Of all the eerily lovely moments while spending time in Paisley Park on the anniversary eve of Prince's death, the most bittersweet was provided by the man himself.
As Wright notes, the Young Fables' cover of "Purple Rain" gives the band a chance to have Lunsford sing lead, and also afforded them an opportunity to show off his impressive guitar chops, the latter of which shine brightest on Prince's iconic solo near the middle of the track.
In tribute to the late artist, fans posted songs, friends shared memories and celebrities shared #RIPPrince messages, just as they had on the day of the musician's untimely overdose death on April 21, 2016.
Prince fans will mark the anniversary of his sudden death by gathering at sites made famous by the "Purple Rain" superstar. Some 2,000 fans from around the world paid $500 to $1,000 to attend the four-day Celebration, which was modeled after a similar event in 2000 when Prince opened his studio for a weeklong party.
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On April 21, 2016, the 57-year-old performer was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Minneapolis-are compound Paisley Park and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Prince left a new impression for others like Jennifer Umolac of Minneapolis. The estate of Prince quickly objected and a United States District Court judge in Minnesota granted a temporary restraining order. A relatively cheaper option - $549 general admission passes - was still available midweek. Two Prince concert films from the vaults are due for release on June 9 as well.
Prince's "Purple Rain" costume - purple jacket, white ruffled shirt and studded trousers - was put out for display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul through Sunday. Prince performed it for record executives when he first signed with Warner Bros. Several landmarks in Minneapolis will be lit up in Prince purple, including U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, and the Interstate 35W bridges over the Mississippi River.