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Prince Announces East Coast Concert Series

The multi-night stand, called 'Welcome 2 America,' will happen in the New York area and feature guests like Maceo Parker and Cassandar Wilson performing with Prince

October 14, 2010 7:17 PM ET

Thursday evening Prince announced a series of concerts in which he"ll be joined by guests Maceo Parker, Cassandra Wilson, Janelle Monae, Sheila E., Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Sinbad and others. "I've got lots of hits," Prince, wearing sunglasses and a black suit with ruffles, said at a press conference at the Apollo Theater in New York. "Bring footspray because it's gonna be funky." (Watch video above.)

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Details are unclear, but Prince said the shows will begin on a "Purple Day in December in the year 2010." A LiveNation rep said that the plan is for a multi-night stand, called "Welcome 2 America," in the New York area. Prince hasn't played an extensive U.S. tour since 2004, though he launched a brief residency in Las Vegas in 2006 and headlined Coachella in 2008.

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