Exactly one year ago (April 21, 2016), CNN broke the devastating news that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. We later learned that an accidental overdose of prescription drugs took his life much too early at the age of 57. That entire weekend was marked by sadness and celebration of one of the most beloved entertainers of our generation. To mark the one year anniversary of Prince’s death, Minneapolis plans to paint the town purple in his honor. U.S. Bank Stadium, the Lowry Avenue Bridges, the IDS Center, and Target Field will all glow with special purple lights this weekend. All of Prince’s closest musical peers will be performing at various venues including Paisley Park (The Revolution, Morris Day & The Time, New Power Generation), Golden Valley (Dez Dickerson, Apollonia, Andre Cymone), and First Avenue will be holding a Prince-dedicated street party in his honor. Prince’s purple jacket, studded pants, and ruffled shirt from “Purple Rain” will be displayed at the Minnesota History Center for this special weekend to remember the legacy of Prince.
A new EP of Prince music titled “Deliverance” was dropped this week and quickly pulled from iTunes after a battle with his estate. The inspirational title track was recorded in 2006. Check out the spiritual-themed lyrics that accompanied the powerful funk, guitar-driven Gospel anthem:
This is not religion, but common sense
It’s time for you to get down, get down
Get off the fence
No son shall die, no mother shall cry
All in favor, say “aye” (Aye)
Because time’s so hard to deal with
Deliverance is at hand, at hand, at hand
In light of recent world events and the anniversary of Prince’s death, the release of the new uplifting single would be perfect timing. We may still see the release at a future date. The other tracks on the album are “I Am”, “Touch Me”, “Sunrise Sunset”, “No One Else” and “I Am (Extended Version)”. BET television has dedicated the entire day of programming to feature Prince’s music, movies, and career on the 21st.
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