Like Willy Wonka in "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory," Prince plans to throw open the doors to his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota as part of the seven-day "Prince: A Celebration" festival slated for June.
From June 7 (Prince's birthday) through June 12, Prince will allow ticketed fans to enter his Paisley Park domain every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which the attendants will tour the Artist's recording studios, personal offices, wardrobe rooms, and soundstages.
Many of Prince's own personal memorabilia will be on display for the "Celebration," including his 20 gold and platinum certifications, his multiple Grammy Awards, and the infamous motorcycle from the "Purple Rain" album cover and film.
The Paisley Park tour will also include an interactive element in which visitors can vote on which of Prince's unreleased songs should be issued on future New Power Generation albums.
Prince is also staging a series of
"dancetildawn" parties each night of the exhibition, with the all-night shows featuring costumed dancers, screenings of Prince's vintage concert footage, and performances by several as-yet-unnamed guests.
"Prince: A Celebration" will culminate on June 13 with his first concert of the summer -- and his first since his all-star New Year's Eve blowout (see "Prince To Retire '1999,' George Clinton Added To 'Rave' Concert") -- slated for Minneapolis' Northrop Auditorium.
Tickets for the "Celebration," Paisley Park exhibit, and Prince's hometown show will go on sale beginning May 13, and will be available through a toll free number, 1-800-482-2502, or The Artist's www.1800newfunk.com Web site.
Proceeds from the "Celebration" affair will be donated to the Love4OneAnother charity, which provides aid and financial assistance to needy children in the Minneapolis
area via several local groups and non-profit organizations.
Prince's June 13 gig in Minneapolis will likely be the official start of his planned summer tour, as Prince has posted messages about a summer trek of amphitheaters in late-June at his NPGonlineLTD.com site. Prince has scheduled a press conference in New York City for May 16, during which he's expected to unveil details and dates about the tour.
In other news, The Artist has also confirmed plans to head into a studio and work with TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes later this month, and any finished material could turn up on Lopes' upcoming solo album (see "TLC's Left Eye Looks Forward To Solo Project").