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So here we are in my Paisley crib

Since 1983, Prince rented warehouses throughout Minneapolis for space where to conduct tour rehearsals with his backing bands. The first was a former dog food distribution facility at number 6651 on Highway 7, St. Louis Park in the south west suburbs of the city, and was where Prince and The Revolution rehearsed for the Purple Rain Tour. Nicknamed The Warehouse, the facility was used by the cast of the Purple Rain movie to take acting classes and even received studio credit for two songs for its iconic soundtrack album. Prince then procured a larger warehouse outright for $450,000 in May 1984, at 9025 Flying Cloud Drive in the quiet reaches of Eden Prairie, Minneapolis. Here Prince completed the recording of The Revolution’s second LP Around The World In A Day throughout the summer and autumn of 1984. It was during filming Purple Rain that Prince nurtured a dream to build his own recording and film studio compound. Owing to the movie’s success, Prince harboured grander plans for the Flying Cloud Drive site and in early 1985 the warehouse was demolished to make way for construction of a larger, self-contained, complex of studios to be named Paisley Park, after the song inspired about his penchant for paisley prints. The site, however, proved too small for purpose as well as too near the prying eyes of the city. A more suitable location was found, a plot of land a short 5-minute drive from his home at Galpin Blvd, on Highway 5 in the rural suburb of Chanhassen, 22 miles from the centre of Minneapolis.

It was and perhaps remains an unusual choice for a rock star in the height of their fame to choose invest their earnings not on lifestyle indulgences but a self sufficient recording facility. Bret Thoeny, a 23-year-old starting out with the firm of BOTO Design Inc of Santa Monica California, was the lucky architect commissioned by Prince to draw up blueprints to accommodate a fully operational studio complex. Construction got underway in January 1986, building 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen – a vast 65,000sq ft recording, rehearsal space and filming facility, and suites of offices for Prince’s newly formed Paisley Park Records that shared the new building’s name. During this time, Prince continued to rent another warehouse at Washington Avenue, until April 1987 when construction of Paisley Park was complete.

Boasting two fully fitted out recording studios, plus one rehearsal studio, and a movie soundstage all to full industry spec, the complex was built by local construction firm Bossardt-Christenson. Its grey concrete exterior walls were clad in white aluminium panels to give it an unimposing presentation in the rural surroundings – bearing the property closer resemblance to a chemical plant than recording studio and home of the one of the world’s leading rock stars (the white exterior today is lit purple at night). Since November 1986, Prince had been living at a secluded 30-acre woodland estate 7141 Galpin Blvd, likewise in Chanhassen, sharing a home with fiancée Susannah Melvoin. She remained at Galpin as construction of Paisley Park progressed and while Prince spent much of 1986 in France filming Under The Cherry Moon and then in LA to record its soundtrack Parade at Sunset Sound. Gaplin Blvd remained Prince’s main home until 2001.

The grand opening of Paisley Park took place on 11 September 1987, despite that its three studios were not fully operational until 1988. Prince was so keen to start using it. The final bill for the construction ran to a total cost of $10m, fully funded by Prince himself due to his soaring commercial success in the wake of the Purple Rain soundtrack and movie. The complex comprises of two main recording studios, both built to Prince’s specifications. The largest, Studio A, is 44ft wide by 75ft long and 16ft high and encloses 1,500sq ft of space. It is formed of one large live room and two isolation booths (one walled with wood to enhance live acoustic, and the other, larger booth, lined in granite for digital sound), and a sound-locked control room which since 1993 houses a state-of-the-art SSL 8088 C+ Ultimation console in upgrade of the original 6000E-64 Total Recall board. Studio B is of a simpler arrangement and was Prince’s preferred studio of the two. Studio B is 1,000sq ft, 44ft wide by 55ft in length, and consists of a live room and one vocal isolation booth. Its sound-locked control room houses the custom Frank DeMedio console transferred from Prince’s Galpin Blvd home studio – Studio B underwent upgrade in 2005 out of the proceeds of the hugely successful Musicology Tour of 2004. Often recording solo, Prince more often than not laid down his vocals and instruments in the control room directly so that the console was at hand.

