Prince’s Paisley Park Open To Public For Limited Time
Prince‘s Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will be open to visitors for a limited time this month.
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Paisley Park, which Prince called home from 1987 until his death earlier this year, is scheduled to hold tours on Thursday and Saturday of this week (Oct. 6 and Oct. 8), and next Friday, Oct. 14, reported CNN. The limited tours are the result of a temporary agreement with the city of Chanhassen.
Earlier this year it was reported that Paisley Park was set to become a museum with the partnership of Graceland Holdings LLC, which oversees Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis. However, the estate’s plans needed to be approved by Chanhassen. The city voted on Monday in favor of delaying the rezoning that would make the plans possible. Among the concerns behind the delay are public safety and traffic patterns.
While the museum getting up and running by October was always contingent on Chanhassen’s approval, PRN Music Corporation had put tickets up for sale back in August. Fans who booked the tour and plane tickets are now regretting it.
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“[Paisley Park Administrators] took a risk, and that’s fine,” council member Jerry McDonald told CNN affiliate, WCCO. “That’s what business does. But the only thing I’m disappointed in is that they passed that risk on to the ticket holder.”
Prince’s estate is also pushing for Paisley Park to be able to function as an occasional recording studio and as a concert venue. Music events likely would not be held at Paisley Park until March 2017, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound on the morning of April 21. An autopsy revealed that Prince died of a fentanyl overdose, and that he also had lidocaine, alprazolam and Percocet in his system at the time of his death. A week prior to his death, the “Purple Rain” singer had suffered an opioid overdose mid-flight, and was treated with overdose antidote naloxone following an emergency landing in Illinois.
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