First Avenue is really famous.
The infamous words from Apollonia in Purple Rain still ring true. And after last night’s epic tribute to Prince by his former band,The Revolution, the venue has further solidified itself in the history books.
The Revolution had previously announced plans to play a run of shows at the famous venue, which holds special significance to Prince, as it was featured heavily in the iconic 1984 film, Purple Rain.
The band ran through their hits with Prince, including “Raspberry Beret,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Computer Blue.” They were joined on stage by Bilal for a rendition of the “The Beautiful Ones,” which he performed back in June during Prince’s tribute performance at the BET Awards. Bilal, who has shared his personal experiences with Prince, also performed several more songs with the band, including “Baby” and “Kiss.”
In other Prince news, it was recently announced that Paisley Park will become a museum, and will open for public tours in October. The same company that runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland will manage it. Millions of devoted Prince fans will get to tour the 65,000-square-foot complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
“Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on,” Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, said in a statement. “Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince’s world for the first time as we open the doors to this incredible place.”
Meanwhile, the tribute performances continue. The Revolution will also play First Avenue this Friday and Saturday, September 2-3.
Watch clips from the performance below.