The musical artist Prince is planning a Hit and Run Tour of the United States and he will be playing wherever he darn well pleases, because, after all, he is musical royalty. It might be difficult to learn exactly where Prince will be playing any given weekend, because there will be little advance publicity of the concert dates.
The first Prince concert date of the Hit and Run Tour, though, is known. It will be held on March 14, somewhere in Louisville, Kentucky. The exact location of the concert has not yet been revealed. Prince, who is a youthful-looking 56, and his band will be performing there because it is Hannah Welton’s hometown. Welton is the drummer of his all-female band, 3rdEyeGirl. A portion of the proceeds from the Prince concert will go local charities.
Last year, Prince tried out the concept of a Hit and Run Tour in Europe. The tour proved to be very successful there, and Prince played two concerts a night while he was in London and Paris. Fans in Europe got at least a little advance notice, as Prince revealed some of the details about the Hit and Run Tour on Twitter. However, the Purple Rain singer will not be using social media to publicize the shows in the U.S., because he decided to forego using social media in November, 2014.
Prince pulled off a “hit and run,” of sorts, in February at the Grammys. His appearance there had not been widely publicized. He was the presenter of the Grammy for Album of the Year. Prince out-cooled everyone else in the building, with his cane and Afro. He joined in with other musical artists there, like Pharrell Williams, in promoting the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Prince said to the audience “Like books and black lives, albums still matter.”
Prince seems to have a renewed enthusiasm for creating music and performing it live, as he released two albums simultaneously in 2014. Both were for the Warner Brothers label, which he had left previously. He had a falling out with the label, and the two albums, Plectrumelectrum and a solo album, Art Official Age, marked his first releases with them in two decades.
His leaving Warner Brothers was because he did not like his contract. Prince wrote the word “Slave” on his cheek and his protest marked when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. He apparently likes the terms of his current contract with Warner Brothers, and he has gotten back to the Prince he was when he was churning out hit after hit.
The Artist was doing pretty well even before he decided to return to the Warner Brothers fold. He reportedly earned $20 million in 2013 on his Welcome 2 Tour. His return to the Warner Brothers label was likely not because he was hurting for money. The record label reportedly offered him a pretty sweet contract, nevertheless.
The Hit and Run Tour that Prince will be embarking on later in March will take the singer across the United States, to some venues he has never played at before. Not giving much advance notice of the concerts will presumably add to the spontaneity and energy of them, though it might cause some fans to have a little bit of trouble working around their schedules. It will be worth it, though, for his loyal legions of fans, to get to see Prince back at the top of his game.
Written By Douglas Cobb