Prince To Retire "1999," George Clinton Added To "Rave" Concert

Prince will party like it's "1999" at his upcoming pay-per-view special, "Rave Un2 The Year 2000," then he'll put the millennial song to rest...forever.

As the Artist gears up for this weekend's taping of the concert special, he has sent word via his publicists that the show, being broadcast on New Year's Eve, will mark the last time he'll ever perform "1999," the title track from his 1982 LP.

"I was aware of the impact '1999' would have when I wrote it," Prince wrote in a statement. "I knew my place in the musical community at the time and I have always sought to be a leader, not a follower."

The "Rave Un2 The Year 2000" pay-per-view is also adding more guest stars, as Parliament-Funkadelic ringleader George Clinton has signed on to appear at the show, being held at Paisley Park studios in Minneapolis.

Prince signed Clinton to his Paisley Park record label back in the late '80s, eventually issuing a pair of Clinton solo albums, 1989's "The Cinderella Theory" and

1993's "Hey Man, Smell My Finger."

There are also rumors that legendary guitarist Carlos Santana will be on board for the "Rave Un2 The Year 2000" as well, but Prince's publicists could not confirm such news.

Earlier this week, the Artist announced that Lenny Kravitz would join him onstage for a pair of songs (see "Lenny Kravitz To Play Prince's New Year's Eve Special").

Prince's "Rave Un2 The Year 2000" pay-per-view will be broadcast by In Demand on December 31 at 10 p.m. (ET).

-- David Basham