Paisley Park Studio A
Control room Studio A

The third studio, studio C, is a live rehearsal space measuring 32ft wide by 46ft in length, furnished with a floating wooden dance floor, mirrored wall and projection facilities, and even boasted a basketball hoop. It has a small adjoining control room equipped with a Midas Venice 320 soundboard (another upgrade of 2005, replacing the original Soundcraft TS-24 console transferred from the Washington Avenue warehouse studio in 1987). Studios A and C are separated by a corridor, decorated with a large Samuel Jennings mural on the studio A side. This corridor terminates at a door leading outside to the walled parking lot. A fourth studio was created in 1993 in the other side of the building, a digital audio workstation (DAW) for the production and editing of digital audio and became Studio D. Since Lovesexy, Prince would record and mix all his albums, either in full or at least in part at Paisley Park right up until his death in 2016.

So comprehensive are its facilities, the studios were made available for commercial hire until 1996, to help Prince finance the annual $6m upkeep. Its early clients included Madonna, recording Like A Prayer here in 1989, plus Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., and Paula Abdul. Prince’s living quarters was sited conveniently close and occupied much of the upper floor of the complex. A sound engineer was additionally on permanent standby to allow Prince to record at his whim day or night. The main floor does not have many windows for this reason, as well as to guarantee privacy. An elevator provided direct access between Prince’s private upper floor living area and the recording studios on the ground floor – the very elevator in which his body was discovered on the morning of 21 April 2016.

Paisley Park Studio B
Control room Studio B

Big white mansion

Visitors enter through the main lobby, where a day room is located on the right, with the reception area on the left, where begins a short main corridor lined to its right by the main stairway to the upper floor – leading to Prince’s private living area. Continuing under Steve Parke’s mural of Prince’s eyes (to watch over everyone who comes in), the main hallway, displaying framed platinum and gold discs chronologically ordered, leads to the centrepiece of the complex – the atrium (the elevator is in the corner recess of the right-hand wall of the main entrance hallway edging the atrium). Naturally lit by four large pyramid-shaped skylights, the atrium is overlooked on three sides by the second floor open walkways of the upper living area. The atrium’s floor is of white marble and inset with Prince’s large black Prince love symbol in the centre. The wall décor is the work of Paisley’s artist director Steve Parke, done in 1995 upon Prince’s engagement to Mayte, it is colourful and the upper portion is painted to resemble fluffy clouds and the sky, complete with doves, to turn the place into a more family oriented environment. Further upgrades and modifications were completed in August 1996, including converting one of the rooms into a nursery and a playground installed outside. The atrium was reputedly Prince’s favourite room in the building. The space is flanked by pillars along its left, behind which run the administration offices abutting the one exterior windowed wall. In more recent years these offices were redecorated to incorporate a theme. The office corridor starts at a small lobby sealed off with glass doors. Behind these are three good sized but nondescript offices, each with windows. Next are the four offices converted into themed rooms, each opening directly into the atrium. The first is a small cupboard-sized windowless room themed Dirty Mind. The slightly larger room next door, also windowless, is Controversy. The next two rooms are larger and windowed, themed Parade and Sign O’ The Times. The themed rooms chime with Prince’s grand vision to ultimately turn Paisley Park into a museum. The next is a double-length room known as the Knowledge Room and was Prince’s study room, its walls are lined with gold foil and is furnished by large purple chairs and a sofa, it has a glass oval meeting table and a desk, there is a small adjoining restroom. The final room along the main corridor is Studio D, where the corridor ends at the rear lobby. Prince kept his Pegasus grand piano in this lobby as well as the original painting which he featured on the cover of The Rainbow Children. The rear lobby, also giving secondary access to the soundstage, is located directly beneath the master bedroom on the upper floor, accessed from the rear staircase. The lobby leads out to the property’s parkland and an oval outbuilding known as The Egg. This particular building is unfinished and remains an empty two storey shell, its function was likely to create increased storage space and has an underground drive-in garage.

