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Questlove curates symphonic Prince tribute tour

4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince also features contributions from musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and arranger Brent Fischer

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    Questlove has curated a forthcoming Prince tribute tour called “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” The 36-date trek, which was officially approved by the late musician’s estate, will feature a 27-piece orchestra performing Prince’s iconic songs alongside a full band and guest vocalists.

    The Roots drummer worked with frequent Prince collaborator Brent Fischer on the tour’s arrangements. Along with his father, Dr. Clare Fischer, Fischer was responsible for the 2004 Grammy medley the late performer did with Beyoncé, as well as a range of albums from Sign O’ The Times to Graffiti Bridge to the Batman soundtrack. According to a press release, some of the songs that will be featured on the tour include “For You”, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, a medley of “Venus de Milo” and “Alexa de Paris”, and another medley of “All My Dreams” and “1999”.

    Acclaimed session musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, known for his work with everyone from Ray Charles to Flying Lotus, is also contributing to the tour.

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    “Questlove is one of the most innovative artists of today,” Fischer said of his collaboration with the musician born Ahmir Thompson. “Between his encyclopedic knowledge of and my history with Prince, we see eye-to-eye on so many creative levels and have a deep respect for preserving Prince’s amazing output.”

    “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince” kicks off in early September and you can find the complete tour docket below.

    4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince 2018 Tour Dates:
    09/06 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre New Jersey
    09/08 – Washington, D.C. @ Wolf Trap
    09/09 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theatre
    09/11 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
    09/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amp.
    09/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amp.
    09/14 – Asheville, NC @ U.S. Cellular Center
    09/15 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
    09/17 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Center for the Arts
    09/18 – Springfield, MA @ Symphony Hall
    09/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
    09/21 – Binghamton, NY @ Anderson Center
    09/22 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Memorial Hall
    09/24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
    09/25 – Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre
    09/26 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
    09/27 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
    09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
    09/29 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
    09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    10/02 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center Arena
    10/03 – Gainesville, FL @ Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
    10/04 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center
    10/05 – Tampa, FL @ USF Dome
    10/06 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
    10/07 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center
    10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
    10/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
    10/12 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace
    10/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
    10/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
    10/16 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel
    10/17 – Dallas, TX @ Music Factory
    10/18 – Houston, TX @ Sugarland
    10/19 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
    10/20 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
    10/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

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    On September 21st, Warner Bros. Records will release a collection of previously unheard Prince demos entitled Piano & A Microphone 1983. The nine-track, 35-minute recording comes from a “private rehearsal” undertaken just before Prince’s fame hit international heights. One of the songs, “Mary Don’t You Weep”, appears during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

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