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.
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I remember hearing “2SHY” from Shura a year ago and I was thinking that this girl had potential. I tracked her new singles and when it was announced that her new album would drop on my birthday, I was ecstatic. The album became my favorite new release of this year. And being so fortunate that she came the LA last night was an equal thrill.
Shura interacts with fans on Twitter. She has a personality that makes me feel like I could be friends with her. Her passion for her music and her love for having fun made last night’s show fun. She gave a bunch of high fives during the show. She did a meet & greet after the show.
A true blessing of a person! Thank you Shura!
This was an absolute blast to watch this last night. I really enjoyed the rare clips and the stories behind the band during the touring years. Yes, it seems like it was the same as the anthology but what made it different was that for two hours, it focused solely on the band and this four-year window during their touring days.
They shared about the people they had to work with, the agony of escaping fans, the drama of being The Beatles and the desire to get out of touring when the pressure mounted.
This was an absolute gem of a movie just learning, singing and reliving all the memories of The Beatles during the height of their popularity. They enjoyed the fame but everything that came with it was so tough. I think Paul’s line was the best (paraphrasing): “We were kings but we felt like prisoners.”
It was heartbreaking in some sense but thrilling as well. Now every time I see clips, I now see it in a different perspective. They weren’t all happy. It was tough. It was obligation. It was life being The Beatles.
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My favorite rapper ever.
This is his greatest song ever.
I miss him .
Is this really happening?
When they announce that Paisley Park would be open for tours, I immediately jumped on it. I have to go. I love Prince.
But a return to Minnesota? I haven’t been there since 2010. But yes, for Prince, I must.
Oct 4-7. It has been set. I am going on opening day Oct 6 and will end the night at First Avenue. How cool is that?
The rest of the trip? Undetermined. My friend Louis is letting me crash at his place. All for you Prince!
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One of the biggest difficulties in liking an artist not from the US is that it takes some time for their stuff to be released in the states. Shura’s new album dropped on July 8 but it won’t make its way to America until three weeks later. I bought the album on UK Amazon and even though it’s a couple days until the American release, I am so happy I got it.
This album is the legit business. It’s a mix of Madonna in the 80s but an upbeat sound we haven’t heard in a while. I am so excited to have this. I will see Shura in concert in September. This is album of the year! On repeat forever!