Prince Extends Welcome 2 Tour With Chicago Residency


/ August 31, 2012

Prince is returning to Chicago for the first time in eight years.

The Purple One will be playing at the Windy City’s United Center beginning Sept. 24. Tickets go on sale Sept. 6 for the performance, and it is likely more shows will be added at the venue.

The show is an extension of the reclusive guitarist’s Welcome 2 tour, which has already traveled to Europe, Australia, and both the east and west coasts of America since launching in December 2010. There is no word on whether additional Midwest shows will be scheduled.

Prince is partnering up with the Rebuild the Dream project for the gig. The organization aims to put people back to work through “highly inventive solutions that are designed to protect and expand our communities.” Rebuild the Dream promises on-site access to “socially-conscious businesses, tech start-ups, entrepreneurs, and other innovators” that will provide advice to individuals looking to improve their economic situation.

“Our economic system is broken,” said Van Jones, Co-founder and President of Rebuild the Dream. “Rebuild the Dream exists to unite arts and organize into a potent force to support the Dreams of Our Communities. There are few artists who have Prince’s unwavering commitment to a vision of a sustainable, fair economic future.”