A Prince tribute tour, dubbed “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” will kick-off next month with the help of a 27-piece orchestra.
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known as Questlove from the band The Roots, curated the tour. He worked with Prince collaborator Brent Fischer on the tour’s arrangements and received contributions from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. After Prince’s estate approved the tour, the 36-date trek was announced.
“Questlove is one of the most innovative artists of today,” Fischer said of the duo’s collaboration. “Between his encyclopedic knowledge of and my history with Prince, we see eye-to-eye on so many creative levels and have a deep respect for preserving Prince’s amazing output.”
Starting in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the tour will kick-off on September 6. It will make stops across the country in cities like Raleigh, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, and Houston before wrapping-up in Kansas City, Missouri on October 21. The orchestra will perform Prince’s most iconic songs alongside a full band and guest vocalists.
During the tour, Warner Bros. Records is set to release a collection of unheard Prince demos on a 9-track LP titled Piano & Microphone 1983. These tracks are from a “private rehearsal” before the singer hit international stardom.
Check out the full list of Prince’s tribute tour dates below.
4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince 2018 Tour Dates
09/06 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre New Jersey
09/08 – Washington, D.C. @ Wolf Trap
09/09 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theatre
09/11 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
09/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amp.
09/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amp.
09/14 – Asheville, NC @ U.S. Cellular Center
09/15 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
09/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Center for the Arts
09/18 – Springfield, MA @ Symphony Hall
09/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
09/21 – Binghamton, NY @ Anderson Center
09/22 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Memorial Hall
09/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre
09/26 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
09/29 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/02 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center Arena
10/03 – Gainesville, FL @ Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
10/04 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center
10/05 – Tampa, FL @ USF Dome
10/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
10/07 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center
10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
10/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
10/12 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace
10/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
10/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
10/16 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel
10/17 – Dallas, TX @ Music Factory
10/18 – Houston, TX @ Sugarland
10/19 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
10/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
10/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland