Celebrate the Life of Prince in his Minneapolis Hometown
Photo via Twitter/Prince3EG
Prince might be gone, but he will live on through his music, and in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the days since Prince's death, the Minnesota sites synonymous with his music have become memorials as fans have lined up outside the clubs where he once played and near his legendary home studio. Here are a few of the must see Minneapolis locations for any Prince fan.
Prince's palace was Paisley Park, a 65,000-square-foot recording studio/movie studio/event space that Prince called home. The outside of Paisley Park doesn't look like much but the chosen ones who have made inside the mysterious building say the purple-hued interiors are quirky and eclectic, exactly what you'd expect from a Rock God.
Though entry into the building is invite only, that hasn't stopped fans from leaving flowers and messages outside the gates of Paisley Park in the wake of Prince's death. Soon, those fans may be able to tour the estate as Prince's family is reportedly working on turning Paisley Park into a museum. The home and studio are filled with memorabilia from his career, which he had intended to eventually display for the public. "It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy. Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered," his brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips said. Paisley Park is located at 7801 Audubon Rd, Chanhassen.
After passing by Paisley Park, dedicated fans have to make the pilgrimage to First Avenue, the club that appeared in Prince's 1984 film “Purple Rain.” Prince often played First Avenue early in his career. His surprise appearances were legendary and a Prince show at First Avenue became the gold standard for his most dedicated followers. Over the weekend, First Avenue threw an all night dance party to the Purple One's music, and the lines went around the block, a testament to what this club still means to Prince fans. First Avenue can be found at 701 N. 1st Ave, Minneapolis.
First Ave.'s stage was perfect for “Purple Rain,” but the cramped quarters backstage wouldn't accommodate the movie's needs so those scenes were shot at The Orpheum, located at 910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. The Orpheum is still a great place to catch a performance, or take a guided tour, including the backstage area featured in the movie.
In the summer, there is one more “Purple Rain” filming location that becomes particularly popular — Cedar Lake. When Apollonia bathes in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, she's actually dipping into Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Cedar Lake offers beaches, walking trails, fishing points, and preservation activities taking place throughout the summer, giving fans plenty to do after taking a swim in the famous lake from “Purple Rain.” Few musicians have loved their home cities as much as Prince did and, after a trip to any of these special venues, it is easy to see why.
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