Prince’s house to be­come mu­seum

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

LATE pop icon Prince’s Pais­ley Park stu­dio com­pound in Min­nesota will be­come open to the pub­lic to­mor­row, after gain­ing fi­nal ap­proval as a mu­seum.

The Pur­ple Rain star’s com­plex was sched­uled to open ear­lier this month, but that was de­layed after city of­fi­cials asked the site’s op­er­a­tor to bet­ter plan for an in­flux of vis­i­tors.

Of­fi­cials granted fi­nal ap­proval on Oc­to­ber 24, and Pais­ley Park’s op­er­a­tor said tour tick­ets will be avail­able for pur­chase on­line through De­cem­ber 2016, with 2017 tour dates ex­pected to go on sale in mid-Novem­ber.

The 55,000-square-foot (5,100-square-me­ter) stu­dio com­plex is lo­cated in the Min­neapo­lis sub­urb of Chan­has­sen. It has a near-myth­i­cal sta­tus among fans, who had only lim­ited ac­cess to parts of it dur­ing the pop leg­end’s life.

A lucky few hun­dred were said to have toured it.

As a com­pro­mise for fans who had al­ready pur­chased tour tick­ets for the com­plex’s orig­i­nal un­veil­ing in early Oc­to­ber, of­fi­cials al­lowed a lim­ited num­ber of tours over three days ear­lier this month.

Fans who got inside saw mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing con­cert wardrobe, awards, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, art­work, music and video record­ings, and mo­tor­cy­cles. Rooms were themed ac­cord­ing to Prince’s al­bums, like Graf­fiti Bridge or Pur­ple Rain.

Prince’s work­ing stu­dio was left un­touched since the singer’s death on April 21 from an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose of painkillers, at the age of 57.

A long-planned memo­rial con­cert took place ear­lier this month. Some 20,000 fans and mu­si­cians gath­ered in Min­nesota’s cap­i­tal Saint Paul for the nearly five-hour trib­ute, which in­cluded a sur­prise video mes­sage from Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

“Thank you, Prince, for all the great works you have done. You will be in our hearts for­ever,” said Obama.

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