Prince Announces Surprise Baltimore 'Rally 4 Peace'

He'll play a concert on Sunday in the city
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2015 8:46 AM CDT
Prince Announces Surprise Baltimore 'Rally 4 Peace'
In this July 2, 2004, file photo, Prince performs during the 10th-anniversary Essence Music Festival at the Superdome in New Orleans.   (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke, File)

Prince will play a concert in Baltimore on Sunday to "promote peace" in the wake of Freddie Gray's death, USA Today reports. He's asking those who attend the "Rally 4 Peace" concert to wear gray "in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence," organizers said, according to CNN. "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 US." A rep earlier announced that Prince has also recorded a song that is "a tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore" and "addresses the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men."

The Daily Beast has the lyrics to the new song, which include: "Does anybody hear us pray? / For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray / Peace is more than the absence of war / Absence of war." No release date has yet been announced, but Prince told Fox 9 last week, "We're going to talk to Jay Z and his people about streaming it on Tidal." Tickets for the 5pm Sunday performance at the Royal Farms Arena, which will also feature guests who have not yet been announced, go on sale at 5pm today at, the Baltimore Sun reports. (More Prince stories.)

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