Hot on the heels of a “gala weekend” featuring his first-ever solo piano performances as well as a Larry Graham show and a dance party, Prince is opening the doors of Paisley Park to his onscreen arch-rivals Morris Day and the Time. Though Prince himself is not on the bill, the show represents a reunion for Prince and Morris Day, who haven’t been closely associated since Graffiti Bridge.
Advance tickets are now on sale via paisleyparkafterdark.com.
Also on Friday night’s bill is Judith Hill, whose album Back in Time was produced by Prince and recorded at Paisley Park. The show starts at 9:00, with a cover charge of $50 general admission and $150 VIP. (See details below.)
Morris Day’s relationship with Prince goes way back — Prince, Day, and André Cymone were in a Minneapolis band called Grand Central when all three were just in high school. When Prince’s solo career took off, he formed the Time as a band that could play his R&B material as he focused on rock and pop.
The Time’s original lineup, drawn from the existing band Flyte Tyme, included Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — who would go on to become some of the most successful producers of the ’80, ’90s, and 2000s, working with Janet Jackson and other megastars.
The band toured with Prince in the early 1980s and co-starred with him in two films — most famously Purple Rain, in which Day starred as Prince’s onscreen antagonist, a preening and charismatic seducer aided by his right-hand man Jerome Benton. In reality, the band’s most famous music — including their biggest hit, “Jungle Love” — was almost entirely written and produced by Prince.
The Time first broke up in 1984; after starring in Prince’s Graffiti Bridge and releasing their fourth album Pandemonium in 1990, the band broke up again. They reunited in a different configuration in 1995, and released an album under the name the Original 7ven (due to a dispute over the rights to the original group name) in 2011.
Since then, they have resumed performing as Morris Day and the Time — playing gigs including the grand opening of the Hard Rock Café Mall of America in 2014 and last year on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they played “Jungle Love” with Haim (featuring Prince superfan Este Haim) as “Morris Day and the Haim.”
The band’s relations with Prince, however, were distant after Graffiti Bridge wrapped. Though Morris Day and the Time have been occasionally associated with Prince in recent years (for example, participating into the Rave Un2 the Year 2000 concert and opening for Prince in 2004), Prince had no involvement with the Original 7ven album, and many fans guessed they’d never again see Morris Day and Prince under the same roof — let alone see the Time perform at Paisley Park.
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— Prince3EG (@Prince3EG) January 26, 2016