Burnsville Man Honors Star with Gig as Prince Proxy

April 19, 2018 07:57 PM

On the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, many found ways to honor the rock star's life.

One Burnsville man, in particular, did so in a unique way.


Sean Nisbet knows all there is about rock ‘n’ roll.

"I'll ask him who sings it and he'll know," said Donna Impola, Sean's mother.

But he doesn't just listen to the genre. Sean wears it while impersonating famous rock ‘n’ roll musicians.

"He loves his job, this is his dream job," Impola said.

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Impola said the 20-year-old has high-functioning autism and earned this job at the Mall of America.

"A lot of kids with autism, they'll hone in on one item that they really like, and my son, his is 80's rock and roll," Impola said.

Since October, Nisbet has used his expertise in music -- and a little fashion sense -- to greet people at the Hard Rock Cafe every Friday.

"I kind of created the job myself," Nisbet said.

On Friday, who else to honor but Prince himself?

"You know he was one of Minnesota's greatest icons," Nisbet said.

Nisbet tends to draw his own crowd at the mall.

"They see me and they have a lot of pictures with me," Nisbet said.

Added Impola: "They love to see what he's going to dress as every Friday."

The rock legend may be gone, but Prince left his mark on so many.

"He also kind of inspired me to be a musician," Nisbet said.

The purple is definitely a crowd favorite outside the Hard Rock Cafe, but Nisbet realizes he may need a bigger closet.

"I don't know how long I'm going to be doing this, until I'm 50 maybe," Nisbet said.

Nisbet and his mother say they hope to stop by Paisley Park soon to honor Prince.


Brett Hoffland

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