Prince Finally Gives Us Incentive To Move To L.A.

princeearsssss.jpgThe L.A. Times‘ Buzz Blog is reporting that Prince will play a seven-weekend residency at Los Angeles’ Roosevelt Hotel, beginning some time next month. And if you were expecting Prince to casually plug his glyph-shaped guitar into a socket just fiddle around for a bit, well, you’d be wrong:

What the plans call for: On seven Friday nights starting June 15, the Roosevelt will close off its lobby at 9 p.m. Then, at 11:30 in the Blossom Room in front of 250 seated guests and an undetermined number of standing-room-only patrons, Prince (joined each week by special guests) will give a two-hour performance. At 2 a.m., Prince’s private chef will take over the kitchen of the Roosevelt’s Dakota restaurant, which will morph into an after-hours dinner club. As part of a jazz ensemble, Prince will entertain diners until 4 a.m.

We’re not too good at math, but we think that comes to about 11 hours of music a night, plus a complimentary side dish of vegan prawns. Let’s hope things go smoothly: If one of the Roosevelt’s VIP guests (Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Karl Malden, etc.) shows up and display too much skin, they might wind up sending the guy into a religious self-seclusion for the next five years.

Exclusive: Seven weeks of Prince in Hollywood? [Buzz Bands]

  • Ned Raggett

    Forget the prawns, it’ll all be about the desserts.

  • Diglett

    Will there be pancakes?

  • Juancho

    What is the entry fee for this going to start at, half a mil?

  • Chris Molanphy

    @oovy: Yes, and basketball: skins vs. blouses.

  • brainchild

    it’d almost be worth it. prince has never disappointed me in a live setting.

  • leah79

    Yeah, but what about his new perfume? I mean, that’s gotta be more tasty than anything Prince’s chef can serve up, right?

  • dollywould

    Karl Malden. Love it.

    I can’t even begin to imagine how much this costs. I may finally have to whore myself out on Hollywood Blvd. to afford it. But bonus! I’ll be near the Roosevelt, so I can just have my clients drop me off there.

  • Darth Funk

    i wonder if prince and morris day have the same chef, gino scagagratchi?

  • Xenu

    @heidiho: Hollywood’s getting buffed and polished; all that glorious filth is going away. Gone are those quaint Pretty Woman days of hookers on Hollywood. After all, there’s a W Hotel going up at Hollywood and Vine, across from a Philippe Strack-designed sushi joint. The sad irony of the most famous street corner in the world’s being a seedy dump – one of those wonderful L.A. contradictions – is now gone.

    Maybe you could get a spot to sell yourself down on Santa Monica, if the manwhores will give you a spot…

  • parrotrunner

    I’ve been seeing hoes tricking themselves out on Vermont near Wendy’s lately and I saw some Chiklis-lookin dudes bust one a few weeks back at the Citibank near the Children’s Hospital on Sunset. They’ve moved east, I guess.

  • Ned Raggett

    Exactly how many of us are in LA or the area again? It’s a coterie. I’ll be up there for Bottling Smoke this weekend if anyone’s interested in joining in (hey, it’s free, mostly).

  • dollywould

    @Xenu: Hollywood is still dirty, my friend. However, I’ve noticed more and more of them on the east side as well. The Food 4 Less parking lot on Sunset & Western seems to showcase the, uh, finest? of the crackwhores.

  • Sleepyhead

    @heidiho: In his recent similar Las Vegas residency, standing room tickets were ~$135 and sit-down tickets with overpriced food and liquor were another ~$300 on top of that for a table that sat up to 4. In my THC-addled memory of vague numbers.

  • Xenu

    @heidiho: Hollywood the neighborhood is vast and yes, very skanky. Hollywood Boulevard as Streetwalker Central, with stiletto-heeled trollops presenting their wares over the terrazzo stars is, these days, more myth than reality. One has to go out more towards Thai Town, Little Armenia, and those environs. I’m sure it’s plenty skanktastic in the vicinity of Western, near the White Horse Saloon and thereabouts.

  • dollywould

    @Xenu: Just to be clear, I am joking about the prostitute thing. (:

    How much can you get to be a surrogate mother these days?

  • Xenu

    @heidiho: Oh, I know. After all, there’s no market in it in L.A. any more, what with Paris Hilton giving so blythely it away for free.

    It’s sad these stories get people’s hopes up that any sort of commoner can get in to see Prince. Even though the very hippest have moved on a year or so ago, the Roosevelt desperately tries to hang onto its cool cred by strangling people with its velvet rope. (I had to book rooms for visitors there recently and, as I did not book appropriately expensive suites, I was imperiously informed they would not be given pool – and thus Tropicana Bar – access after 6:00 P.M.)

    Want to see Prince at the Roosevelt? Be filthy rich if you’re a guy, be really hot if you’re a girl, and, no matter your gender, be prepared to sit through endless Joni Mitchell tributes without hearing a single song from Purple Rain.

  • Xenu

    Wow. That kinda got garbled.

  • parrotrunner

    man, I hate that place

  • Xenu

    @riverrun: I remember when the Roosevelt was little more than a Comfort Inn, a medium-budget two-star with chubby families from Idaho milling about and a funny mildew smell in the lobby. All the attitude one gets there now is a bit absurd. But these lofty joints all fall. Look at the rejects on the roof of the Downtown Standard, which used to be The Place To Be™. That’s Teddy’s in five… four… three… two…

    Sorry about that. Idolator is quickly becoming Defamer.

  • parrotrunner

    this is why I like the Cat and Fiddle or those dive bars on Hillhurst or Red Lion or Lowenbrau. There don’t seem to be any peaks and valleys of douchery scenesterism. Though maybe there are and I’m just not paying attention!

  • Jupiter8

    When is he going to have time to study the Bible?

  • Xenu

    @riverrun: Lowenbrau Keller is awesome. But right now, fully sated after a two-hour lunch at Mozza (I know, I know), just about everything is awesome. Okay, not Fall Out Boy or Brandon Flowers’ dumb-ass Colonel Sanders bow ties, but pretty much everything else…