Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Prince fans join 'purple family' at Paisley Park


A new EP was even set to drop this Friday to mark one year since his passing, but the family members handling his estate blocked the producer from ever letting it go public in a court ruling on Wednesday.

Prince was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, and started his career in the late 1970s.

Both are among the thousands of Prince fans are donning purple and making the pilgrimage to Paisley Park and other Prince landmarks in the Twin Cities.

The day's surprise musical guest - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton and his band Parliament-Funkadelic - helped keep spirits high with the sort of high-energy, jam-heavy performance the Purple One himself would have adored.

Today is the one-year anniversary of Prince's death.

It was a year ago Friday that Prince was found dead at Paisley Park of an accidental painkiller overdose. Some 2,000 fans from around the world paid $500 to $1,000 to attend the four-day Celebration, which was modeled after a similar event in 2000 when Prince opened his studio for a weeklong party.

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The Revolution, which backed up Prince in the 1980s, will play two shows September 2-3 at First Avenue, the downtown Minneapolis nightclub where Prince and the Revolution filmed "Purple Rain". And the Minnesota History Center is staging a special exhibit of Prince memorabilia, including his iconic "Purple Rain" suit.

Panel discussions will also feature speakers including his old bandmates, Lisa (Coleman) and Wendy (Melvoin) from Purple Rain and The Revolution along with many more.

Investigators talked to plenty of people at Paisley Park where the star's body was discovered. A relatively cheaper option - $549 general admission passes - was still available midweek.

Nigel Hart is one of a group of Prince fans from Europe.

First Avenue is hosting dance parties all weekend long, including a sold-out block party Saturday night. She wore a Prince symbol pendant and had spray-painted the symbol in black along the legs of her white trousers.

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