With the news of Prince having a new guest drummer in Hannah Ford, we knew it wouldn't be long until news of an upcoming tour would be happening. Within hours, "Welcome 2 Chicago" appears to be happening.
Prince reportedly will be taking residency at the United Center in Chicago starting September 24th and and with tickets going on sale September 6th.
The residency will also be used to support Rebuild the Dream, the organization founded by Van Jones that seeks to “build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.”
“We couldn’t be more excited about partnering with a legend like Prince,” said Van Jones, Co-founder and President of Rebuild the Dream. “Our economic system is broken. Rebuild the Dream exists to unite arts and organize into a potent force to support the Dreams of Our Communities. There are few artists who have Prince’s unwavering commitment to a vision of a sustainable, fair economic future.”
Rebuild the Dream is a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the economy not just here in the U.S. but Globally as well. Using 21st-century digital technology, we advance highly inventive solutions that are designed to protect and expand our communities, while creating pathways to prosperity for those who are locked out of it. Our goal is to put People back to work–and pull our communities back together.
There is already an on sale page set up for the September 24th show on ticketmaster.com
Chicago and the Midwest, are you ready?-DocFB
So, Prince held a press conference in New York City earlier this evening. A Rolling Stone journalist had it spot on when he said Prince would be holding a mysterious press conference....because people don't really know what he announced.
A full on U.S. tour (Major rumor for a couple of months now) or a residency at the Apollo Theatre in New York.
It is called "Welcome To America" and usually, when tourists first travel to America, the first place they either visit or travel is New York. So....it would make more sense that a residency in New York is happening. Also, the skyscrapers in some of the posters are of a New York Skyline. Plus, would you really call a tour "Welcome To America?"
"Maceo Parker. Esperanza Spaulding. Sheila E, Larry Graham, Mint Condition, Sinbad, Cassandra Wilson. Dr. Funkenberry doing the chicken dance. I am master of ceremonies. Welcome to America."
Below is audio and video of the press conference.
Also, Prince, I Love you man. I may not look you in the eye when we are in the same room and have my date talk to you instead of me, but it is all about respect. So, whoever picked out that shirt for you (please don't let it be someone I know) dock them the pay it cost them to make the shirt, sing 4 hail mary's n toss that top in yesterday's basura. I bet Rihanna is wearing it in 2 weeks though.-Dr.FB
P.S. thanks to a friend for sending the audio and the exclusive photos we had earlier.
And this is why Jimmy Fallon is kicking booty. Lenny Kravitz is set to perform on Jimmy's show Thursday night.
In addition, every Monday on LennyKravitz.com, fans can download wallpapers for their computers. This on the heels of his residency at Irving Plaza, which is now the Fillmore East.
You know I tried to find out what song Lenny was doing for the show but couldn't. Just make sure to watch Thursday night with Jimmy, the Roots, and LK burning up late night.-Dr.FB