Questlove curated the set list and orchestral arrangements.
Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment are teaming up to pay tribute to late music icon Prince in a mostly unexpected way. The “Purple Rain” star, no stranger to dramatic gestures, will be celebrated with the 35-city 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Prince, a Prince Estate-approved outing that will present the Purple One's music with a full symphony orchestra for the first time, playing alongside a live band featuring vocalists.
The show will draw from Prince's extensive catalog, with a release announcing the tour promising that it will highlight “many his hits that captivated generations fans, alongside lesser-known gems.” The set list and orchestral arrangements have been curated by avid Prince fanatic Questlove The Roots. The tour is slated to ficially kick f on Sept. 8 at Wolf Trap in Washington, D.C. with accompaniment from the Wolf Trap Orchestra.
“It’s such a blessing to be able to pay homage to and celebrate the music a creative genius like Prince,” said Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee. “One the goals Live Nation Urban is to create unique live platforms and to redefine what the norms the live experience are. We are beyond excited to be working alongside the Estate in creating what we hope to be a long standing artistic celebration an artist who inspired so many.” At press time no additional information was available about the musicians who will perform on the tour.
The outing is currently slated to run through an October 21 date at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, MO, with additional 2018-2019 U.S. and international dates to be announced at a later date.
4U: A Symphonic Celebration Prince
Sept. 6 — New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
Sept. 8 — Washington, DC @ Wolftrap
Sept. 9 — Richmond, VA @ Altria Theatre
Sept. 11 — Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
Sept. 12 — Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 13 — Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
Sept. 14 — Asheville, NC @ Cellular Center
Sept. 15 — Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
Sept. 19 — Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Center for the Arts
Sept. 20 — Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Sept. 21 — Binghamton, NY @ Anderson Center
Sept. 22 — Lynn, MA @ Lynn Memorial Hall
Sept. 24 — Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
Sept. 25 — Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre
Sept. 26 — Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
Sept. 27 — Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
Sept. 28 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
Sept. 29 — Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
Sept. 30 — Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Oct. 2 — Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
Oct. 3 — Gainesville, FL @ O’Connell Center
Oct. 4 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center
Oct. 5 — Tampa, FL @ Sun Dome
Oct. 6 — Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
Oct. 7 — Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center
Oct. 10 — Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
Oct. 11 — Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
Oct. 12 — Louisville, KY @ The Palace
Oct. 13 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
Oct. 14 — St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
Oct. 16 — Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel
Oct. 17 — Dallas, TX @ Music Factory
Oct. 18 — Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
Oct. 19 — San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
Oct. 21 — Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
The list Prince-related events and memorabilia due out this year continues to grow, including an album previously unreleased material due in September, an ficial memoir due around the holidays and reports an Estate-sanctioned book unreleased lyrics and poetry also on its way.