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

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Prince and 3rdEyeGirl are opening the gates of his Paisley Park estate to reintroduce Minnesota to the New Power Generation on Saturday. This show comes after nearly a year of building up his live acumen with his new all-female trio -- including three shows at the Dakota and a pair at Myth.

Unlike farewell parties or jams, 3rdEyeGirl tell Gimme Noise via phone that this is going to be a proper show. "We really just wanted to open up Paisley to the public and invite Minnesota and anybody else who can make it out," drummer Hannah Ford says. "This one is moreso like a spur-of-the-moment event to spend time with our community and throw a big concert for everybody and show off some of the stuff we're working on." Update: "Limited Entry... Get Here Early! And Bring Your Dancing Shoes!!!"

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"We've been introduced to what we've heard is the Minnesota Nice," guitarist Donna Grantis adds. "Which is like the friendliest people. Always smiling. [Scandi accent] Hellooooo!"

In addition to work on tracks for the still-without-a-release-date debut album from 3rdEyeGirl, Plectrum Electrum, fresh rehearsals with Prince's veteran outfit New Power Generation began in earnest. Gimme Noise caught the group on dinner break, and they had to hurry back in to practice some more right after the interview.

The NPG have been mighty active over the past few months. After a residency in August at New York at City Winery, which featured drop-ins from Cee Lo Green, Larry Graham, and Prince himself, the band just joined Twitter. Find 'em at @NPGOfficial. In addition to a lot of photos from the sessions at Paisley, there is a new snippet of a track that just got dropped called "Big City."



Unsurprisingly, the rehearsals have opened up the style of playing within the ensemble quite a bit. "The style of music, 3rdEyeGirl is a lot more raw, and it's a pretty heavy rock group," Grantis says when comparing the groups. "With NPG, we're playing more funk tunes and more of the classic hits that incorporate the horn section and the backup singers."

So, for those who can make it out on Saturday, some more Diamonds & Pearls-era material is a possibility. But then again, who knows what's coming out of the bag? The 3rdEyeGirl trio confirm that they've gotten to hang out and jam with "beautiful soul" Janelle Monae in the recent past. Since the Electric Lady isn't on tour just yet, maybe she's available for the night to sit in with what will be a 20-person band featuring an 11-piece horn section. You can bet that some special guests will be onstage and in the audience no matter what.

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"What's cool about this band is that we really inspire and influence each other," Grantis says. "There was always that chemistry between us. Having the luxury of being able to rehearse together all day [laughs] every day is just so cool. You really develop a musical bond that's really special. We've all been musical directors and leaders of our own projects, so musically we've linked to each other really well. We've also played a ton of different styles of music. Jazz, blues, funk, rock, pop, and so we just continue to challenge each other and push each other to bring out the best in one another."

Now we get to see how far that has come since May. And, if nothing else, this is the most affordable gig of them all. According to this new video posted, the event is their "oCtOBer sUrpRISE."



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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splitraindrop
splitraindrop

So if we have to line up cars at Paisley Park how early are they going to allow cars to line up...hmm

bobmonkeycool
bobmonkeycool

so that video only says NPG. is prince definitely gonna play? 

dustyj
dustyj

Is this thing going to be sold out? How early should I arrive to get in?

Eapen Chacko
Eapen Chacko

PP is back? It looked abandoned for a long time. There was a settlement of some back tax issues a while back.

Bobbie Drew
Bobbie Drew

I'm already on top of this news! lol

spincut13
spincut13

So here's my one concern. I skip GWAR (because they start quite a bit earlier anyway) and head over to Paisley park for the 9ish show, but clearly even with the 50 dollar cover (as some are saying it's "only" 50), there's going to be a lot of people, plus "overflow parking". How early does one need to arrive to be relatively certain they won't be sent away because it's full up?

Scoops
Scoops

Hey Reed or anyone who knows.. Do we have to worry about this selling out? Are people going to be showing up really early?

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

also, this is the 3rd show Prince has played out at Paisley just this year, fwiw. he did 2 rehearsals that were open to the public back in July. $10 donation.

Kyle Matteson
Kyle Matteson

Gwar is at 5pm, this won't get going until after 10pm.

Susan
Susan

Seriously, is it just $50 to get in? Never been to a Paisley Park concert before!!!

vana7384
vana7384

@gimme_noise the current's article is making the $50 donation sound optional. Probably should bring the $50 in cash though, right?

SharonElizabeth
SharonElizabeth

I wont be able to go,have no way to get there.Though they were havign shuttle buses. :(

johnacarlson
johnacarlson

No advance tix, cash at door only, which is like most previous Paisley shows. 

Plan on leaving your cellphone in the car or at home, as he's very protective especially about shows at his 'house, and doesn't want any electronics inside. 

Security is usually a patdown and wanding, so not worth trying to sneak one in for a blurry selfie anyway.

If doors are at 9, show may not start until midnight or after, though he's become more prompt in the last couple years.  My two cents from previous experience.

Larse
Larse

Is there a way to obtain tix ahead of time?


Alice
Alice

Does anyone have any idea how early you should show up?

SharonElizabeth
SharonElizabeth

I wont miss this for a thing!!! Where do we purchase tickets? Someone please reply?

A2BA13
A2BA13

@mp30977 @3RDEYEGIRL Oh yes, great news, waiting for a superb Prince album very soon :D I am very excited, as all O(+> addict !! ;-) <3

ktmastel
ktmastel

@dwadles Hope to see you there. No one throws a party like we do!

ReedFischer
ReedFischer moderator

@SharonElizabeth @johnacarlson No phone check. Leave it in your car or home.

SharonElizabeth
SharonElizabeth

@ReedFischer   Thanks for the quick reply.Just waiting for shuttle info.I have no way of getting there.I live in S.Mpls.

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