MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stevie Wonder and members of Prince’s inner circle will highlight a family-sanctioned Prince tribute concert in St. Paul on Oct. 13, organizers announced Thursday.
Prince’s family originally planned to hold the show at the new NFL stadium in his hometown of Minneapolis. However, organizers said that it will be at the smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. CDT Monday via Ticketmaster and the arena’s box office; some will cost $19.99 in tribute to one of Prince’s hits.
The lineup also includes Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh, Luke James, Bilal and Mint Condition. Prince’s inner circle will be represented by Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield. The New Power Generation led by Morris Hayes, along with members of 3RDEYEGIRL, also will perform.
“It’s an all-star mix of classic and new artists, Prince-inspired as well as Prince family-type artists,” said organizer L. Londell McMillan, a longtime attorney for the late superstar who is helping to manage his estate’s entertainment assets.
Prince’s family first announced the show in late July, after his death of an accidental painkiller overdose in April. But details were slow to come out. McMillan said it took a lot of work and time to put the details together because so many artists were involved. He also held out the possibility of additional tribute shows at some point.
The wait frustrated Prince fans across the country who had made travel reservations without any guarantees of tickets, including Angela Reardon, of Birmingham, Alabama, who booked her flights, hotel and rental car two days after the first mention.
But she was philosophical about the long silence on the lineup. Having been a fan for 38 years, she knows Prince himself had a habit of waiting until the last-minute before announcing his concerts.
“Just to be there with the Purple fans — that’s important,” said Reardon, who’s also booked a VIP tour of Paisley Park, the studio complex in suburban Minneapolis where Prince lived.
The change from U.S. Bank Stadium to the arena that’s home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild was a “business and creative decision,” McMillan told The Associated Press. He said he thought they could have sold enough seats at the stadium, but the decision wasn’t just about selling tickets. Another factor was that they wanted to stick with the date announced by the family because so many fans had already made travel plans.
“For this kind of show, you want it to be intimate. You want it to be right,” he said.
The Xcel Energy Center can seat up to 20,000 guests depending on how it’s configured, compared with 50,000-55,000 for concerts at the stadium. However, its acoustics are considered to be very good for a hockey arena. The sound was muddy for the football stadium’s inaugural concerts last month, by Luke Bryan and Metallica.
McMillan said he attended both those shows. While he had high praise for the stadium and its staff, he did note that “Prince was a stickler for sound.”
Prince held the record for most sell-outs at the Xcel at three in 2004 until Taylor Swift tied him last September, according to the arena’s website.
It’s telling how many fans booked travel without knowing any details, said Jeremiah Freed, aka Dr. Funkenberry, a longtime fan and friend of Prince who hosts a podcast and runs a website.
“I really hope for the fans’ sake that it’s everything they want it to be and more,” Freed said.
17 Artists You Probably Didn’t Know Were Influenced By Prince
1. Maroon 5 has covered Prince’s “Purple Rain”Source:Kevin Kane/Getty Images for iHeartMedia 1 of 17
2. The Weeknd has always said that Prince has been a huge influence on their vocal soundSource:Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images 2 of 17
3. Prince can be found in Pharrell’s unique musical styleSource:Leon Bennett/WireImage/Getty 3 of 17
4. Bruno Mars has called Prince one of his heroes and has paid tribute to The Purple One a number of timesSource:Ronald Martinez/Getty Images 4 of 17
5. Usher has said in many interviews that he is influenced by PrinceSource:Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 5 of 17
6. Janelle Monáe, known for her unique style, teamed up with Prince on the song “Given Em What They Love”Source:Samir Hussein/Getty Images 6 of 17
7. Andre 3000’s style and showmanship is undeniably influenced by PrinceSource:Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty 7 of 17
8. Justin Timberlake, influenced by many legends, wrote a touching tribute to The Purple One on InstagramSource:Mustapha Houbais/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images 8 of 17
9. Prince is an obvious influence on Miguel who is often called this generation’s PrinceSource:PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images 9 of 17
10. Frank Ocean wrote a Tumblr post speaking to why he is a true Prince fanboySource:C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty 10 of 17
11. Soul crooner D’Angelo has covered Prince’s “She’s Always in My Hair”Source:Frank Micelotta/Getty Images 11 of 17
12. Alicia Keys not only has been influenced by Prince but she also covered “How Come You Don’t Call Me”Source:Hayley Madden/Redferns/Getty 12 of 17
13. Performer extraordinaire Beyonce has obvious influences on her stage presence from The Purple OneSource:M. Caulfield/WireImage/Getty 13 of 17
14. St. Vincent has openly discussed how Prince influenced her debut album.Source:Mike Windle/WireImage 14 of 17
15. One-of-a-kind songstress Lady Gaga has said Prince influenced her greatly on her ‘Born This Way’ albumSource:Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage 15 of 17
16. Beck has covered Prince songs many times and has credited him as an influence. Plus, Beck can play over 12 instruments…sound familiar?Source:Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty 16 of 17
17. Lenny’s musicianship is undenied, just like influencer Prince. Lenny and Prince have even performed together in a battle of the guitars: https://youtu.be/RC34ZcDiCagSource:Franziska Krug/Getty Images 17 of 17