Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” concert in Baltimore brought out thousands of fans, residents and community activists in the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray. Taking the stage at the Royal Farms Arena, the music legend performed a two-hour set for the crowd of 14,000, filling his set with hits and calls for change.
“The system is broken,” he said, according to USA Today. “It’s gonna take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas. We need new life. And most of all, we need new peace. And the kind of peace I’m talking about is p-i-e-c-e.”
— Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) May 11, 2015
Taking advantage of the lifting of the city’s curfew by Mayor Rawlings-Blake, Prince performed several encores. He also invited State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby on stage, according to The Baltimore Sun. Another tender moment of the evening came when TIDAL owners Beyonce, Jay Z, Alicia Keys – who teamed up with Prince to stream the concert – met with the families of Mike Brown and Freddie Gray:
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