Prince announces North Charleston tour date (update: Coliseum hosting pre-party)

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Update March 30: With the potential for severe weather tomorrow, the North Charleston Coliseum will open the Performing Arts Center lobby for a “Purple Rain pre-show party” before the Prince concert.

The party begins at 5 p.m. and will feature food and drinks for sale and of course, plenty of Prince music. Admission to the party is free.

First reporting: Doves and fans alike began to cry yesterday when Prince announced that he'll be performing at the North Charleston Coliseum on March 30th.

Tickets for the show are on sale at

Here's deets from the press release: 

PRINCE ANNOUNCES WELCOME 2 AMERICA CAROLINA DATES6 Nights in North & South Carolina NEW YORK, NY (March 10, 2011) - Prince has declared a string of Purple days in the Carolinas, bringing his extraordinary Welcome 2 America tour to the South for the first time with the announcement of 6 nights in North and South Carolina starting March 21st.  The announcement comes on the heels of three Oakland, CA shows and six incredible shows in the New York area that wowed fans and critics with his singular stage presence, leaving them screaming for more each and every night. These shows will mark a homecoming for two members of The New Power Generation, drummer John Blackwell and vocalist/tambourine player Shelby Johnson are both from South Carolina. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, March 14th at and, except for Columbia, SC which are available at The New York Daily News raved, “Prince is worthy of all royal accolades…The hit-friendly show had a kinetic confidence and racing pace that spoke of his singular place in pop history,” while the New York Times said “It’s easy to envision Prince as another Chuck Berry or James Brown, barnstorming for decades to come.”  The San Francisco Chronicle raved “spinning, strutting and swaying in his towering heels as if no time had passed since the days he dominated MTV with his angular suits and perfectly sculpted hair… neither his fantastic voice nor his dynamic legs showing any signs of slowing down.”Prince Welcome 2 America Carolina Show Dates:March 21st       Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena                On Sale: 3/15 @ 10am ETMarch 23rd       Raleigh, NC - RBC Center                             On Sale: 3/14 @ 10am ETMarch 24th       Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena     On Sale: 3/14 @ 10am ETMarch 26th       Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum       On Sale: 3/14 @ 12pm ETMarch 28th       Greenville, SC - Bi-Lo Center                         On Sale: 3/15 @ 10am ETMarch 30th       North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum   On Sale: 3/15 @ 10am ET