Paisley Park Studios atrium
Paisley Park atrium

Along the atrium’s furthest wall when arriving from the main entrance is the technician’s room (named Lovesexy). Next to this is a small dark room named The Black Album. The interior right-hand side of the atrium is comprised of one long room accessed by three double doors. In the left of this room is the dining facility, complete with two 1950s diner-style table booths; the kitchen is in the adjoining room behind. The right side of the dining room sits a large TV and sofa where he often watched sport. Next door is a second TV lounge with sofa, an ante-chamber giving access to Studio B. This room is called The Galaxy Room, so named because of its ultraviolet purple lighting and was where Prince relaxed with friends. The corridor to Studios A and C begins in the corner where the atrium’s near wall meets the right extremity of the dining facility.

The perfect place to play house

The upper floor is accessed by two stairways, the rear staircase and main, both leading to Prince’s private apartment. Taking the main entrance stairway and arriving on the landing, serviced also by the elevator, the upper floor begins at the dove cage. Prince’s two doves Divinity (female) and Majesty (male), both now deceased, occupied this cage that overlooks the atrium. Left of the main stairs and continuing along the open companionway clockwise and encircling the atrium, upstairs begins with conference room that occupies the corner of the building above the ground floor reception lobby. This room contains a large glass Prince love symbol frosted conference table, complete with ten chairs and sideboard. At the far end of the room sits a large semi-circular white sofa, the space lit by large exterior windows on two walls. In the room’s far left corner is a doorway giving access to a balcony overlooking the main entrance lobby, this space is over lit by a large pyramid skylight. Prince had a passion for pyramids and several were incorporated into the design of Paisley Park. Leaving the conference room and returning to the hallway, Prince’s personal office is located immediately next door, containing a desk, corner sofa and an upright piano. The next room along is his closet with free-standing shelving units and racks. Adjacent is a long room used as the dresser, accessed via double doors from the corridor. An open entrance in its far right wall leads to the master bedroom, with four-poster bed. This large room occupies the whole rear left corner of the upper floor. Its ceiling is topped by a large pyramid rainbow-coloured recess. Its walls are white. A washroom and restroom are also inside. The bedroom’s interior wall features a stencil in large black lettering that reads “Everything U think is true” quoting Prince’s five word acceptance speech at the Webby Awards on 12 June 2006. A second doorway returns to the upper floor corridor which turns right at this point to follow the far side of the atrium.

Passing first the rear stairway which leads down to the back lobby, this section of corridor begins at the lounge containing a sofa, glass table and a recess in which contains a daybed beneath a paned interior window that looks onto the atrium. A further room in the rear of the lounge is a windowless bedroom with restroom. Returning to the corridor, the next room along is the main bathroom, furnished with free-standing rolltop bath occupying the centre of the room. The final room in this corridor was the costume room, a large space spanning the full right-hand side of the upper floor, where Prince’s workforce of ten hired seamstresses produced his costumes – in later years converted into his games room. It features a large bay window that looks out into the atrium: the eating area and kitchen is directly beneath. At its left is the adjoining laundry room. A service corridor runs from the rear of the costumers’ room continues along the full extent of the building. Along this corridor’s exterior facing wall is a variety of store rooms – the wardrobe continuing behind the interior wall. Passing a staircase leading to the Studios A and C below, the corridor turns right and returns to the nearside open upper corridor of the atrium and dove cage, meeting the elevator at the main stairway landing.

The largest space in the complex is the state-of-the-art soundstage. At 120ft long by 102ft wide and 45ft high, it boasts one of the largest such studios in this part of the country and encloses 12,500sq ft of space. The roof is able to support lighting rigs weighing up to 2,000lbs. Its has wood flooring to enhance acoustics, save for a small concrete section for setting drums. For live recording this is mic’d directly to the recording studios in the other side of the building. The soundstage was the main space where Prince would construct his stage sets to conduct full-scale tour rehearsals, as well as perform concerts to up to 1,850 capacity attendance. Fans entered the building via a side-door (likewise lit with pyramid skylight) opening into a reception area containing the coat drop. This area was formed out of the converted offices of the original movie production facilities. As with the studios, the soundstage was likewise available for hire and a number of commercials as well as films have been shot here, including Drop Dead Fred (1991), even the Muppets. Other bands also staged tour rehearsals here, such as Beastie Boys, Bee Gees and Kool & The Gang. The former support office was later converted into a green room. That room sits at the top of a corridor that links the soundstage to the rear lobby. This long corridor showcases Prince’s major awards set into niches along the wall.

