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Paisley Park: Prince’s Sanctuary will be a Tourist Attraction
As mentioned previously in “Purple Probate,” one of the worst-case situations would occur if the heirs were not permitted to control the destiny of Paisley Park. It was recently announced that Prince’s Paisley Park would likely be open to the public starting as soon as October 6th.
According to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, “Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on. 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.” Additionally, sources who worked at Paisley Park stated that a museum was in the works prior to Prince’s death.
Prince’s estate is partnering with Graceland Holdings LLC, which has been involved with the operation of Graceland, Presley’s home in Memphis, since 1982. Graceland Holdings, LLC is providing the initial funds for improvements and operating costs. The proposal states that 70-minute tours will cost $38.50 and $100 for the VIP tours. Each tour could accommodate up to 30 guests. The plan predicts 1,500 to 2,000 visitors on peak days. The tour is expected to take visitors to recording studios and rehearsal spaces and showcase Prince memorabilia, including his Oscar, Grammys and photos from the various years. The proposal also states that Paisley Park will be available for special recording sessions and concerts in the soundstage.
This is exciting news for Prince’s fans and recording artists around the world, but it raises the question of is this really what Prince wanted? Did Prince want his sanctuary of creativity and music to become open to the masses? We will never know what Prince envisioned for Paisley Park after his passing, but can only hope that his heirs and estate administrators are truly seeking to foster his legacy and home as Prince would have wanted.
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