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Prince on stage @ the Apollo, October 14, 2010 (Stephen Hill)
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Today, 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 To 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."

"I didn't want to talk too much but how many have seen 'Waiting for Superman,' " he asked before bringing out Harlem Children's Zone head Geoffrey Canada who also spoke briefly about how grateful he is Prince chose Harlem as the venue to announce the series.

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. [Prince.org]

I don't know if "concert series" means he'll play one venue multiple times, or if this is just a regular tour with openers. Details are sparse, but I'm excited either way. Stay tuned for more as it's announced.

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Comments (67)

HELL YES! can it be assumed he'll be playing the Apollo?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 9:55 PM

This will be gold.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 10:01 PM

He should just play Dirty Mind and Controversy in their entirety

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 10:03 PM

what's not to get here, BV ?

Posted by anon | October 14, 2010 10:05 PM

bless his little heart

Posted by Sitronix IV | October 14, 2010 10:08 PM

fuck yes

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 10:08 PM

This will suck. No thanks little old dude.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 10:39 PM

^ hummus eater

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 10:48 PM

Suck like a fox.

Posted by Sicronix XXV | October 14, 2010 10:48 PM

oh fuck yes, boner time!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:00 PM

game.... blouses.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:08 PM

fuck yeah!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:23 PM

ugh just tour!

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:48 PM

is prince what ian svenonius strives to be or is it the other way around?

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2010 11:56 PM

Here are 3 facts that are beyond ALL debate.
1. Rolling Stones > Beatles
2. Portishead > Radiohead
3. Prince > Micheal Jackson

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 12:17 AM

no.
no.
yes.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 12:30 AM

no
yes
yes

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 12:48 AM

y'all realize these show are going to cost a fortune, yes?

and when ticket prices are announced, you'll all be bitching.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:31 AM

1:31 is correct

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:45 AM

Everybody here loving it now. Prince at Apollo.

Wait til they see the prices. Then let the hate roll in.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:28 AM

R.I.P. money.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:30 AM

Furthermore it'll probably be at MSG geniuses.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:30 AM

no.
no.
yes.

Posted by diff | October 15, 2010 3:28 AM

R.I.P. money.²

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 5:13 AM

Yeah, excited for one moment, til I remembered that touring is now the cash cow...prices will start around 300 I am guessing.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 5:40 AM

no
no
no

Rolling Stones are great so that one could be understood but PORTISHED..really? Re you are you a "Dummy"...

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 7:08 AM

Last time Prince did a real tour tickets on the low end were $45...that was also 2005?

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 7:09 AM

I would gladly pay $100 for nosebleed seats to see prince

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 7:24 AM

Wavves > Prince

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 8:20 AM

prince > everything

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 8:26 AM

2>1

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 9:02 AM

no

no

no

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 9:06 AM

no

hell no

no

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 9:08 AM

um, no
are you effin kidding
agree 100%

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 9:32 AM

no
no
=

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 10:04 AM

purple rain front to back

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 10:16 AM

dirty mind back to front

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 10:34 AM

Diamonds and Pearls Back to Front?

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 10:37 AM

MINT CONDITION!!! SICK!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 10:59 AM

no
^
&

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:06 AM

Portishead is definitely better than Radiohead. Prince is definitely better than Michael Jackson.

The Rolling Stones are seriously overrated and nowhere near as good as the Beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:16 AM

YES
Yes
No

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:23 AM

NO
NO
probably

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:25 AM

Really you Portished fans must be on something! You might like them better but to say they are better is just ridic...J Greenwood would shread all over Portishead and they wouldn't know what hit them!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:36 AM

Hummus > Dan Deacon > Everything

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:48 AM

portishead are really cool and their set at coachella was amazing..especially OPENING FOR PRINCE. but to say they're more talented that radiohead is very silly

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:49 AM

I love Radiohead, but that does not change the fact that they are one of the most overrated bands of the last 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:54 AM

Beatles>Radiohead>Gorillaz>Swans>Portishead

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 11:55 AM

11:54 you can be overrated and still be better than other bands..ie Radiohead is still better than Portished overratted or not.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 12:04 PM

Swans>Portishead>Radiohead>Beatles>Gorillaz

none are bad tho

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 12:41 PM

Prince has a tiny penis.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:01 PM

Prince has been playing shows forever. He hasn't gone anywhere to return from. This is no big surprise announcement for Prince fans.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:02 PM

^You mad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:13 PM

janelle monae is great, her debut album is really impressive imo

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:14 PM

Prince penis > tootsie roll > mark Ronson penis

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:15 PM

Justin Timberlake has taken Prince's legacy. He is so much more talented and writes better songs. Ever since JT went solo, Prince has sucked. It's time to pass the torch little penis dude. JT will take it from here...

Posted by da troof | October 15, 2010 1:16 PM

Anyone who thinks the beatles are better then the stones are clearly the type of people I like to give wedgies to.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:21 PM

Prince <>= radiohead evidence here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDBQCBK7gwg

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:32 PM

1:21 then you should give atomic wedgies to the Portished ones too..What is fair is fair!

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 1:39 PM

1:39: Your view of fair is quite warped I see.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:38 PM

At least nobody here has claimed #3 to be incorrect.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:44 PM

justin timberlake has taken prince's legacy? please, i beg you, can you give me your dealer's number cause i've been itching to get my hands on some grade A

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:45 PM

Prince is truly the most ultimate pimp of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2010 2:51 PM

prince paul > prince

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2010 12:13 AM

glad to read someone else thinks radiohead are overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2010 8:50 PM

Somebody Named Driftwood left a comment about Prince that Justin Timberlake should take be or should be handed the torch....or something like that...hold up homie
Here's what you said:Justin Timberlake has taken Prince's legacy. How can you take something that you can't pick up cause it's to heavy for you...He still ain't bought sexy back yet...How can you bring something back that ain't never left...Fool don't be no Fool...My first Name is JT Last name Apollo
look me up!

Posted by JT Apollo | December 11, 2010 6:15 PM

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