When Prince announced his Welcome 2 Chicago tour, everyone knew that it would only be a matter of time before they expanded into multiple events and it has. Prince increased the count from 1 to 3 shows that will take place at United Center in Chicago, IL from September 24th through September 26, 2012 with ticket prices ranging from $50 to $150 on Ticketmaster.
His promotional support has also increased starting with an appearance on The View along with the Build a Dream founder Van Jones and actress Rosario Dawson on September 17th to discuss the concerts and his charitable involvement with the Build A Dream Foundation which the 3 concerts are set to benefit. Local Chicago radio listeners may also be treated with appearances on some of the stations while he’s in town although nothing has been concretely nailed down yet. Set your DVR’s.
Also during his Chicago concerts, people will be able to enjoy his various afterparties that he has scheduled. One of which will be a jam session with up and coming act Andy Allo on September 24 at the Chicago House of Blues as she releases her new album SuperConductor set to drop strategically on September 20th and that was recorded on the NPG Records label and features performances by the man himself.
Prince served as executive producer and also penned three of the songs on the new Andy Allo album (the title track Superconductor, The Calm, and Gone) and additionally was busy performing on Larry Graham‘s new CD Raise Up which we reviewed here. According to various sources, Andy Allo will be Prince‘s opening act on the tour and will also serve as the guitarist for Prince‘s performance. A slot that she has enjoyed as a member of NPG since 2011. Funkatopia has reached out to Andy Allo‘s team to see if we can get a review for you folks to get excited about. Stay tuned on this as well.
So apparently, Prince has tons of new work for people to hear although most of it appears on other people’s albums. So while many would love to have a new Prince album, they’ll just have to settle for live shows, afterparties, and guest spots until he can find the time to churn one out for you. We’re sure there’s on in the hopper and we’ll be ready to review it when it lands.