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“Prince has Confirmed he is Going on a North American Tour”

Prince has confirmed dates for a seven-week North American tour, which will kick  off June 21 in Columbus, Ohio. The trek will follow Prince:  A Celebration, a week-long affair at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis  that will include with a pair of performances June 15-16 at the Xcel Energy  Center in nearby St. Paul.

The tour comes in  advance of “The Rainbow Children,” the artist’s latest album with his group, the  NPG. Although a release date for the album is unknown, the set will be played in  its entirety for attendees of the Celebration. Prince’s last outing was the  hastily scheduled Hit N’ Run tour, which played 20 cities late last year, and 12  earlier this spring, ending May 5 in Sacramento, Calif.

Although there is no New York show on the itinerary, area fans can  join visiting tourists crowding into Rockefeller Center on June 22 to catch  Prince performing on NBC’s “Today” show’s Summer Concert Series. As with other  artists featured in the regular Friday morning series, several songs will be  broadcast live on the show, which airs 7-10 a.m. ET.
Here are Prince’s tour dates:
June 15-16: St. Paul, Minn.  (Xcel Energy Center)
June 21: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide  Arena)
June 22: New York (“Today” Summer Concert Series)
June 23: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
June 27: Omaha,  Neb. (Omaha Civic Auditorium)
June 28: Milwaukee (Marcus  Amphitheater)
June 30: Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
July  1: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
July 3: Saskatoon,  Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Place)
July 4: Winnipeg, Manitoba  (Winnipeg Arena)
July 6: Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival)
July 7: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 10:  Portland, Maine (Civic Center)
July 11: New Haven, Conn. (New  Haven Coliseum)
July 13: Chicago (United Center)
July 14: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
July 15:  Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
July 17: Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Civic  Center)
July 18: Greenville, S.C. (Greenville Civic Center)
July 20: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
July 21:  Columbus, Ga. (Columbus Civic Center)
July 22: Greensboro, N.C.  (Greensboro Coliseum)
July 26: Edmonton, Alberta (Skyreach  Centre)
July 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
July  29: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
July 30: Spokane, Wash.  (Spokane Arena)
Aug. 4: Fairbanks, Alaska (Carlson Center)
Aug. 5: Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Sports Arena)
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