Prince dead at age 57
Around 17,000 fans will remember Prince at a tribute concert at St Paul's XCel Center on 13 October Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Prince fans will don their best purple clothes on Thursday night (13 October) to celebrate the icon at an official tribute concert in the US. Musicians, friends and family members of Prince are expected to flock to the XCel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota to honour the late musician's career.

Almost 17,000 tickets for "Prince Day" have sold since going on sale in September so expect a strong force of concert-goers uniting in their appreciation of the Kiss hitmaker. Prince's death on 21 April at the age of 57 rocked the music industry and left a guitar-shaped hole where his legend once stood.


Musicians set to commemorate the singer with performances including Motown icon Stevie Wonder, Ain't Nobody hitmaker Chaka Khan and Grammy-winner Anita Baker.

Pop star Tori Kelly is also set to grace the stage alongside hip hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh, neo soul star Bilal and r'n'b vocalist Luke James.

Ticket-holders can also expect a performance from Mint Condition while Prince's group 3rdEyeGirl and members of the New Power Generation will serve as the house band.

Celebrity guests

A slew of celebrities are expected to watch the show with X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger and Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia confirmed to attend. Maya and Nandy McClean, best known as the Twinz, Prince's childhood friend and early bandmate Andre Cymone and DJ Dudley who toured with the singer will also make appearances. Also announced are Prince's Purple Rain co-stars Morris Day and the Time.


Unfortunately, not everyone will join the commemorators. Singer John Mayer was due to perform but the songwriter withdrew from the line-up with promoters announcing a "change of schedule". A rep for Mayer also confirmed he was "unable to attend" but did not specify a reason. Reports are also claiming that The Voice coach Christina Aguilera could pull out due to an illness.

Those who arrive at the XCel Energy Center early enough will have the chance to watch a pre-show outside the venue where a permanent Prince memorial is on display.