Prince takes the stage for 'Rally 4 Peace' show in Baltimore

Mon May 11, 2015 12:48am EDT
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By Lacey Johnson

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Reclusive rocker Prince took the stage on Sunday in a "Rally 4 Peace" concert in response to the death of a 25-year-old man, whose death from injuries suffered while in police custody triggered riots, telling the crowd: "We are here for you."

The Grammy-winning musician, appearing at Royal Farms Arena along with his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, performed such hits as "When Doves Cry" and "Raspberry Beret", as well as a new song called "Baltimore," which he dedicated to the city.

"We are here for you tonight," he said.

"It's going to be all right. We're going to figure this thing out," Prince said while performing "Purple Rain."

"It's going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas," he said.

Fan Jamal Terrell, 41, said: "I think he showed why he's still extremely important. He brought a community together."

"It's much bigger than a color issue. There's people from all walks of life here," Terrell said.

Surprise guests were promised, and delivered, including Doug E. Fresh and Miguel.   Continued...

Prince performs during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in this May 19, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Marcus