Consider it a mystical meeting of the musical minds. Questlove is partnering with Prince's estate to curate a special nationwide tour in honor of the pop icon and his storied musical career.
The 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince will feature performances by the Wolf Trap Orchestra, with the show curated and arranged by The Roots' Questlove. Though an exact set list has yet to be revealed, the tour is promising that "Prince’s extensive musical catalog will be represented. We’ll hear his greatest hits as well as some of his lesser-known gems in this musical celebration."
Audiences can expect, in addition to the live band, several vocal performances. According to Rolling Stone, Prince's estate is providing rarely seen photos and video to be used during the show. Sadly, Questlove is only lending his genius behind the scenes; there are no plans for him to perform during the tour.
4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince begins on September 6 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and ends on October 21 in Kansas City, Missouri. During its journey, the tour will make four stops in Texas:
- October 16 – Midland's Wagner Noel
- October 17 – Irving's Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
- October 18 – Houston's Smart Financial Centre
- October 19 – San Antonio's Majestic Theater
Though it does seem strange that the tour doesn't stop anywhere near Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, organizers at Live Nation Urban teased they will add additional U.S. and international dates soon. (A current list of dates can be found here.)
Tickets for the Dallas-Fort Worth show are currently on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.