How to purify yourself before a Prince show at Paisley Park

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You can cut the anticipation surrounding Prince's upcoming show at Paisley Park with a purple sword. Hand-clenching Minnesotans want to make sure they get the most out of such an experience. Thus, "How can I do this thing right?" was the overall feeling lurking in the comments section of yesterday's announcement of a Purple One/New Power Generation/3rdEyeGirl performance on Saturday.

Never fear, Gimme Noise readers, we have distilled the wisdom garnered over the past 48 hours into a bit of a clip-n-save guide to attending a gig at Paisley Park.

See Also: Prince, New Power Generation, and 3rdEyeGirl to play at Paisley Park

U Have Arrived @ The Right Place:
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The address is 7801 Audubon Rd Chanhassen, MN 55317.

Arrive Early 2 Guarantee Ur Admission
Gimme Noise is not aware of the official capacity of the performance facilities at Paisley Park (commenters?). Given the response we've received so far from the announcement yesterday, there are thousands of interested parties looking to take part in an interesting party. Doors are at 9 p.m. for this event, and there are plenty of folks who are willing to sacrifice a couple hours waiting in line prior to that.

Traffic 2 B Directed to Overflow Parking
There are only a handful of spots on the grounds of Paisley Park, so there will be staffers directing cars to the overflow parking lots nearby. Don't worry, it'll be fine.

Leave Ur Phones & Cameras & Recorders Elsewhere
This policy has been in effect for Prince shows for this entire year, so it's starting to become pretty standard. According to his staff, anyone caught by security using one of these devices at the event on Saturday will be escorted from the building. Having experienced the phoneless feeling at a couple Purple presentations now, I can say that it does give you an opportunity to talk to your neighbors and make eye contact with people, and, y'know, watch the concert.

Tickets R a $50 Donation @ the Door

No advance tickets are available for this event. Planning to hold a crisp Ulysses Grant or any combo of smaller bills on your person is the wisest way to guarantee your admission. If you could only scrape 48 bucks together from all the change under your couch cushions, don't sweat it too hard.

Leave Ur Curse Words Elsewhere
This is probably not as heavily monitored as the recording devices, but it's still a concern. Prince is a religious man, and showing respect to the spirit of his dwelling means dropping some innuendo, but no f-bombs.

U Have 2 Drink Ur Alcohol Elsewhere
Again, house rules. Some folks say that water will be available for purchase, so a little extra cash for that would be a good plan for the thirsty.

B Prepared 4 a Long Night
Prince staff says that there's nothing keeping the party from going until the sun comes up. Narcoleptics beware. Consider this when choosing your footwear.

Bring Ur Dancing Shoes!
Speaking of footwear, this is the only clothing suggestion that comes directly from Prince's camp. Assuming that some purple garb is a nice touch, there is no other official dress code in effect. Though who wants to look unkempt at Prince's palace?



Prince, the New Power Generation, & 3rdEyeGirl. $50 donation at the door, and limited entry. NO ADVANCE TICKETS. Doors at 9 p.m., Saturday, October 5. Paisley Park Studios, 7801 Audubon Rd., Chanhassen. No alcoholic drinks allowed, no cell phones, no audio recorders, no cameras, no reentry. Update: Limited parking on-site, and traffic will be directed to overflow lots once it fills.



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Paisley Park Studios

7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, MN

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Connie Eckels
Connie Eckels

he is such a great talent an icon i love his shows they are pricelss.im so happy i have got the chance of a lifetime to see him.

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

Didn't like him then , don't care now.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

You don't expect City Pages to report something correctly do you????

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

tonight's event takes place at 2am. your article says doors open at nine which is from 10/5.

Peter Gokey
Peter Gokey

This has information for the last gig on it - doors are NOT at 9 pm tonight. They're at 2 am.

Rebecca Branch
Rebecca Branch

We were considering going but Noah has homecoming dance tonight. Plus I don't think I want to stand in a line for three hours... And then maybe not even get in!!!

Katerina Rappos
Katerina Rappos

Rebecca Rebecca...ha! both my Rebecca fans love Prince!

carrie.simi
carrie.simi

The smaller room only holds a couple hundred, the soundstage holds at least 1200 easy, it depends on the set up.  It's one gigantic room.  In July the stage was set up partway through the middle when in the old days it would be set up on the edge, which leaves more room.  I plan to get there early, but not super duper early - it's going to be a long night after all.  And yes, comfy shoes a must.

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

i'm confused....a youtube promo vid? from the guy that bashed the internet for years? and.....no curse words? from the guy that brought you "Pussy Control" and "Sexy M.F." ??? I will not be contributing to this aging rock stars insanity. thank you.

Controversy
Controversy

I went to the last Prince show at Paisley Park a few years ago and it was great. The performance venue is a large open space about the size of 1st Avenue with great sight lines. My guess is capacity is about 1000. Parking was easy as they had shuttle busses from park and rides. The doors opened later than planned and we had to wait in some light rain for about an hour. After getting inside it was another hour and a half wait, most people sat on the floor to save their spots. Prince took the stage and played for about 2 and a half hours. I remember leaving Paisley Park in a stupor around 1:30AM. Seriously, if you're a Prince fan don't hesitate, just go. These shows don't happen very often.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I have no doubt Prince will be phenomenal.  But Paisley can't hold any more than a few hundred in the big soundstage, depending on how big a stage and rig he's got set up in there. So if you're going, get there really early and follow all the rules because whichever rule he cares about most right now will be enforced with a ruthlessness.  And be prepared for the show to not start until...whenever Prince feels like it, which could be 5:00 AM.  Or it might be 8:00 PM and only last half an hour.  You can't ever tell.  Which is why I won't be there.  I have nothing but respect for the man's skills and talent, but I'm past the age of waiting for someone to feel like sharing his brilliance with me.

dustyj
dustyj

How early should one show up to be able to get in?

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Meh...I respect Prince's guitar shredding abilities but not my cup of tea. If this was Dylan on the other had... the true great MN born musician.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Don't forget 2 purify urself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka before the show, 2

dustyj
dustyj

How early did you get in line for the last one?

meesh427
meesh427

@swmnguy I feel the same way.  I'd love to see him but I am too old to wait in line for hours in the cold rain then wait for hours for him to decide he's ready to perform.

mspmidway
mspmidway

@Kent Erickson Born here, but got the hell out as soon as he got the chance.  

Controversy
Controversy

@dustyj Got there about 8:00 for the "9:00" doors which ended up being more like 10:00 and I was about 10 rows from the stage.

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