Before the completion of the recording studios, the soundstage was the first of Paisley Park’s facilities that become operational. Here the stage from the Sign O’ The Times tour was rebuilt for the shooting of the Sign O’ The Times movie which took place over six days from 18 to 23 July 1987, just over one month ahead of the official opening. The first public concert at Paisley Park took place here, on the same stage, on New Year’s Eve 1987. The first album Prince recorded at the studios was the second LP for his side-project Madhouse, laid-down between 30 July and 2 August of that year. Prince’s first solo album fully recorded at “the Park” was Lovesexy, over sessions that spanned from December 1987 to January 1988. Following the closure of Paisley Park Records in 1994, Paisley Park Studios became the home of Prince’s independently label NPG Records.

The second filming in the soundstage was Graffiti Bridge in 1990, a full scale movie production. Stage rehearsals for the Lovesexy and the Nude Tour also took place here, and in fact all Prince’s subsequent tours were likewise rehearsed here. Many of his music videos were also shot in the soundstage, notably the Gett Off video maxi single in 1991, which also features footage of Paisley Park’s exteriors; Sexy MF was filmed in the complex’s underground parking lot in March 1992; and The Undertaker, featuring the main entrance and studio interior was filmed on 14 June 1993. The promo for The Most Beautiful Girl In The World was filmed here on 29 January 1994, as was its accompanying TV concert special The Beautiful Experience, shot in the soundstage on 13 February. Prince’s performed his concert marking the turn of Millennium in the soundstage on 18 December 1999, which was televised on PPV that New Year’s Eve.

Two key interviews with Prince were filmed in the Paisley Park atrium. The first was with Oprah Winfrey, who was also given a guided tour by Prince of his and Mayte’s apartments, and conducted a candid interview with the couple on 21 November 1996, his first interview after the death of his new born son just weeks previous. The next was on 30 July 1998 when interviewed by Spice Girl Mel B, which Prince included in the home video Beautiful Strange. Following his marriage to his second wife, Manuela Testolini, Prince moved to her home town Toronto in late 2001, and then to LA for spells between 2004 and 2009 renting a succession of homes where he performed invite only shows and set up recording facilities. Although he continued to work on albums at Paisley Park during this time, no live shows were played at the complex during this period. Following his divorce from Testolini in 2005, Prince vacated Galpin Blvd, and Paisley Park became his main home right up until his death in 2016.

Prince staged smaller concerts in the soundstage’s adjoining live show room. What is essentially an equipment load-in and pre-staging area for the soundstage, in the mid-2000s this 3,400sq ft space was transformed into a plush 1,000-capacity nightclub named NPG Music Club, complete with stage and VIP booths. This second live room encloses a double height space, overlooked by a balcony from the second floor accessed via a metal staircase – Prince often watched down from this balcony during his legendary “After Dark” dance parties. Guest suites were available upstairs, but lesser privileged visitors were accommodated at the Chanhassen Holiday Inn Express. What became Prince’s final ever public appearance was staged at Paisley Park in the NPG Music Club in the early hours of 17 April 2016, at a party hastily arranged to scotch rumours of his state of heath – rumours which was tragically proven true only four days later. A salon is located on the top floor of an adjoining support room – a stylist was kept on payroll.

