Prince fans living on the East Coast have had to wait since 2004 for a chance to see The Purple One deliver one of his legendary live performances. Prince's dearth of East Coast appearances clearly had an effect on generating excitement for his five-show "Welcome 2 America" tour; his two appearances at the 20,000-capacity Madison Square Garden arena in New York sold out in only 30 minutes.
The shows, slated for Dec. 18 and 29, will feature performances by Janelle Monae, Maceo Parker and Sheila E., among others. Prince has urged attendees to arrive early and "bring foot spray," because he promises "it's gonna be funky."
For those who weren't able to snag tickets to the shows at Madison Square Garden, Prince will also be playing three dates at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. on Dec. 14, 15 and 17. [Billboard]