Devastated Prince fans have spent the night at dance parties across America, including director Spike Lee who threw an impromptu party in New York.
Unlike many other artists, Prince’s music is not readily available on streaming services meaning fans who wanted to listen to his music as they reflected on his life had to go back to CD and vinyl for their fix of classic songs such as ‘Purple Rain’ and ‘Raspberry Beret’.
This, in turn, led to communal events such as Spike Lee’s Brooklyn street party which saw a reported 1,000 people gather on the porch of his offices. Do The Right Thing director Lee, a personal friend of Prince’s, wore a purple T-Shirt in memory of the late star.
“Life is just a party meant to last” When @officialspikelee gives you just a few hours notice on a #Princedanceparty, you throw on your house dress, kiss the kids, and run out the door (thankfully just a few short blocks). What a beautiful scene it was to dance off the tears and only smile and sing with thousands of other New Yorkers, celebrating such a magnificent and prolific legend. #fortgreene #brooklyn #RIPPrince we love you!!!!!!!
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Meanwhile, Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue hosted a free all-night party where the playlist was exclusively Prince music. Prince was born in Minneapolis in 1958 and died at his Paisley Park residence, not far from the city.
A Facebook post on the club’s page said, “Our hearts are broken. Prince was the Patron Saint of First Avenue. He grew up on this stage, and then commanded it, and he united our city. … Rest in peace and power Prince.”
Elsewhere in Minneapolis, two lanes of traffic were closed for a concert while the Interstate 35W and Lowry Avenue bridges were lit purple.
Later this week Minneapolis’ City Hall bell tower will play Prince songs on Sunday afternoon and Prince’s symbol will be projected on the Wyman Partridge Building where Prince’s Glam Slam club from the 1990’s was located.
These local, fan-based tributes go alongside heartbroken messages from famous fans including President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.