As you may have heard, Prince is playing five NYC shows in December, as part of his Welcome 2 America tour, also featuring the likes of Maceo Parker, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Sinbad (!!), Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., Graham Central Station, and still-extant SOTC obsession Janelle Monáe. Both his Madison Square Garden shows, on the logical dates of Dec. 18 and 29, are sold out. Your only choice now is to schlep it out to New Jersey — he’s at the Izod Center December 14, 15, and 17. Prince live is the ultimate crapshoot, a minefield of bullshit medleys, “jazzy” “remakes,” and general chaos, but Prince he remains, and you don’t want to not be in the building when he launches into, say, “Kiss.” Just trust me. His Apollo-hosted tour announcement is below; consider this your early Christmas present to yourself.