Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince is not one to perform for political causes, but in the wake of the Baltimore unrests, he has taken political interest on the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died due to spinal injuries he suffered while under police custody.
The highly-revered artist is going to be performing in a “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore. The concert is going to be held this coming Mother’s Day and he will be accompanied by his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL. Prince will also be joined by a list of “superstar guests” whose identities are yet to be revealed.
Prince’s representatives could not be reached for a comment but a recent press release related the purpose of Prince’s Baltimore concert. It pointed out that the artist’s Baltimore concert is a “symbolic message” that “is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the US.”
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The press release said that the concert aims to showcase “our shared humanity and love for one another.” It also encouraged the concert’s attendees to wear gray as a tribute to those who were “lost in the violence.”
Furthermore, one of the concert’s highlights is Prince’s performance of an unreleased song entitled “Baltimore.” Written shortly after the death of Gray, the song serves as a tribute not only to the late young man but to all the residents of Baltimore.
“Although the song hasn’t yet debuted, the lyrics were recently made public and as a message of reconciliation, Prince states ‘Peace is more than the absence of war,'” a statement from the press read.
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Being an artist of African American descent, Prince has never hesitated to express how proud he is of his roots. His sense of pride is apparent in statements such as the one he recently made during this year’s Grammy Awards. During the prestigious event, he emphasized, “Like books and black lives, albums still matter.”
Moreover, he also donated an unreleased track to the record “We Are the World” which was produced as a tribute to Africa. Although he refused to perform with the other artists who sang the symbolic song, he didn’t fail to make his special contribution.
Tickets to Prince’s concert are already on sale and a portion of the revenue raised will go to the benefit of local Baltimore-based youth charities.
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