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Tickets on sale for Prince's 'once-in-a-lifetime' piano shows at Paisley

Hold Prince's hand! Do it!

Hold Prince's hand! Do it!

[Update: It seems tickets sold out almost instantly.]

[Second update! Prince, the self-conscious lil' fella, wanted Paisley to look as spiffy as possible before his big party — just like My Super Sweet 16, we'd like to imagine. Thus, he had the performance space totally remodeled, a process you can watch in the neat video posted below courtesy of Infinitree Media. Take special notice of the groovy purple pool table.]

When we last heard from Prince, his social media team was busy tweeting out cryptic gig posters for a "gala event" Jan. 21 at Paisley Park. 

And as of Friday we finally have the details: There will, in fact, be two Minnesota-based versions — 8 and 11 p.m., Jan. 21, at Paisley Park — of "The Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone." The format is exactly like it sounds. Prince was scheduled to tour that show through Europe last fall, but it was mothballed in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Paris. So instead, the Minnesota-born music legend is inviting fans into his own studio/venue in Chanhassen. 

Tickets went on sale Saturday afternoon via PaisleyAfterDark.com and quickly sold out (no offical word, but the website went dark). Those who did score passes paid $250 for VIP and $100 for general admission. 

The intimate performances will span the Purple One's entire discography, according to a press release, including hits, new stuff, rarities, B-sides, and "new never-before-heard material." The press release continues its hard sell: “For those lucky enough to attend, everything about these exclusive solo performances has been carefully considered to deliver special once-in-a-lifetime experiences." The inspiration cited for the stripped-down sets?  
"For several reasons. For starters it is a challenge. You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get.”

Speaking of purity, it seems these hometown gigs are a “stance against ticket-touts.” That's according to the press release, which says the Euro tour of "Piano & A Microphone" was canceled not just over terrorism concerns, but because of "skyrocketing resell prices on secondary ticketing outlets even prior to the official on-sale date.”

In an effort to curb those same resale issues at home, tickets won't be issued in advance. Concertgoers will be required present photo ID when they arrive at Paisley Park. 

Prince released two new albums in 2015 — September's HITnRUN Phase One and December's HITnRUN Phase Two. Both are available exclusively through music-streaming service Tidal, so you'll have to ask Jay Z or your weird cousin who hates Spotify how they sound. 

Paisley Park After Dark - The Remodel from Infinitree Media on Vimeo.