Tuesday morning I went to the airport at LAX and flew right into Minnesota. I am staying with my friend Louis but before going to his house, I get my rental car and hang out at Mall of America for a few hours. I had my first ever Shake Shack, bought two gifts for my girl and even a poster print of Paisley Park. It was a simple but great way for me to relax into Minnesota.
The next day, Emliy picked me up from the house and we had a ball of an adventure. We went to her work in St. Paul and toured the Saints’ park. I did BP there, stole a couple balls and did a quick photo opp in the clubhouse. She got a Prince-themed Saints shirt! It was awesome! We stopped by the Kid’s House, drove by Paisley Park, took a photo of the Prince mural, purified ourselves at Lake Minnetonka, the music mural in MPLS and took a quick stroll by First Avenue. Then after all that, we went to this bar/arcade place called Up Down and I had a blast playing Blitz. I love that game. The mac & cheese pizza was legit and I was loving all of it! What a fun day!
The following day, I went straight to Matt’s Bar to eat a Jucy Lucy again! Delicious! Then off to the Chanhassen dinner theater to take the shuttle to Paisley Park. Everybody was nice. I met two ladies from Vallejo (who called me El Sobrante — we’d hug later as I left). Walking into Paisley Park, the walls were painted with clouds like the sky. A keyboard image wrapped around the wall. The walls were decorated with plaques celebrating Prince’s achievements. In the lobby was a tile with his logo, his urn in the middle. It was weird standing next to Prince like this. Rooms dedicated to his great albums, his office. As part of the VIP tour we got to check out both his studios, listen to an unreleased track, experience three rooms dedicated to his movies. In the Purple Rain room, it had the bike, the jacket, script, piano and Oscar. I got emotional there as the movie played on loop. Inside they also had us take pictures (only ones allowed) of a piano and a guitar. I also played ping pong on his table.
They had a sound stage with props from old tours and I watched some videos there. They had a lounge area and it was really cool and calm. Some guides looked like amateurs but still, there was not enough security that prevented me from going back and forth looking at this. Finally at the end, they had his Super Bowl performance on loop. In the same room, they had a piece of the fence with fans’ memorial items after he died. That’s where my eyes watered out of control. I then proceeded to the tent, bought a couple shirts and the program and headed my way to drop off stuff to Emily.
Then I was back to MPLS, eating at The Depot right next to First Avenue before attending the show. Shaed was cool. Verite was aight. Marian Hill was dope. This entire place was magical. I even met this British lady who was celebrating her birthday with friends. So nice. So wonderful!
Back to Louis’ place to pack and went straight to the airport. Now I am typing at work.
I can detail more but you should just ask me.