Next time I come to Baltimore, I want to stay in a hotel owned by one of you.
On-stage guests included Doug E. Fresh, Estellem Miguel, and State Attorney Mosby, who was seated on a leather couch on the left side of the stage, and about 20 minutes into the concert she was led to the center by Prince.
Prince announces a “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena on Sunday, May 10. 3rdEyeGirl and other acts will also perform. A portion of ticket sales will benefit of Baltimore youth charities.
In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S. As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.