SAN FRANCISCO (CBSSF) – Musical genius and true artist, Prince has declared that he is kicking off his “Welcome 2 America” Tour starting with 2 nights, right here in Oakland at the Oracle Arena. The tour will start on Monday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 23rd, both at 8:00pm.

With closing out 6 incredible shows in New York, so good even Kim Kardashian got off (literally, off the stage) completely star struck by the purple one’s raw presence. Critics stood up, applauded and wrote deliriously joyous reviews about the show. The New York Daily News raved, “Prince 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 Star-Ledger encouraged fans to see the show with their review – “Any doubt that the diminutive singer could still bring the heat was put to rest at the explosive concert that kicked off the Welcome 2 America tour…Prince, remarkably, remains at the height of his powers. He’s a national treasure. Catch him while you can”, according to Live Nation’s Facebook post.

Rolling Stone adds, “He had the crowd panting as soon as he hit the stage…It was unbelievably great. Do you go to a Prince show for predictable consistency? Ah, no. You go for moments of divinely inspired madness — and last night, he delivered as many of those as a fan could expect.”

Tickets for the Oakland shows go on sale Friday, February 18th at 12:00 Noon PST at and Based on the reviews and the growing hype over Prince’s shows, there will be no doubt these shows will sell out.

For more information on the Oakland shows, visit CBS Local Events

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Comments (6)
  1. Aint no Thang says:

    I would love to go see Prince…but not in Oakland. I don’t want to get shot at.

  2. We don't want you anyways says:

    cooll – stay home and watch American Idol so I can go.

  3. Optomistically Pesimest says:

    Um, I don’t think you know what you are talking about “Aint no Thang”, you’re not going to get shot if you mind your own damn business. And further more that statement is even more ignorant if you consider the FACT that you can get shot in a corn field if Prince held the concert in a Barn house somewhere in Winters. I’m with “We don’t want you anyways”… stay home and hope no one pops off a few shots while your sitting in your home. You can get hurt anywhere… doing anything… I’ll be there having the time of my life, no matter how long it last. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see it on youtube.

  4. Julia Anne says:

    Would love to see Prince in Oakland. Have fun! I know it will be great. Looking forward to Los Angeles when that happens. So exciting..Great musician and performer…

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