Paisley Park is pleased to announce that Celebration 2018 will take place this year between April 19-22 at Prince’s iconic home and creative sanctuary, Paisley Park, and will feature four days of live music, rare concert screenings, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s tremendous talent and influence. All Celebration 2018 passes will also include a ticket to PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen which will be held on Saturday, April 21 at Target Center at 8PM. The concert will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied live on the Target Center stage by a super-group of musicians who performed alongside Prince throughout his legendary career.
The previous Celebration event at Paisley Park in 2017 was a tremendous success, welcoming fans from around the world including individuals from the UK, South Africa, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Thailand, France, Canada and the USA. The event made history in bringing to Paisley Park musicians crossing all four decades of Prince’s performing career, from The Time, The Revolution, New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL. In addition, the first day featured a surprise live performance from one of Prince’s formative musical inspirations, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Beyond live performances, the event featured thoughtful panel discussions with a broad list of close creative collaborators and friends spanning five decades in Prince’s life – from his childhood in North Minneapolis through to his stratospheric success in the 80s, his groundbreaking and chameleon-like artistic development in the 90s and 2000s, and his creative output through recent years. These special panel presentations provided a platform to share with attendees unique insights, observations and learnings gathered through a multitude of working experiences with Prince. Among the panelists were past musicians, recording engineers, graphic designers, photographers, video producers, stylists, clothing designers and production and business personnel.
The Celebration events at Paisley Park will continue to reflect the spirit of the inaugural Prince: A Celebration event, hosted by Prince and held at Paisley Park June 7-13th, 2000. This event welcomed fans from around the world into a unique Prince focused experience that showcased Paisley Park, many of Prince’s rarely seen stage outfits and instruments, alongside special events and exclusive music performances. In subsequent years, Prince hosted similar immersive fan experiences at Paisley Park, first in 2001 with Prince: A Celebration “The Rainbow Children” and in 2002 with Xenophobia. Last month’s Celebration 2017 carried on in this spirit of community and connection, welcoming Prince fans from everywhere into a truly unique and celebratory experience highlighting the life, creative works, unique achievements and enduring legacy of Prince. Paisley Park will continue building on this foundation with Celebration 2018.
Since opening as a public museum last year in the quiet idyllic suburb of Chanhassen, Minnesota, Paisley Park has welcomed a vast number of fans from around the world into Prince’s unique 65,000 square-foot creative production complex. With the event Prince: A Celebration, in 2000, Prince invited fans to tour the facility for the first time. “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on”, noted Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, upon the official opening last year. The facility that was Prince’s mythical creative sanctuary, is complete with state of the art technology capable of outputting any form of creative work Prince could envision – from music recordings, clothing production, artwork and graphic design, music videos and even full-length feature films.
Albums recorded at Paisley Park include Lovesexy, Batman, Diamonds & Pearls, The Gold Experience, The Black Album, Sign O’ The Times and Emancipation through to more recent releases such as PLECTRUMELECTRUM, ART OFFICIAL AGE and HITNRUN Phase 1 & 2. Equipped with a massive sound stage and live event space, Prince recorded many films at Paisley Park, including the feature film Graffiti Bridge and the New Year’s concert special Rave Un2 The Year 2000.
The iconic superstar would often open Paisley Park’s doors for spontaneous performance events, inviting the public into the Sound Stage or NPG Music Club rooms for marathon sets of live music. Through its storied history, many other notable musicians have spent time recording at Paisley Park, including Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion and R.E.M. In addition, artists such as Neil Young, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn utilized the Sound Stage for tour preparations and rehearsals.
Prince once said, “I like to say I live in the world, but I’m not of it”. In every way, Paisley Park was the fulfillment of his creative desire to live and work in a space free from limitation. Here he created a unique universe unto itself – one that allowed him to nurture and fully express his otherworldly gifts as a musician and performing artist. In his words, “Paisley Park is pretty much representative of everything I am musically”. Love, freedom, connection, community and spirituality are all ever-present at Paisley Park.
Fans interested in touring Paisley Park during Celebration 2018 or anytime, are invited to purchase or reserve tickets now via the official Paisley Park website. For full details, pricing information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.OfficialPaisleyPark.com.