Paisley Park was opened to the public on special occasions, primarily for occasional concerts Prince performed with increasingly regularity from the mid-1990s. These shows were usually open rehearsals for larger scale events. Paisley Park was also open for public tours over three consecutive Junes in 2000, 2001 and 2002, as part of his week-long birthday Celebration events. In the months following Prince’s death, his assets were inventoried and Paisley Park was valued at $4.8m. The complex was transferred to the ownership of The Prince Estate and was again opened to the public, this time as a permanent museum from 6 October 2016 under the management of Graceland Holdings. Prince’s collection of 121 guitars and other exhibits, such his motorbikes, clothes and some 300 pairs of shoes are also on display. The operation returned to The Prince Estate on 1 October 2019, being unhappy the way the venue was run. On 30 July 2020, a 11ft memorial Prince love symbol statue was installed by the main entrance. Paisley Park remains a commercially run museum to this day. On 9 May 2023, a 7-mile stretch of Highway 5 extending through Eden Prairie and past Paisley Park Studios was renamed Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway in his honour.

Paisley Park Studios
Photography by The Prince Estate

The Vault

Keep what you make.

It had always been an open secret that Prince kept a vault which he filled with the unreleased music he stockpiled throughout the years. It became the stuff of legend. ‘The Vault’ when at a time phrased with inverted commas, was started by sound engineer Susan Rodgers who was employed by Prince between 1983 and 1987. With Prince producing so much output, she had the forethought to curate the material as a body of work and preserve it for his legacy. She set about gathering the master tapes from Prince’s various studios and catalogued and secured them away for safekeeping. It was not long before its shelves were filled and when Prince moved into Paisley Park a larger facility was installed. Prince never denied rumours he maintained a vault filled with his unreleased music, yet it was not until after his death in April 2016 could it be confirmed one actually existed. A real walk-in vault complete with full-blown bank-grade 6,000lb Mosler American Century steel vault door, occupied two rooms in the basement of Paisley Park. It is accessed by a stairway and the building’s elevator that serviced the basement, along with the ground floor central atrium and first floor living area. Paisley Park’s basement floor comprised of two rooms connected by a short hallway. The instrument store sits at one end and, to the elevator’s left, another room, in 2016 discovered filled with cardboard boxes stacked full of tapes and many of Prince’s framed awards hung on its walls. But set into the left wall of this storage space lies undoubtedly Paisley Park’s most intriguing feature, a thick steel doorway to third room – the Vault itself.

The snag was Prince was the sole person who knew its keypad combination – which it is anecdotally said he forgot, causing him to fill the anti-room in later years. And because of the nature of his sudden passing, police were required to search the premises from top to toe for evidence contributory to death. This included searching the locked vault. Although the local police department of Carver County searched the property on 11 May 2016, they were unable to access the mysterious locked vault. Returning on the 15th with expert safecracker Dave McOmie the police hired from Portland, Oregon. Paisley’s Molster, what proved to be one of the most impregnable type of safe doors ever produced, was finally opened that evening – 19:10 to be exact. Representatives of Paisley Park’s court appointed custodians, the firm Bremer Bank, were also in tow being this was the first moment anyone from the public had set foot in the vault space and worried that the police would be rooting round what housed the main commercial value of the entire estate – the horde of master tapes lying within it. The vault contained a trove of shelf after shelf, its entire 20ft by 40ft space filled floor to ceiling, of master recordings. Each tape only identified by handwritten and sometimes tantalisingly vague labelling, estimated to amass some 8,000 songs.

The entire contents of the vault was cleared by the autumn of 2017 and transferred to a high-end storage facility in LA named Iron Mountain, for safekeeping as the humid conditions of Paisley Park’s basement threatened the integrity of the fragile and ageing tape recordings. The contents of this work underwent inventorying by Michael Howe, The Prince Estate’s appointed archivist, and since 2017 are undergoing ongoing restoration for commercial release – a process that involves baking the analogue tape to reactivate the magnetic binding, to prepare it for digitisation and re-mastering. The most distressed tapes required the soonest restoration and were therefore the first released; Prince’s 1983 studio demo being first, in 2019, released as Piano & A Microphone 1983.

