After inaugurating a possible new outdoor venue in Minneapolis on Saturday night, Alabama Shakes are hanging around to play one of the Twin Cities’ most storied music hubs Monday. The acclaimed soul-rockers have confirmed a semi-surprise gig at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and show time is around 9 p.m. Tickets will be $35 and available first-come, first-served at the door.
As is the case with nearly every Paisley party, it’s unclear if The Man in Charge will be a part of the performance, but he certainly could be. Prince did not attend Alabama Shakes’ show Saturday night with Father John Misty at Hall’s Island -- portopots aren't really the fella's thing -- but members of his band 3rdEyeGirl tweeted a photo from the side of the stage along with a link to our interview with guitarist Heath Fogg to preview Saturday’s show.
Part of our interview that didn’t make it to print was Fogg talking about Prince’s influence on the band, which has come out in subtle ways on the new album, “Sound & Color” – and in not-so-subtle ways, like the earrings that Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard wore for their March performance on “Saturday Night Live.” They were emblazoned with the likeness of our local Rock and Roll of Famer.
“We’re all fans of his work, and all for different reasons,” Fogg said.
“Each person in the band probably listens to him different amounts. He’s probably more influential to other members of the band than me, but I used to be in a cover band that would do ‘Erotic City’ and a few songs like that, so obviously he’s there somewhere in what I do. Not trying to channel that with this record.”
Alabama Shakes have an unusual two-day break in their tour itinerary before heading to the next stop Tuesday night in Indianapolis. Touring bands sometimes book time in Paisley Park’s various rooms to record, rehearse or shoot a video. Or maybe just see how true-to-life was Charlie Murphy’s skit on “Chapelle’s Show.”