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Prince memorial concerts mooted for MSG, Staples Center

The rumoured concerts will feature performances by The Bangles, Chaka Kahn, Mavis Staples and more "big-name friends"

By IQ on 26 Apr 2016

Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), Instagram, memorial concerts at Madison Square Garden, Staples Center

image © Instagram.com/prince

Prince’s friends in the music industry are reportedly planning “big memorial celebrations”, including tribute concerts at 18,000-capacity arenas Madison Square Garden in New York and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in the wake of his death aged 57 last Thursday.

According to an anonymous source quoted by Radar, performers will include The Bangles, Chaka Kahn, Mavis Staples, Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham and “loads of big-name friends”.

An unrelated free memorial concert, hosted by Danish festival Golden Days and featuring music and spoken-word performances, will also be held at Vega’s Lounge in Copenhagen tonight.

Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Rihanna and David Gilmour (who performed a medley of ‘Comfortably Numb’ and Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’) are among the high-profile musicians who have incorporated a tribute to Prince in recent live shows.

Read IQ’s tribute to Prince (pictured), described as “a pioneering live performer who changed the face of the concert industry forever”, here.

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