Paisley Park vault
Un-breached basement vault door April 2016

Concerts and key events

The full list of the 131 shows Prince staged at Paisley Park and in front of an audience is detailed below. Concerts picked up in frequency after the Glam Slam clubs closed in the mid 1990s. All Prince’s appearances were performed on the Paisley Park soundstage unless otherwise noted:

Date Description
18 to 23 July 1987 Filming of the movie Sign O’ The Times
23 July 1987 Final day of 6 days shooting the Sign O’ The Times movie, first show in front of an audience
31 December 1987 Final show of the Sign O’ The Times Tour, held in benefit of Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
7 May 1988 Short show following Glam Slam video shoot
15 September 1988 Show performed in tent outside on behalf of Warner Bros executives, ended by police due to noise
15 February to 23 March 1990 Filming of the movie Graffiti Bridge
12 January 1992 Show with guests Terence Trent D’Arby and Carmen Electra
27 January 1992 Private show after Super Bowl XXVI (Donald Trump in attendance). Live recording of Nothing Compares 2 U
17 December 1992 Show with George Clinton and Carmen Electra, filmed for TV special for ACB as The Ryde Dyvine
14 June 1993 Filming of The Undertaker
18 June 1993 Full scale show with NPG as warm-up for Act II Tour
1 July 1993 Full scale show with NPG
9 July 1993 Full scale show with NPG
11 July 1993 Full scale show with NPG
12 July 1993 Full scale benefit show on KMOJ radio with The Steeles and NPG
15 September 1993 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
16 September 1993 Private party with Lenny Kravitz
18 September 1993 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG and guest Mavis Staples
2 November 1993 Short performance with NPG
23 November 1993 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
26 November 1993 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
12 February 1994 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG filmed for the TV special The Beautiful Experience
5 March 1994 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
25 May 1994 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
11 November 1994 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
12 November 1994 Concert for the Interactive Tour, with NPG
14 January 1994 Short show with NPG as fundraiser for re-election of Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton
15 January 1994 Open rehearsal with NPG
22 January 1994 Free show with NPG
2 June 1995 Open rehearsal with NPG, staged in atrium
3 June 1995 Open rehearsal with NPG, in the atrium
18 June 1995 Full scale show with NPG
5 August 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
12 August 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
18 August 1995 Short show with NPG and TC Jammers
19 August 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
27 August 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
30 August 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
3 September 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
9 September 1995
(2 shows)
Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
17 September 1995 Short show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
18 September 1995 Short show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
20 September 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
8 October 1995 Short show with NPG following video shoots for Rock N’ Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis) and Gold
22 October 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity. Live recordings of We March, Vicki Waiting, Letitgo and Return Of The Bump Squad
24 October 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity
29 October 1995 Short show with NPG for a VH1 Love 4 One Another VH-1 TV special and live recording of The Ride and The Jam
12 November 1995 Short show with NPG
16 November 1995 Short show with NPG
9 December 1995 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Love 4 One Another Charity. Live recording of Days Of Wild
14 February 1996 Reception and party for Prince and Mayte’s wedding
23 August 1996 Invitation only DJ party with 150 guests to celebrate the refit of Paisley Park.
26 October 1996 Listening party and show with NPG to press then DJs in promotion of Emancipation
27 October 1996 Short show with NPG in promotion of Emancipation
12 November 1996 Concert with NPG in celebration of the release of Emancipation, filmed for MTV, BET and VH1 simulcast
13 November 1996 Short show with NPG following press conference
16 November 1996 Short show with NPG as warm up for Oprah Winfrey TV performance
21 November 1996 Filming of Prince and Mayte’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
28 December 1996 Two shows with NPG launching Love 4 One Another Charities Tour
7 September 1997 Short show with NPG
10 September 1997 Full scale show with NPG in benefit for Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton re-election
11 December 1997 Target Center aftershow with NPG and Larry Graham
12 December 1997 Target Center aftershow with NPG and Larry Graham
12 December 1997 Short rehearsal show with NPG and Larry Graham, Studio C
7 February 1998 Short jam with NPG and Larry Graham, Studio C as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
14 February 1998 Short jam with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
15 February 1998 Short jam with NPG and Larry Grahamas as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
21 February 1998 Short jam with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
28 February 1998 Short jam with NPG as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
7 March 1998 Short jam with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
14 March 1998 Full scale show with NPG as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
21 March 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
28 March 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
4 April 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
18 April 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham as free open rehearsal for Newpower Soul Tour
2 May 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
20 June 1998 Short show with NPG, during which The War is recorded
11 July 1998 Full scale show with NPG
18 July 1998 Full scale show with NPG
