Big-name concerts

Baltimore hosted its share of big-time music acts this year, including shows by Billy Joel and One Direction at M&T Bank Stadium (hard to imagine a pair of acts that would span more generations) and Stevie Wonder at Royal Farms Arena, where he performed in its entirety his landmark 1976 album, “Songs in the Key of Life.” But no concert was bigger, or better received, than Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” benefit show at Royal Farms Arena on May 10. Announced suddenly, in the wake of the death in late April of Freddie Gray, the concert marked Prince’s first performance in the city in 14 years. In announcing the show, Prince said he wanted it to be a “catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.”


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