**UPDATE: The seven-member R&B/funk ensemble MPLS -- featuring sidemen and singers from Sounds of Blackness and Mint Condition drummer Brandon Commodore -- announced on its Facebook page that it will perform for Saturday's party at Paisley.
Prince fans might want to start storing up a few extra hours of sleep over the next two nights. The suddenly social-media-savvy royal rocker has spread word that Paisley Park will be open to the public for two parties Friday and Saturday. The events are billed as “Paisley Park After Dark” – so as not to be confused with all the afternoon tea parties he hosts at his Chanhassen compound (yeah right) – and are not in any way advertised as Prince concerts. However, the flyer going around includes the tease, “U never know what might happen.”
By now, you should know what will happen if you try bringing in a cell phone, camera or recording device to the party (see ya!). Other usual orders of business include the promise of a shuttle bus from a nearby parking lot (probably outside Lifetime Fitness), a $30 cover at the door (no advance tickets) and a 9 p.m. door time that may or may not mean anything (although the flyer does mention a 2 a.m. end).
Paisley Park’s last big public bash was the pancake-accompanied Pajama Party in October. He took the stage with 3rdEyeGirl around 4 a.m. that night, er, morning. Should he perform this time around, he and the band should be extra tight, having just finished a run of well-received London shows last month and two shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco last weekend. Not so well-received, his new single with Zooey Deschanel has pretty well gone nowhere fast since its release last week.