Prince hosts dance party in tribute to Baltimore and Freddie Gray

Fans were asked to wear grey for the Paisley Park event

Prince threw a ‘dance rally for peace’ over the weekend (May 2) in honour of Freddie Gray and the people of Baltimore.

Confrontations in the US city began following the funeral of African-American man, Freddie Gray, on last month (April 27). Gray, 25, died on April 19, a week after he was allegedly injured while being taken in to police custody. Members of the police force have been charged with Gray’s death.

Prince’s party-come-rally took place at his own Paisley Park residence and studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans were alerted of the event on social media and asked to “wear grey”.

It was recently reportedly that Prince has recorded a new song as a tribute to the citizens of Baltimore. A publicist for the singer-songwriter confirmed that the track was written in response to the civil unrest throughout the US city and also addresses political and social issues throughout the country as a whole.

Paisley Park DANCE RALLY 4 PEACE. Saturday May 2, 2015. Starts at NINE THIRTY. #PAISLEYPARK #DANCERALLY #PEACE pic.twitter.com/o2zX5gSvIV

— PURPLESSENCE (@PURPLESSENCE) May 2, 2015

In March, Prince unveiled the brand new, surprise single ‘What If?’. The singer premiered the track on Louisville radio station WFPK, to mark starting the US leg of his Hit and Run tour.

Prince started 2015 with a surprise performance at London’s KOKO, playing a lengthy set that included some of his biggest hits. The private show, which was in support of the charity Autism Rocks, attracted big names in the audience including Noel Gallagher and Zane Lowe.
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