Prince ex­hi­bi­tion at O2

In­sight into star’s quirky life­style on and off­stage

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HE WAS a brilliant vo­cal­ist, vir­tu­oso mu­si­cian and the­atri­cal show­man.

And now Prince’s le­gion of fans are be­ing given the chance to get up close and per­sonal with the late US superstar when an ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to his life is launched this month. The show, ti­tled

My Name , opens on Oc­to­ber Is Prince 27 at the O2 Arena in Lon­don, the same venue he used for a record-break­ing, 21-night run in 2007.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will give some in­sight into Prince’s quirky life­style and ob­ses­sive at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Along­side eye-catch­ing and cus­tom-made gui­tars, his out­landish cos­tumes will be a cen­tre of at­ten­tion.

The singer, who died last year at 57 af­ter an over­dose of the painkiller fen­tanyl, was an in­no­va­tive, of­ten risqué, artist. Never tied to a sin­gle genre, he played soul, funk and rock ’n’ roll, and ex­celled at them all.

Among the hundreds of arte­facts on dis­play are clothes from 1984’s Pur­ple Rain tour, 1988’s Love­sexy show and his 2007 Lon­don res­i­dency.

With Prince there was never any short­age of bling and the more un­usual in­clude daz­zling ear-cuffs, a di­a­mond vest worn for US fash­ion mag­a­zine V and a cap with a chain veil that graced the sleeve of the 1992 sin­gle, , that

My Name Is Prince lends its ti­tle to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The out­fits will take peo­ple back to a mo­ment in time,” says Prince’s direc­tor of archives, Angie March­ese, at the late singer’s Pais­ley Park es­tate out­side Minneapolis. “He was very hands-on with his clothes… He’d ex­plain how he wanted to present him­self and his team would cut the cloth and put the gar­ments to­gether in an up­stairs room at Pais­ley Park.”

Prince Rogers Nel­son was ex­trav­a­gant off­stage, too. The ear-cuffs were worn to an NBA bas­ket­ball game. An­other much-loved ac­ces­sory was his di­a­mond-stud­ded cane.

“He was very se­cure in his sense of style. Once, as he was get­ting ready to at­tend a red- car­pet event in Los An­ge­les, he re­alised he’d left the cane at Pais­ley Park. So it was flown, first class, to the West Coast. It ar­rived as he was get­ting out of his car to walk the red car­pet.”

For fans will­ing to pay ex­tra for a VIP ticket, the ex­hi­bi­tion will of­fer a glimpse of what it was like backstage by recre­at­ing his dress­ing room.

For gui­tar geeks, a trea­sure trove awaits. Those go­ing on show in­clude a Gib­son gui­tar (the L6-S) from the Dirty Mind tour of the 1980s, the bass used for 1989’s film sound

Bat­man track and a cus­tom-built Vox model that he played live in New Or­leans and Las Ve­gas in 2013.

Pride of place goes to the orange Cloud gui­tar de­signed for him in Min­nesota. A sim­i­lar model in yel­low sold for £103 000 (R1.85 mil­lion) at a US auc­tion last year.

The Pais­ley Park es­tate, which con­tains stu­dios, liv­ing quar­ters and a con­cert hall, was opened to fans a year ago. – Daily Mail

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