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Prince to open Paisley Park for Saturday night concert

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The New Power Generation, a band Prince introduced in the early 1990s is back, and determined to help continue the legend's musical mission.

The NPG has a host of fresh faces belonging to 19 talented musicians who will play at Paisley Park on Saturday.

The band just wrapped up a six-day series of shows at New York City Winery in August.

"…we shut that mug down, until we saw literally the sun coming up," said Olivia Warfield.

To get the scoop on the NPG's up-coming reintroduction at Paisley Park, FOX 9 sat down to hear from four of the band members -- horn player and dancer, Adrian Crutchfield; trombone player Roy Agee; saxophone player Marcus Anderson; and singer/songwriter Olivia Warfield.

As talent, hand-picked by the Purple Yoda himself, all say they're living their dream.

"One of my favorite songs is ‘Pop Life'," gushed Anderson, recalling an experience he had during a show in Chicago. "We're playing and we're dancing -- we're rocking and I turn to Adrian, I say, ‘Man, I'm sorry, but I love this song, we're here, we made it"

"And he started crying!" laughed Crutchfield.

"I did!" admitted Anderson. "I had a moment."

Definitely expect this bunch to put the ‘fun' in funky. The band mates say anyone who decides to check out the concert this weekend shouldn't plan on leaving Paisley Park the same way they came.

"They'll feel healed," predicted Agee. "At the end of the day, that's a musician's job."

The band will most certainly perform at least one song fans know and love.

"We got hits for days," Crutchfield assured.

"This is a big deal. People are coming from literally all over the planet to hang that night, and it's going to be the party of the year!"

Gaining access to Paisley Park is a dream for many Prince fans, and the NPG is slated to play with unnamed, special guests. So, there's no sure way to tell if Prince will join in on the fun himself,

"It's always a surprise," smiled Warfield.

Either way, one thing is for certain: the New Power Generation is back with a mission in mind.

A $50 donation will serve as the ticket to get in at 9 p.m. on Oct. 5.

"We want to carry that legacy and being a collective and helping each other," explained Warfield.

As for which charity will get the money, members of the NPG tell FOX 9 News Prince has various causes he supports, and they are certain he will support at least one of them with this show.

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