*Jay Z and Beyoncé flew to Baltimore to attend Sunday’s Prince’s Rally 4 Peace concert, which was a tribute to the late Freddie Gray. During the festivities, The Carters took pictures with members of Gray’s family. Bey, her mom Tina Knowles, and Alicia Keys also snapped a pic with Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown, the 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri who was killed by an officer last August.
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Tickets for the event cost between $22 and $497, according to the Baltimore Sun. The paper also reports that Tidal said they’d match the money donated through its website to the “Baltimore Justice Fund.”
“I am honored to join Prince in his mission to inspire through the uniting power of music and be able to offer a platform where this moment can be shared globally,” Jay said in a statement on Friday. “We invite all to experience the music and contribute in their own way to promote peace, tolerance and understanding. Our prayers go out to Freddie Gray’s family and every family affected by brutality and senseless violence.”
The show at Baltimore’s Royal Farm Arena, his first in Charm City in 14 years, coincided with the release two days earlier of Prince’s own song titled “Baltimore.”
“To all the families that have lost loved ones… tonight we are your servants,” Prince exclaimed, wearing a grey frock and tri-lensed sunglasses as he and backing band 3rdEyeGirl took the stage, turning “Let’s Go Crazy” into an extended jam, the first of many. Shortly into the set, playing his new tribute song, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her husband were brought out, to a wall of applause.
He ran through pretty much all of his hits. [Peep the set list below.] Returning from one of his three encore breaks, Prince mused that he “wants to play more songs, but I’ve run out of hits — oh, did I make a joke?”
Prince brought out Miguel, Doug E. Fresh (whose beatbox accompaniment to Prince’s bass was a late show high mark), Judith Hill and Estelle.
“The system is broken,” Prince said very near the end of the night. “The way we fix it is to build a new one.”
Watch a clip below:
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Take Me With You”
“U Got the Look”
“Little Red Corvette”
“Nothing Compares 2 U”
“When Doves Cry”
“Sign O The Times”
“I Would Die 4 U”
“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore”
“The Beautiful Ones”
“Do Me, Baby”
“When Will We Be Paid?”