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Purple Reign: A Tour of Prince’s Hometown Hangouts (Photos)

Written by: Chris Epting

Prince’s recent passing left a void in the music and popular culture world at large. His singular creative vision and musical contributions over the years are unrivaled, and he’ll be missed forever.

In celebration of his life and times, here’s a look at some important locations closely tied to the Purple One…may he rest in peace.

  1. 2215 Park Avenue S., Minneapolis

Prince Hospital

Prince Rogers Nelson was born June 7, 1958, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis to Mattie Shaw and John Nelson. They had been in a jazz ensemble called the Prince Rogers Trio. Since Mattie called her husband Prince, she dubbed her son ‘Skipper’ “because he was small in size and he was just real cute — he was a darling baby.” The hospital is gone, on its site is the Philips Eye Institute.

  1. 1200 block, Russell Avenue, Minneapolis

Prince family home

This is where Prince lived with his family in the mid 1970s.

  1. 3416 Fourth Avenue South, Minneapolis – Central High School (former site)

Prince high school

This was what the students wrote before the school closed in 1982: “Prince Nelson/Roger Nelson: Singer, Musician. Graduated, 1976. While attending Central he was very active in music, taking as many of these classes as possible. He was a member of the sophomore basketball team and he showed off his talent at the many talent shows.

Prince didn’t pay much attention to his academic subjects because, he thought, he didn’t need to because he was going to be a star. He was absolutely right.”

  1. 2027 West Broadway
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The Capri Theater in Minneapolis is where Prince played his first professional solo shows in January, 1979.

  1. 110 North 5th Street, Minneapolis

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Prince’s old nightclub, Glam Slam, at 110 North 5th St. in downtown Minneapolis is now home to The Shout! House, a dueling pianos bar.

  1. 701 First Avenue North

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The famed Minneapolis club First Avenue. Not only did the Prince frequently perform here, he filmed concert sequences from Purple Rain there, as well.

  1. 2000 4th Avenue South in Minneapolis

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The Electric Fetus record store. Prince was a regular here and even he stopped by on the Saturday before he died to shop in support of Record Store Day.

  1. Roughly 57th and Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The site of MoonSound Studios. It was here, in the basement of this family home of engineer Chris Moon, where Prince learned multi-track recording and how to mix instruments.

  1. 34th Street and Snelling Avenue South in Minneapolis

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Where Prince’s character lives, in the film Purple Rain.

  1. 7823, 7847 Audubon Road in Chanhassen

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Paisley Park, the complex where Prince lived, recorded and ultimately died on April 21, 2016.

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