Prince celebrations underway at Paisley Park, First Avenue

Posted April 23, 2017

All of his greatest hits were streamed 17 million times in just one week on the various streaming sites - "Purple Rain" alone reached more than 1 million hits.

Quite honestly, "Party [ing] like it's 1999" is mandatory when thinking of his legacy and over the course of four days (festivities kicked off on the 20th), his life and contributions will be honored at Paisley Park, Prince's historic recording sanctuary, which now serves as a museum.

"I was there at Paisley Park and we did a show", he recalls.

Thursday's musical guest was left unannounced, and Clinton turned out to be a fine addition to the rest of the Celebration lineup, which includes the Revolution on Friday, Morris Day and the Time on Saturday and New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl on Sunday.

"I never met him".

"He was just one of us and that makes him human", said Joyce Elings who is from Holland, along with her friend Femke Miehof.

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"I wasn't part of the "Purple Family" but since his passing, I have really come to appreciate and understand the impact he had on the city I grew up in and the city love", Umolac said.

The shows will feature Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z, with special guests Dez Dickerson and Andre Cymone, who were Prince's sidemen early in his career. April 21st is his birthday. He says Prince fans were somewhat complicit in his addiction, which was likely a result of the chronic pain he suffered after years of performing.

Additionally, Prince beat out Adele in 2016 for selling more albums than any other artist with 2.23 million copies sold.

Several landmarks in Minneapolis will be lit up in Prince purple, including U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, the IDS Center, and the Interstate 35W and Lowry Avenue bridges over the Mississippi River. I also spent a lot of time at First Ave.in Minneapolis, the club where multiple scenes from his movie Purple Rain were filmed.

Prince was found dead at Paisley Park of an accidental painkiller overdose on April 21, 2016.