Prince Unveils Plans For Las Vegas Club

Purple was the color and Prince was the star yesterday (Nov. 8) as the eccentric musician launched a nightclub venture that will see him performing twice a week in Las Vegas.

Purple was the color and Prince was the star yesterday (Nov. 8) as the eccentric musician launched a nightclub venture that will see him performing twice a week in Las Vegas.

As previously reported, Prince, 48, is taking up residence in the desert gambling resort for an indefinite period, playing at the Rio Hotel in the 3121 club -- named after his most recent studio album.

"I like Las Vegas," said a peach-suited Prince during a three-song set featuring "Fury," "Purple Rain" and "Let's Go Crazy." The regular Friday and Saturday night shows start on Nov. 10; tickets are $125 and are already sold out for the first weekend.

Prince himself has given few clues as to why, and why now, he has chosen to set up shop in Las Vegas amidst the topless dancers, magicians, Cirque du Soleil spectaculars and crooners such as Barry Manilow and Celine Dion, who have also set up semi-permanent residence on the Strip.

A rare giver of interviews, he appointed his Australian twin backup singer/dancers, known as the Twinz, as his official spokespersons yesterday. "He wants to bring raw, live music back to Las Vegas. He wants a more positive vibe," Maya Mcclean, one of the Twinz, told reporters.

The intimate 3121 club, decked in purple and seating 900, will be under Prince's sole artistic control. An adjacent restaurant, 3121 Jazz Cuisine, is being run by his personal chef.

"This is his vision. This is his room. This is his club," said John Meglen, president of AEG Live, which is backing the venture. Prince is expected to stay in Vegas for several months, or, as Maya Mcclean said, "until he figures out what he wants to do next."


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