Maceo Parker To Play In Prince’s Band On Upcoming Tour

Prince will next month simultaneously release a new album, “Musicology,” and embark on his first major tour in six years. So far, 26 dates are scheduled, starting March 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and wrapping June 12 at CenturyTel Center in Bossier, La.

Announcing the tour today (Feb. 24) in Los Angeles, Prince played the jazz-infused title track from the new album. Explaining his fresh material — label distribution is still being negotiated — Prince said, “‘Musicology’ is very important to us. [The word] means that when we create music, we let it dictate our next moves in life.”

Old favorites will also be part of the tour, which will be presented in the round. But Prince warned that these gigs will be the last time fans will be able hear his classics for awhile, since he is “wanting to make room for new music.” Prince also said he was hoping to provide free “Musicology” CDs to those who buy concert tickets. “Usually the people who purchase concert tickets, they’ve been supportive of my music for a long time — for over 20 years now,” he said.

New Power Generation band members joining Prince on the road and on the new album include John Blackwell (drums), Greg Boyer (trombone), Candy Dulfer (saxophone), Chance Howard (trumpet), Renato Neto (piano and synthesizers), Maceo Parker (saxophone), RAD (vocals and keyboards), and Rhonda Smith (bass).

Prince will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 16 in New York. Leading up to the event, the artist is confirmed to appear and perform Wednesday (March 3) on the syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Here are Prince’s tour dates:

March 31: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)

April 2: Dallas (American Airlines Center)

April 6: Oklahoma City (Ford Center)

April 7: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)

April 8: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)

April 10: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)

April 12: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)

April 13: Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena)

April 14: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)

April 16: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Arena / Schottenstein Center)

April 17: Cleveland (Gund Arena)

April 18: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)

April 21: Columbia, S.C. (Colonial Center)

April 22: Knoxville, Ky. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

April 23: Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Center)

April 25: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Office Depot Center)

April 26: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)

April 27: Jacksonville, Fla. (Veterans Memorial Arena)

April 29: Birmingham, Ala. (BJCC Coliseum)

April 30: Atlanta (Philips Arena)

May 1: Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)

May 4: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)

May 5: St. Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)

May 6: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)

June 12: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)


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