Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera and Chaka Khan will be among the friends and fans of Prince who will honour the tragic music icon at an official tribute in his native Minnesota next month (Oct16).
John Mayer, Tori Kelly, Anita Baker, Mint Condition, and Morris Day and the Time are also confirmed to perform at The Official Prince Tribute in St. Paul on 13 October (16).
Prince’s longtime keyboard player Morris Hayes and members of the singer’s final band 3rdEyeGirl will join the headliners for their performances of the Purple Rain hitmaker’s songs.
“The family is extremely excited to provide an opportunity for the world to participate in the tribute for our brother Prince,” the late star’s sister Sharon Nelson said in a statement.
Reports suggest members of Prince’s inner circle originally planned to hold the tribute show at the new NFL stadium in his hometown of Minneapolis, but the concert will take place at the smaller Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Fans of Prince will be able to wander around his Paisley Park compound this autumn (16), when the late music icon’s home is opened to the public.
Bremer Bank officials, who were appointed special administrators for Prince’s estate following his death in April (16), have announced the gates to the singer’s private estate and production complex will open for daily public tours from 6 October (16).
The decision was made by Prince’s family, in conjunction with the Bremer Bank bosses.
Confirming the news, the late star’s sister Tyka Nelson says, “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on.
On This Day (1 August) in 2007, Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 – the same figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume. After completing the 21 nights the Jehovah’s Witness was planning to take time out to study the Bible.
A Minnesota judge has shot down 29 claims from would-be heirs hoping to get a piece of late Prince’s estate. The Purple Rain singer did not leave a will when he died in April (2016) after suffering a drug overdose at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis, and under state law, his estimated $500 million (£378 million) fortune will be split evenly between his heirs, which include his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings. Hundreds of people have come forward since the tragedy trying to establish themselves as heirs to his massive fortune, and Judge Kevin Eide, who is overseeing the case on the Kiss star’s estate, made a special ruling earlier this year (2016) that Prince’s blood could be tested in order to find potential DNA matches among the claimants.
As authorities continue their investigations into the circumstances leading to Prince’s untimely death, it has been reported that the singer’s primary physician Dr Michael Schulenberg and renowned addiction specialist Dr Howard Kornfeld are both being investigated.