Prince held a press conference at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in New York to announce “Welcome 2 America,” a forthcoming tour beginning in December 2010.
The pop legend will perform and play master of ceremonies at each show, which will feature artists such as Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson.
“Bring your friends, bring your children,” Prince told the audience, “and bring foot spray, because it’s going to be funky.”
Prince arrived on the Apollo stage at 6:25, following an introduction by BET Executive Vice President of Entertainment & Music Programming Stephen Hill. Wearing a black velour jacket, the singer remained vague about the impending live shows but told the crowd that they would not disappoint.
“Come early, come often. I have a lot of hits… no two shows will be the same,” he said.
It was also revealed that a gold-plated Fender guitar that sat on the Apollo stage during the announcement will be auctioned off after the live run, with the proceeds benefiting the economic recovery group Harlem Empowerment Zone.
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes and Rachel Been)