UPDATED: May 6, 2015 5:14 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Prince has announced a special “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore at the Royal Farms Arena on Sunday.
“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.,” the press release reads. “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.”
Prince will be joined in Baltimore by the funk-rock group 3rdEyeGirl. Several industry superstars have called in support for the event and are expected to attend, although they were not named.
Details surfaced last week about a protest song titled “Baltimore” Prince recently recorded in response to the civil unrest. The song was written following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray and is a tribute to all of the people of Baltimore.
Although the song hasn’t debuted yet, the lyrics were recently made public and as a message of reconciliation, Prince states “Peace is more than the absence of war.”
That sentiment was reflected this past weekend when Prince and 3rdEyeGirl hosted a spontaneous “Dance Rally 4 Peace” event at the Paisley Park recording complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The live set ended with Prince inviting the audience into a communal chant of “Baltimore… Peace 4 ever more.”
Tickets went on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be directed to the benefit of local Baltimore based youth charities.
Release plans for Prince’s new song “Baltimore” have not yet been announced.
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