When we decided to have a little fun this winter and go all-Prince on our Local Current stream as soon as it snows, we had no idea what Prince himself might make of our little stunt. In fact, he loves the idea, and to help everyone get in the Purple spirit, he’s sharing “CRAZY 2 COOL”: an exclusive live recording that The Current will play this Friday.
The 20-minute recording is a searing medley performed by Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, recorded on June 1, 2014 at Le Zenith in Paris. The Current’s airing of the medley will be the world premiere of this authorized live recording that contains – as Paisley Park puts it – a raucous selection of “hits and surprises.” We’ll play it at 5:00 p.m. CT, and then again at 10:00 CT, this coming Friday, Nov. 6. Fans in our broadcast area can tune in on the radio, and everyone in Minnesota and beyond will also be able to hear the broadcast streaming online. Here’s a sneak preview:
Prince has also announced that on Saturday, he’ll share a live acoustic performance called OUI CAN LUV recorded at Paisley Park. The performance centers on Andy Allo, with Prince filling in as “special guest guitarist.” OUI CAN LUV will stream exclusively on Tidal from 7:00 p.m. CT Saturday night through 7:00 a.m. CT the following morning. Allo’s 2012 album Superconductor, co-produced by Prince, will also be made available on Tidal to coincide with the OUI CAN LUV stream.
Update (Nov. 6, 2015, 11:55 a.m. CT): To coincide with The Current’s exclusive live broadcast of “CRAZY 2 COOL,” Prince is opening Paisley Park for two shows this Friday and Saturday. Anything can happen at Paisley Park, but for these particular shows Prince encourages you to “bring yo jammies!” and “help yoself to some cheesecake funk … 007.” No promise of Prince performing, but the flyer does say “then free urself with _______ !!” Tickets are $40 and the parties start at 10 p.m. CT. Find more information about the events here.
Meanwhile, we’ll continue to watch the skies! When MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner certifies that one inch of snow has officially accumulated at Paisley Park, we’ll pull the Prince lever and go all-Prince on our Local Current stream of Minnesota music—available via our website, via the free MPR Radio app for iPhones and Androids, and broadcast via 89.3 HD2 in the Twin Cities. To be alerted via e-mail as soon as we’re ready to go purple, sign up for our Purple Alert.