Prince has announced a concert series that will begin "on a purple day in December 2010," The Artist said during a brief press conference at the Apollo Theater Thursday night.
The singer will serve as master of ceremonies for a slew of performers, including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., and Grand Central Station.
The singer took the stage for less than four minutes in a pair of aviators and gold-sequined jacket Thursday, and while he didn't provide information on where the shows will be held or what purple day in December we could expect to see them - he did give concert-goers one
"You need to come early, you need to come often, because every time we play, it's something new. No concert is ever the same. I gotta lot of hits. Bring your friends, bring your children, and bring footspray, because it's gonna be funky."
Check out a full transcript of Prince's speech below, which was bookended by BET Executive Vice President of Entertainment & Music Programing Stephen Hill and Waiting for Superman educator Geoffrey Canada.
"Welcome. Welcome to America.
We're here today... to announce a series of events that will begin on a purple day in December 2010. Welcome to America is best described as what we've all been waiting for. I will serve as master of ceremonies for multiple nights of entertainment that will feature some of the best artists this country has to artist... a list which includes but is not limited to the legendary Maceo Parker, my favorite new artists Janelle Monae, from Minneapolis, Mint Condition, the new face of jazz and classical music Esperanza Spalding, and one who's been around for awhile but sitll continues to haunt me to this day: Cassandra Wilson.
Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., Grand Central Station are just some of the names who have agreed to showcase their talents.
Without giving too much away, anyone that's ever been to one of our concerts... knows... they know what time it is. So you need to come early, you need to come often, because everytime we play, it's something new. No concert is ever the same. I gotta lot of hits, bring your friends, bring your children, and bring footspray, because it's gonna be funky."