Governor proclaims Friday "Prince Day" in Minnesota
Governor proclaims Friday "Prince Day" in Minnesota
22 Abril, 2017, 13:03
Rhonda Soso travelled from Compton, California, to shoot photos on a sunny Friday morning of the recording-complex-turned-museum in suburban Minneapolis where Prince lived and died. However, Prince fans have been snapping up his other released works over the year to the extent that Prince has been the biggest selling musical artist of 2016.
Bassist BrownMark, left, answers a question as the original members of Prince's 1980's band, The Revolution, from second left, guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboarders Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman and drummer Bobby Z, look on during an interview, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Minneapolis.
First Avenue, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub featured in Prince's hit 1984 movie "Purple Rain", is hosting dance parties Friday and Saturday night.
In 2017 so far, Prince's music is still outperforming at radio: his songs have accumulated almost 141,000 spins as of April 13, 2017, almost double the number over the corresponding period in 2016.
Autopsy results released in June show Prince died of a fentanyl overdose.
Prince'sPaisley Park estate - once mythically hermetic but opened since his death to paid tours - was the center of festivities with plans for concerts, panel talks and a dance party to the infectious funk of the "Purple Rain" star.
This is the event that all Prince fans wanted to be at and despite the high ticket cost of the event - $999 - tickets for VIP passes have already sold out.
Both longtime Prince fans, the Young Fables' Laurel Wright and Wes Lunsford have always been working on their own version of "Purple Rain", due mostly to Lunsford's obsession with one of the music world's finest guitarists. There were still some general admission passes available mid-week for only $549.
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"I needed to come here", said Adams, 50. The proclamation comes in conjunction with memorial celebrations taking place at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
As part of the commemoration, the Interstate 35W Bridge that crosses the MS in downtown Minneapolis will be lit purple on Thursday and Friday.
"We have the ability now to give people a glimpse of what we experienced with him", BrownMark said. "First time in America and first time here, and we didn't know what to expect".
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