Inside Paisley Park on the anniversary of Prince’s death


Of all the eerily beautiful moments while spending time in Paisley Park on the anniversary eve of Prince’s death, the most bittersweet was provided by the man himself.

>> Read more trending news

On a massive screen inside the massive soundstage Prince frequently used for performances, a clip played from a 2014 concert with 3rdeyegirl.

As he steered “Purple Rain” through its moody intervals, Prince paused to tell the crowd, “If you come to my house, you have to take care of it…at Paisley Park we sing together, we dine together, we love together.”

It was a fitting comment at that moment, with close to 1,000 fans from across the world assembled in the Paisley Park audience, all staring in the dark at video footage of the performer who died on April 21, 2016 just a few hundred feet from that screen, and exactly a week after thrilling crowds at the Fox Theatre at what became his final concerts.

While the mourning process continues for many – Matt Fink of The Revolution said earlier in the week that he still grieves for his former boss – this weekend at Paisley Park is supposed to be about rejoicing in Prince’s musical contributions and preserving his legacy.

The four-day Celebration 2017 kicked off Thursday with waves of fans who spent between $500 and $1,000 to bask in the Prince-ly aura, wander through parts of the Paisley compound (the Atrium houses Prince’s ashes – out of reach – in a “symbol”-shaped urn, guitar displays and, on the second floor, his white doves in a white cage), attend panels with members of The New Power Generation and soak in a surprise performance from George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.

>>Read more about George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic and the Paisley Park tributes at MyAJC.com


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts
Queen Elizabeth turns 92: 5 fun facts

Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 on Saturday, and after 65 years on the throne, she holds the distinction of ruling longer than any monarch in the United Kingdom’s history.  The queen actually celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday, which is April 21; and one in June when she hosts a parade -- weather permitting -- called &ldquo...
Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity
Stormy Daniels' attorney talks about 'locked and loaded' DVD, Sean Hannity

The attorney for Stormy Daniels reiterated that a DVD of evidence of the adult film actress’ affair with President Donald Trump is “locked and loaded,” Newsweek reported.  Michael Avenatti appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and in the online-only Overtime segment, the attorney was grilled...
OVI checkpoint leads to multiple arrests and citations, including for marijuana and guns
OVI checkpoint leads to multiple arrests and citations, including for marijuana and guns

Several people were arrested Friday night during an OVI checkpoint in Fairfield. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said of the 304 vehicles checked between 11 p.m. and 1:40 a.m. at the checkpoint on Ohio 4 just north of Symmes Road, 11 vehicles were diverted for further investigation by Fairfield police, Butler County Sheriff&rsquo...
Find out where Centerville will spend more than $4M to fix streets
Find out where Centerville will spend more than $4M to fix streets

Centerville will move ahead with plans to improve its infrastructure, using funding from its annual street program budget to repair more than 20 of the possible 256 total lane miles in the community. After an income tax levy passed in 2016, the city council added money to the annual street program budget, Maureen Russell Hodgson of the community resources...
Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'
Woman impaled during crash: 'I don't know how I'm alive'

A Massachusetts woman said she was happy to be alive after being impaled by a pole in an automobile accident. Katherine Ibanez, 31, was driving in Attleboro on April 3 when she said she swerved to avoid another car. "My car just spun all the way around. And then when I looked down, I had a pole stuck right here,” Ibanez said, pointing to...
More Stories