Paisley Park Giving Prince Fans a VIP Experience

April 21, 2017 06:55 AM

As fans from all over the world descend on the Twin Cities to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince's death, one spot likely to be visited by many is Paisley Park.

And the Minnesota music icon's former home and recording studio in Chanhassen, now a museum, is marking the date by kicking off Celebration 2017.


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"Celebration 2017 is really just what the name suggests, it's a celebration of Prince's life and legacy" said Mitch Maguire, the spokesperson for Paisley Park. "And the way in which we're doing that is by having folks from all over the world come and be a part of it."

Some fans have paid nearly $1,000 for a weekend of concerts and VIP access that offers the chance to learn more about the music superstar.

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"Certainly, we've got folks coming here from the United States," Maguire said. "But what's really heartening are the numbers of people coming in from around the world. Germany, Austria, Japan, Thailand, Australia, North Africa. And that speaks to how important Prince was and what he was able to accomplish worldwide." 

Maguire said Celebration 2017 weekend is about recreating what Prince often did; inviting people into his home.

"Because in so many ways what we're doing with this event this year is really a reflection and a continuation of those earlier events Prince would host going all the way back to 2000," he said.

The NPG Music Club at Paisley Park will host live music and panel discussions.

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"So our guests (who) are going to be here as part of Celebration 2017 are really going to get an interesting sort of look into not only (what) Prince was like as a person, but what made him tick creatively" Maguire said.

The groups performing are all bands Prince played with over the past 40 years.

"It means we're going to have Morris Day and The Time here," Maguire said. "It means we're going to have The Revolution, as well as New Power Generation.  And one of the more recent groups that Prince played with, a group called 3rdEyeGirl."

Prince's family has provided feedback to the museum about what's happening. 

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"You know his family has been very supportive in terms of what's happening now at Paisley Park," Maguire said. "Because as it stands now, Paisley Park really is a tribute to his legacy going forward."

Celebration 2017 runs through Sunday at Paisley Park.  And starting the week of May 15th, the museum will be open for tours six days a week.


Kevin Doran

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