Prince leaves lasting memories in Minneapolis
Confirmed by his publicist shortly after 12:00PM on Thursday, April 21, 2016, Minnesota’s most well known musician, Prince, has died at the age of 57. The outpouring of sorrow on social media across the globe, and especially in Minnesota, shows how much the legendary musical artist touched the world.
Every music fan in the Twin Cities area seems to have a special Prince memory. Whether it was opening his studio up at Paisley Park for intimate concerts, or seeing him pop up randomly at a show to jam out for a song, Prince left lasting musical memories on the area.
For me, it was seeing him on 7/7/07 at First Avenue — the very concert venue that he made famous in the 1984 movie Purple Rain. The energy on that night was unbelievably electric. After waiting in line in the mid-summer heat for seven hours to get a wristband, we arrived back at the venue at 10PM. While waiting this time for the doors to open, a large van with a trailer pulled up near First Avenue’s garage and plush purple sofas were hauled in one by one. We finally got inside and waited longer and the venue was overflowing with fans decked out in suits and sparkly dresses.
It was near 1AM when Prince took the stage and we all lost our minds. He stated right away that he was going to play all night and we believed him. Unfortunately that didn’t happen because Minneapolis police shut down the concert a little over an hour later due to city curfew. Although it didn’t last long, I will forever remember Prince at First Avenue as the best show I have ever seen. I’ve never felt such positive energy at a concert. It was also the last time Prince played at First Avenue. His presence at First Avenue and in Minneapolis has always been felt, but now I think it will somehow be felt even more. Prince Rogers Nelson, thank you for the music and thank you for the memories.