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Prince - Welcome 2 America Tour

Prince tours Carolinas with six new 'Welcome 2 America' concerts

By Allison Reitz

The forecast for North and South Carolina is in — and it involves a whole lot of "Purple Rain." Prince will storm the region in little more than a week with the latest dates in his Welcome 2 America concert series.

Prince presently has three events booked in each state, beginning with a March 21 show at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. The southern routing concludes a little over a week later on March 30 at the Coliseum in North Charleston, SC.

In between, His Royal Purpleness has stops set for March 23 at RBC Center in Raleigh, NC; March 24 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC; March 26 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC; and March 28 at Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, SC.

Web sites for most of the host venues list public onsale dates of March 14-15 for Prince's Carolina romp. Ticket prices, meanwhile, range from $20 to $199, based on Colonial Life Arena and RBC Center event listings.

The Welcome 2 America Tour was wildly successful with its earlier New York City and Bay Area concerts.

His initial six-date series in New York and New Jersey featured a long and eclectic list of guest performers, such as Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding and Maceo Parker. His more recent three-date series at Oracle Arena treated West Coasters to special guest Sheila E. and opening act Larry Graham.

Prince - Welcome 2 America itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 21 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
March 23 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
March 24 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
March 26 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
March 28 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
March 30 North Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum

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