Sheila E Not Performing at Prince Tribute Concert

Since Prince’s untimely death back in April, folks have been clamoring for a proper tribute. BET rolled out a good, but short homage to the artist, and several cities have held parties to commemorate his life. Earlier this summer, Prince’s hometown announced it was holding a giant concert at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 13, but one big name won’t be in attendance.

Though it was initially announced Prince’s longtime collaborator and protégé Sheila E would be performing, the drummer shut down those rumors in a statement sent to JET and posted on Facebook.

To provide clarity and to avoid confusion, I am not scheduled to perform at the Prince Tribute Concert currently planned for October 13th.

In these months after Prince’s passing, there is still much being sorted out and discussed. Among them are performances and tributes which have taken place and planned among many different groups and organizations. It is appreciated that each of us; family, friends and fans find ways to display our respect and admiration for one who gave so much to so many. In the course of the days, months and years ahead, I like many of you will continue to honor Prince in various ways. I thank you all for your consideration, love and support of me, all of the Paisley Park families, and the Legacy of Prince, now and in the future.

Tuesday, the Minnesota State Arts Board sent out a newsletter giving a few details about the upcoming concert. While Sheila E will not be involved, according to the group, the concert will feature “members of the iconic Prince Family, including Morris Day and the Time, Sheila E, The Revolution, and New Power Generation, featuring prominent stars of today on guest vocals.”

Sounds amazing.