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Prince performs at the PalaLottomatica in Rome, Italy, on November 2, 2010. (Image: Flavia via Flickr)

Prince’s 1990s band plans tribute concerts in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some core members of Prince’s 1990s band the New Power Generation plan tribute concerts in Minneapolis this spring.

Two DJs and other Twin Cities musicians will celebrate Prince June 3 and 4 at the Parkway Theater in south Minneapolis. The event is called “This Thing Called Life: The Prince Tribute.”

The NPG rhythm section of drummer Michael Bland and bassist Sonny Thompson will perform along with keyboardist Tommy Barbarella. The shows also will include singer Julius Collins and guitarist Tracey Blake of Sons of the Almighty.

In a statement, Collins says the musicians are all in mourning following Prince’s death last week, but plan to celebrate his life in June.

Tickets already are sold out online, but walk-up tickets may still be available.

The shows are for 21 and older.

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