Prince Books Rally 4 Peace Concert in Baltimore
Now that the curfew has been lifted in Baltimore, Prince is throwing a party. The 1999 singer will perform at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena this Mother’s Day, May 10th as part of his Rally 4 Peace event, an effort to unify the people of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray and its subsequent protests and riots. Prince’s backing band 3rd Eye Girl will join him for the show, and the singer promises “several industry superstars” will also be in attendance for the event.
“In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” organizer noted in a statement. “As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence.”
The Rally 4 Peace concert comes just days after Prince revealed he had written a song called “Baltimore” inspired by the situation in the Maryland city, and although that track still hasn’t been released, Prince did share the song’s lyrics. Additionally, Prince performed an impromptu Dance Rally 4 Peace at his Paisley Park complex in Minnesota this past weekend, which ended with Prince leading the audience into a communal chant of “Baltimore… Peace 4 ever more.”
Tickets for the Rally 4 Peace event will go on sale Wednesday, May 6th at 5 p.m. EST at Live Nation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local Baltimore-based youth charities. Although unaffiliated with the spontaneous Hit and Run tour, the Baltimore event marks Prince’s latest booked-out-of-nowhere performance.