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Prince announces ‘gala event’ at Paisley Park on Jan. 21, releases additional walk-up tickets

by Jay Gabler

January 05, 2016

In recent days on Twitter, Prince has been dropping teasing mentions of something happening on Jan. 21. Now, his plans have been revealed: he's hosting a "gala event" at Paisley Park, with "music" promised — apparently a preview of his postponed Piano & a Microphone tour.

Prince's Piano & a Microphone tour — with Prince performing solo at the keyboard — was originally planned to take place this fall in cities across Europe. Ticket sales were first postponed due to concern over exploitation by ticket resellers, and then the entire tour was postponed until further notice in the wake of the Paris attacks.

On Jan. 21, a Paisley Park audience may get a glimpse of what was planned for that tour. The mention of a "gala event" is intriguing, as is the fact that this show is being announced with much more advance notice than the average Paisley Park event.

Update 1/18: Advance tickets for two performances on Jan. 21 have gone on sale — and sold out. Prince has also shared a video that shows Paisley Park being prepared for the solo shows.

Update 1/20: Just in from Paisley Park!

100 general admission tickets for the 8:00 and 11:00 shows tomorrow will be released exclusively tomorrow as walk-ups, first-come first-served. All of these tickets will be $150, and each will come with a CD of Prince's new album HITNRUN Phase 2.

Ticket sales will be made available exclusively from the Paisley Park will call set up at 650 SW Village Transit Station, Chanhassen, Minn., 55317. Sales will begin at 3 p.m. sharp on Thursday.

Ticket buyers for the 8 p.m. show will be asked to park at the transit station for the show; parking for the 11 p.m. show will be at another location, which will be announced at the time of purchase. Shuttle buses will take attendees from parking stations to Paisley Park.

Additional details:

A Friday night show, featuring Graham Central Station, has also been announced.

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