30 July 1998 Filming of Prince’s interview with Mel B.
4 November 1998 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
14 November 1998 Full scale show with NPG
17 April 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
24 April 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
8 May 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
15 May 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
22 May 1999 Full scale show with NPG
19 June 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
26 June 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
3 July 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
10 July 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
28 August 1999 Private party with Lenny Kravitz
4 September 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham warm-up for Mill City Festival
26 September 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
18 October 1999 Short show with NPG and Larry Graham, filmed for MTV
23 October 1999 Full scale show with NPG, Larry Graham, Mavis Staples and George Clinton
5 November 1999 Prince interviewed by Kurt Loder for MTV
6 November 1999 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
17 December 1999 Short show with The Time, then Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
18 December 1999 Full scale show with NPG, Larry Graham, The Time and Lenny Kravitz, filmed for PPV New Year special as Rave Un2 The Year 2000
29 December 1999 Performing Baby Knows for The Early Show, plus interview
13 April 2000 Private party with Angie Stone
29 April 2000 Short show with NPG and Larry Graham
13 May 2000 Short show with NPG and Larry Graham
20 May 2000 Short show with NPG and Larry Graham
27 May 2000 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
3 June 2000 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
8 June 2000 Guest appearance with Macy Gray for Prince: A Celebration
28 June 2000 Guest appearance with Fonky Baldheads
30 June 2000 Guest appearance with Maceo Parker
8 July 2000 Full scale show with NPG
15 July 2000 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
22 July 2000 Full scale show with NPG
29 July 2000 Full scale show with NPG
9 September 2000 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
30 September 2000 Full scale show with NPG
21 October 2000 Short show with NPG
4 November 2000 Full scale show with NPG
18 March 2001 Short show with NPG and Larry Graham to launch NPG Music Club
11 June 2001 Short open rehearsal with NPG
12 June 2001 Short show with NPG, then a later guest appearance with The Time for Prince: A Celebration
13 June 2001 Guest appearances with Maceo Parker and Erykah Badu for Prince: A Celebration
21 December 2001 Live recording of 1+1+1=3
14 June 2001 Guest appearance with Common for Prince: A Celebration
5 January 2002 Short show with NPG
12 January 2002 Short show with NPG
15 January 2002 Full scale show with NPG
2 February 2002 Full scale show with NPG and Larry Graham
21 June 2002 Full scale show with NPG for Prince: A Celebration, with Maceo Parker
23 June 2002
(2 shows)
Full scale show with NPG and Sheila E for Prince: A Celebration
24 June 2002 Full scale show with NPG for Prince: A Celebration, with Norah Jones
25 June 2002 Full scale show with NPG for Prince: A Celebration
26 June 2002 Full scale show with NPG, Musiq Soulchild and Larry Graham for Prince: A Celebration
28 June 2002 Full scale show with NPG, Rachelle Ferrell and Larry Graham for Prince: A Celebration
17 June 2004 Xcel Center aftershow for Musicology 2004ever Tour
18 June 2004 Xcel Center aftershow for Musicology 2004ever Tour
19 June 2004 Xcel Center aftershow with guest Larry Graham for Musicology 2004ever Tour
24 October 2009 Full scale show with Larry Graham for Love 4 One Another charity
2 February 2013 Short show for video extras with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room
6 July 2013 Dance party followed by full show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, streamed live
5 October 2013 Full scale show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, streamed live
6 October 2013 Small private show with 3RDEYEGIRL in Studio C
19 October 2013 Full scale show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, billed as The Breakfast Experience Pyjama Dance Party
30 March 2014 Full scale show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, as Paisley Park After Dark
6 April 2014 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, as Paisley Park After Dark
29 June 2014 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL, invitation only
26 July 2014 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, as Plectrumelectrum Listening Party
31 August 2014 Short solo show in NPG Music Club room
30 September 2014 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age release party
18 October 2014 Full scale show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room for winners of the Paisley Park Flyaway prize draw for preordering Art Official Age
16 November 2014 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room
5 April 2015 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL and Judith Hill in NPG Music Club room, as Paisley Dance Party
19 April 2015 Short show with 3RDEYEGIRL and Judith Hill in NPG Music Club room
3 May 2015 Full scale show with 3RDEYEGIRL in NPG Music Club room, billed as Dance Rally 4 Peace
9 October 2015 Full scale show with Mono Neon and Donna Grantis, party for Madonna in NPG Music Club room
15 October 2015 Party for Minnesota Lynx with Mono Neon and Donna Grantis, in NPG Music Club room
16 October 2015 Full scale show with Mono Neon and Donna Grantis, party for Judith Hill in NPG Music Club room
16 October 2015 Full scale show with Judith Hill, in NPG Music Club room
24 October 2015 Back In Time release party with Judith Hill in lead, NPG Music Club room
6 November 2015 Full scale show with Mono Neon and Donna Grantis, NPG Music Club room as Paisley Park After Dark
7 November 2015 Full scale show with Mono Neon and Donna Grantis, in NPG Music Club room as Paisley Park After Dark
21 January 2016
(2 shows)
Full scale solo launch shows for Piano & A Microphone tour Gala Event
23 January 2016 DJ set by Prince in NPG Music Club room
17 April 2016 Two-song piano solo as Dance Party staged in the NPG Music Club room to scotch rumours of ill health. Prince’s final public appearance
NPG Music Club room

