Prince Roger$ Nel$on may not believe in Christmas and birthdays, but he sure makes himself available for the almighty dollar!
How ’bout a U.S. tour, purple guy?
From The Miami Herald’s Scene in the Tropics section…
OK, so now we’ve officially seen it all. And heard it all, thanks to Jeffrey Soffer, heir to the Turnberry throne, who threw himself a 40th birthday spectacular (to the tune of $2 million, we hear) in the Turnberry Aviation hangar Saturday night at Opa-locka Executive Airport. Besides the elaborate open bars, flowing Veuve Cliquot and gourmet food, all tied together in that inimitable, over-the-top Karla Dascal way, Soffer hired Prince — the Prince, his purple highness — to perform a private concert for a few hundred of his closest friends. KC and the Sunshine Band opened. It wasn’t just a quick sampling of Prince’s greatest hits, either. It was a mind-blowing, full-blown concert (he sang Cream, Purple Rain, 1999, U Got the Look, Controversy, Let’s Go Crazy, I Feel For You, Nothing Compares 2 U and several others), featuring marvelous backup singers, dancing twins, a brass band and a legend who seemed to be in his element performing for such an intimate crowd. He also spoke to and made eye contact with fans. At one point, Prince invited dazed and dazzled audience members to join him on stage for a group dance. Spotted in the crowd with the rest of us: DJ Tracy Young; movie director Brett Ratner, who told us that he was working on his next flick — the story of Playboy titan Hugh Hefner; Ingrid Casares with A-Rod; Rony Seikaly; Jorge Perez, and Soffer family friends James Caan and George Hamilton, who joined the elder Soffer, Donald, on stage to wish Jeffrey a fab 40. (The two actors were also spotted at the opening of Michael Mina’sBourbon Steak at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club last weekend.) Meanwhile, Prince, who was staying at The Setai, was also seen with a bodyguard Friday night at Macarena, where he hung out for three hours.