If you were expecting just PRINCE related artists for the PRINCE tribute concert October 13th at the U.S. Bank Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota, think again.
A source close to the family is stating they are trying to book Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, and other big names for the tribute concert. This source told all to Rolling Stone.
The concert has already been rescheduled 3 times. The first was to happen on August 13th, the date Prince was in discussions to play before his untimely passing on April 21st. he would have been the first artist to play the arena. The second date was to be in late September but a few Prince related bands already had prior commitments. The new date, October 13th is what is in place now although tickets have not been put on sale yet and they plan on trickling the announcements of who will be performing at different times, so when tickets do go on sale, do not expect to know all the names of who will be performing at the tribute.
Back in 2001, Sheila E. put on a Family Jamm charity event that included performances by The Revolution, Madhouse, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Apollonia, (The original Time line-up was listed as well but backed out due to a money issue) The Family, and had introductions by Carmen Electra and others. I think this is what the hardcore fans want. Interestingly enough, artists who were performing, their names were trickled down and not announced all at once and despite the ending lineup being quite steller, the arena was less than half-full due to people not knowing who was going to perform til it was too late to travel and get a good plane ticket.