how prince is helping baltimore

After recording a protest song, the artist will take his show to the city ravaged by riots and play a Rally 4 Peace.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
06 May 2015, 4:34pm

As Baltimore grapples with riots following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody, Prince has announced that he will play a Rally 4 Peace concert this Sunday at the city's Royal Farms Arena.

"In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.," the musician stated in a press release. "As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence."

Last week, Prince made headlines when one of his reps told Billboard he had recorded a protest song titled Baltimore as a tribute to residents affected by the tragic events. The song has yet to surface online, so it's looking likely that Prince will debut the track at Sunday's concert.

Baltimore isn't the first time Prince has gotten political on a track. Back in 81, three years before his star shot to stratospheric heights with the release of Purple Rain, he dropped Ronnie, Talk to Russia, a call for diplomacy in Cold War standoff between right wing Ronald Reagan and the socialist Soviet Union.

Rally 4 Peace tickets will be on sale from 5 pm today and a portion of sales will benefit local youth charities.


Text Emily Manning
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