Albums recorded at Paisley Park Studios

16 (1987)

16

November 1987

Lovesexy (1988)

Lovesexy

May 1988

Time Waits For No One (1989)
Batman (1989)

Batman

June 1989

Pandemonium (1990)

Pandemonium

July 1990

Graffiti Bridge (1990)

Graffiti Bridge

August 1990

Times Squared (1991)

Times Squared

February 1991

True Confessions (1991)

True Confessions

May 1991

May 19, 1992 (1991)

May 19, 1992

September 1991

Diamonds And Pearls (1991)

Diamonds And Pearls

October 1991

Love Symbol Album (1992)

Love Symbol Album

October 1992

Carmen Electra (1993)

Carmen Electra

February 1993

The Voice (1993)

The Voice

August 1993

GoldNigga (1993)

GoldNigga

August 1993

Come (1994)

Come

August 1994

Exodus (1995)

Exodus

March 1995

The Gold Experience (1995)

The Gold Experience

September 1995

Child Of The Sun (1995)

Child Of The Sun

November 1995

Chaos And Disorder (1996)

Chaos And Disorder

July 1996

Emancipation (1996)

Emancipation

November 1996

Kamasutura (1997)

Kamasutura

February 1997

Cryatal Ball (1998)

Cryatal Ball

January 1998

The Truth (1998)

The Truth

January 1998

Newpower Soul (1998)

Newpower Soul

June 1998

Come 2 My House (1998)

Come 2 My House

July 1998

GCS 2000 (1998)

GCS 2000

July 1998

The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale (1999)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic  (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic  (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)

The Rainbow Children

November 2001

One Nite Alone... (2002)
Xpectation (2003)

Xpectation

January 2003

N.E.W.S (2003)

N.E.W.S

July 2003

Musicology (2004)

Musicology

March 2004

The Chocolate Invasion (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (2004)

The Slaughterhouse

March 2004

3121 (2006)

3121

March 2006

Planet Earth (2007)

Planet Earth

July 2007

Elixer (2009)

Elixer

March 2009

LotusFlow3r (2009)

LotusFlow3r

March 2009

Welcome 2 America (2010)

Welcome 2 America

March 2010

20TEN (2010)

20TEN

July 2010

Superconductor (2012)

Superconductor

November 2012

Art Official Age (2014)

Art Official Age

September 2014

PlectrumElectrum (2014)

PlectrumElectrum

September 2014

Back In Time (2015)

Back In Time

March 2015

HITNRUN Phase 1 (2015)

HITNRUN Phase 1

September 2015

HITNRUN Phase 2 (2015)

HITNRUN Phase 2

December 2015

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