Photo by Prince and the NPG.
Where does the time go? I just want to give a shout out on the 10 year anniversary to remember one of the craziest weeks I’ve ever had. When Prince’s career was seriously in the toilet, he opened up his recording studio complex, Paisley Park, up to his fan club for a week of love and music. From June 12 – June 17, 2001, Prince fans from all over the world flocked to Minneapolis, Minnesota to have the chance to hang out in the ultimate Prince mecca – Paisley Park. The rules were simple – Paisley Park would be open during the day and fans could just hang out inside the grounds. In the evenings, live music at Paisley Park would be provided by the likes of Erykah Badu, Maceo Parker, Common, Alicia Keys, The Time, George Clinton, Nikka Costa and of course, Prince! Afterwards, an all night dance party would be held in the sound stages of Paisley with Prince DJing!
On the very first day, my brother and I were first in line to enter Paisley Park (I know, some things never change), and immediately upon entering the grounds, we were taken into one of Prince’s soundstages. After we entered the soundstage, the door closed behind us and there were my brother, myself and Prince, by ourselves! Prince was just converting to the Jehovah’s Witness religion and he and I got in a heated argument about religion. He was trying to tell me that there was only one way to believe and I respectfully disagreed. I got upset that he wasn’t even listening to me and instead was just trying to tell me how “it is.” That was the first 5 minutes of my week long trip!