Prince Confirms North American Tour

Prince has confirmed dates for a seven-week North American tour, which will kick off June 21 in Columbus, Ohio. The trek will follow Prince: A Celebration, a week-long affair at his Paisley Park Studi

Prince has confirmed dates for a seven-week North American tour, which will kick off June 21 in Columbus, Ohio. The trek will follow Prince: A Celebration, a week-long affair at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis that will include with a pair of performances June 15-16 at the Xcel Energy Center in nearby St. Paul.

The tour comes in advance of "The Rainbow Children," the artist's latest album with his group, the NPG. Although a release date for the album is unknown, the set will be played in its entirety for attendees of the Celebration. Prince's last outing was the hastily scheduled Hit N' Run tour, which played 20 cities late last year, and 12 earlier this spring, ending May 5 in Sacramento, Calif.

Although there is no New York show on the itinerary, area fans can join visiting tourists crowding into Rockefeller Center on June 22 to catch Prince performing on NBC's "Today" show's Summer Concert Series. As with other artists featured in the regular Friday morning series, several songs will be broadcast live on the show, which airs 7-10 a.m. ET.

Here are Prince's tour dates:
June 15-16: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
June 21: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
June 22: New York ("Today" Summer Concert Series)
June 23: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
June 27: Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Civic Auditorium)
June 28: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheater)
June 30: Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
July 1: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
July 3: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Place)
July 4: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Winnipeg Arena)
July 6: Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival)
July 7: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 10: Portland, Maine (Civic Center)
July 11: New Haven, Conn. (New Haven Coliseum)
July 13: Chicago (United Center)
July 14: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
July 15: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
July 17: Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Civic Center)
July 18: Greenville, S.C. (Greenville Civic Center)
July 20: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
July 21: Columbus, Ga. (Columbus Civic Center)
July 22: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
July 26: Edmonton, Alberta (Skyreach Centre)
July 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
July 29: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
July 30: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
Aug. 4: Fairbanks, Alaska (Carlson Center)
Aug. 5: Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Sports Arena)