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Purple reigns in the nation's capital city
The first official exhibition devoted to superstar performer Prince opens at The O2 in London on October 27, 2017.
My Name Is Prince will give fans the chance to get up close and personal with the music legend's life and work. The retrospective, which will remain at The O2 until December 8, will celebrate the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson through hundreds of never before seen artefacts direct from Paisley Park, his famous private estate in Minnesota.
Exhibits include instruments, stage outfits, awards and handwritten song lyrics.
Artefacts leaving Paisley Park for the first time include:
★ Clothing from the 1984/1985 Purple Rain tour and the 1988/1989 LoveSexy tour
★ Costumes from the 1990 film Graffiti Bridge
★ The Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used when he made his national television debut on American Bandstand in 1980 and, subsequently, on the Prince and Dirty Mind tours
★ The original bass that was the inspiration for the Cloud guitar
★ The orange Cloud guitar (above) made for Prince's 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance and also used during The Earth tour in 2007
★ Third-eye sunglasses from 2014
★ Diamond studded cane from 2015
★ Clothing worn during the 2007 3121 shows and 21 nights at The O2 (below)
★ Diamond vest worn during his 2013 V magazine shoot
★ The Raspberry Beret cloud suit from 1985 (below).
The exhibition was originally scheduled to run for 21 days, reflecting the 21 record-breaking, sold-out concerts that Prince played at The O2 in August and September 2007, a record that still stands today. Huge ticket demand led to the exhibition run being extended.
His sister, Tyka Nelson (pictured above), says: ''This is the first time we've taken any items out of Paisley Park. I'm so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs and have a cry with them if need be. I know a lot of people associate Prince with the colour purple but he also liked the colour orange so the orange guitar he made for the Super Bowl half time performance has a special meaning. It's stunning when you look at it, it's beautiful.''
Born and raised in the Minneapolis area, Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. With a back catalogue of iconic songs, including 1999, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, Kiss and Sign O' the Times, Prince was a musician who transcended musical barriers and became a worldwide popular culture icon. He died in April 2016, aged 57.
Paisley Park's Director of Archives, Angie Marchese, says: "At Paisley Park, Prince constructed and inhabited a creative reality that was wholly unique, allowing him to fluidly develop music and artistic works spontaneously and without limitation. He envisioned Paisley Park as one day being opened to the public. Through this exhibition we are expanding his dream to share with a wider audience, allowing visitors to The O2 in London to experience all his greatness through the artefacts direct from his Paisley Park Archives."
My Name is Prince opens at The O2 on October 27, 2017.
Tickets: Adult £25 / Child £12 / Concession £18. All tickets are subject to a booking fee.