Friday, March 11, 2011

Music royalty coming soon to Charlotte

Prince hasn't had a new Top 40 hit in 15 years, yet it still feels like an enormous deal that the iconic pop musician who cranked out hits like "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss" during the 1980s and '90s has announced he will play six shows in the Carolinas over a 10-night period.


And how's this for instant gratification? The Charlotte concert -- at Time Warner Cable Arena -- is less than two weeks away.

The 52-year-old "Purple Rain" star's "Welcome 2 America" tour will follow this schedule:
  • Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., on March 21.
  • RBC Center in Raleigh on March 23.
  • Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on March 24.
  • Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro on March 26
  • Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., on March 28
  • North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C., on March 30.
Tickets go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, except for the Columbia date (those seats will be sold at twctix.com).

Today's announcement comes on the heels of three Oakland, Calif., shows and six shows in the New York area. The Carolinas shows will mark a homecoming for two members of "The New Power Generation" -- drummer John Blackwell and vocalist/tambourine player Shelby Johnson are both from South Carolina.

30 comments:

lkmnews said...

Wooooo!!! Saw Prince quite a few years ago and he was brilliant.

Karen said...

I'M THERE!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Prince knows how to put on a show. I'm there. Again!!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought Shelby Johnson was from North Carolina?

Anonymous said...

I'm a 28 year old ultimate FAN! I am so excited...I was hoping that he would be at the Essence Music Festival this year but this is 100 times better! Wooooooo whooooooo! I have goose bumps, I am so excited!

Anonymous said...

I've seen him concert and he was OUT-FREAKING-STANDING!!!! I'll be out of town so I'll miss him but GO IF YOU CAN!!! Highly Recommend his concerts!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why do I not see it already on ticketmaster? Does it not show until it's on sale?

Anonymous said...

I am out of my mind EXCITED!!!

Anonymous said...

This is the best news ever! Love Prince and can not wait to see him!

susan said...

Any idea what the price of tickets will be?

Anonymous said...

AGH! I cannot wait! He is playing Charlotte on my birthday but I will be out of town! I will have to go see him in Columbia before we leave town. I've never seen him live.....heard he is great live.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking all over and even calling Ticketmaster and I still cant get an idea on what ticket costs will be. Anyone have any idea? Wouldnt at least a price list be up?

Anonymous said...

I bet the bobcats ticket office is hating it today on a gameday. I've called looking for prices, and it's been busy all day.

hd said...

Consensus favorite of all the Superbowl 1/2time shows - even in the rain ...remember? Live is even better.

Rockin' soul shoutin' sensory sensual Master!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the warm-up band for Leo Kottke?

Anonymous said...

60-100+ GOOGLED IT

Anonymous said...

Shelby is from NC.

Anonymous said...

Is he going to be playing Charlie Murphy in a game of one on one before the concert? I've heard he's got mad game...

Anonymous said...

...and he can serve up some delicious pancakes.

Anonymous said...

Thursday, March 24th

Anonymous said...

Shelby Johnson is definitely from North Carolina and very proud to be from this state. The press release was a misprint. Blackwell is from South Carolina. Shelby is from North Carolina.

Anonymous said...

20 - 140 Dollars GOOGLED IT Better

Anonymous said...

Bunch of fruit cakes.

Anonymous said...

From Purple Haze to Purple Rain.

It's the gay Jimi Hendrix.

Have you ever been experienced,
well she did...

erin said...

Got tix! Woot!!!

Anonymous said...

got mine too! wooohooo!

ABoyUnderOath777 said...

got tickets also. never seen him before. it'll sell out and if you feel like making a buck you can sell your tickets. i'll probably keep mine though. they say he's the man live.

Anonymous said...

" They say he's the man live." You mean "They say he's the woman live."

Anonymous said...

to the guy making all of the slanderous homophobic remarks, prince has scored more ladies than you would ever get in twenty lifetimes. he's a phenomenal musician taboot.

Stanley said...

for all of your slandering the mans sexual preference you couldn't touch the people he have refused in a million years. Also he is the performer that other performers pay to see. This guy is a world class musician,singer, and dancer. He is without a doubt without a peer in the music industry.