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Darling Nisi Report : Celebration 2017 Day 1

Registration

We picked up our registration info from The Hilton in Bloomington. It’s a host hotel so they had P music piping in the lobby. It looked like they also had shuttles running to Paisley for the two tracks they have going as well, pretty handy! My group opted for an AirBnb setup nearby instead. For parking, we were given a pass to use the lot at the SW Transit Center in Chanhassen. From there, we were shuttled over to Paisley and returned to the lot after the day's activities.

Intro/Concert Footage

First, everyone started together in a sectioned off part of the soundstage. There was a big screen with the Celebration 2017 art and a large Prince symbol in the back left corner lit up with progressive lights. It was like he was watching over the whole thing!

We were welcomed by Damaris and encouraged to be fully present during the weekend. She mentioned it’s “up to us to continue his legacy.” And noted “if you are a fan of Prince, You are a part of his legacy.”

They then showed 45 minutes of the May 25, 2014 show at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. EXCELLENT quality!

Songs included :
Something in the Water Does Not Compute
Pretzelbodylogic/Sailor’s Hornpipe/Stratus
What’s My Name/Sacrifice of Victor (he crip walked during this part we fell out)
Piano Segment (How Come U Don’t Call Me, Condition of the Heart, Diamonds & Pearls)
Purple Rain (You may have seen the clip of this where he invites people to Paisley)

Break

30 minute break in the food tent. They showed music videos while people enjoyed snacks or had their meal plan meals. Tyka was among us being normal. We didn’t attempt speak this time since we met her at the tribute last year, but somehow got some alone time with her and her husband while they waited for food. Still super nice!

Good idea to have music during that break since a lot of us were singing along as we moved along to the next session.

NPG 1989 - 2000

Panel discussion with Morris Hayes, Levi Seacer, Tony M and Damon Dixon. They shared their origin stories.

Morris - In the house band for the Glam Slam, later in Carmen Electra’s Band. Opened for P during the D&P tour. Had a passive interest in being in P’s band but not totally enthused due to hours, pay, etc. When the tour was over, he went to thank Prince for having him on and P said “your work here is not done.” (lol) Kept hearing from others that he’d been added to P’s band, but never had official word about it. He was like “whaaat?” At a club in a “mandatory fun” type appearance…told by Gilbert (P’s security guy) that he should go speak to P and to be excited because he’d basically already told Prince that Morris accepted the invitation to be in the band, though he hadn’t yet. Went to speak to Prince…

Prince : “What’s up grandson? Need some work? Need a job?”

Morris was excited at first about the opportunity, then like…oh boy…i’m in Prince’s band now…with a dread/nervous/excitement.

Levi - Was in Sheila’s band playing guitar. Recruited to join P’s as a bassist. Funny story of P yelling out “If it ain’t from Minneapolis, it ain’t nothing” during a concert…while half the band was from the bay area (Sheila, Miko, Levi, Bonnie).

Tony M/Damon Dixon - Wranglers during the filming of Purple Rain (in charge of getting the extras where they needed to be). They were hanging out dancing in the bathroom with their boombox when P walked in. P watched for a while then left. One of P’s people gave them a tape with 7 songs on it and instructions to make up dances to them all by 5am the next morning. They worked on the dances all night in Tony M’s mom’s apartment.

On Tony M’s raps 
He was very aware that people did not like his rapping..even at the time.

On Goldnigga saving a lot of the NPG
“I was in a wheelchair with a tailpipe on it and Prince pulled me out…he saved me” Note : Morris is a CHARACTER OKAY?! LOOOOOL

On the band playing other people’s songs, but P not allowing other people to do his
Morris questioned P about this while practicing a cover. P’s response “because this is what they MEANT to do…”

On the Creation of Diamonds and Pearls’ Lead Single
After a promo concert at WB, the President of WB called Levi and said the album didn’t have a single yet…and wanted Levi to tell Prince this. Levi was like “why me?!” They felt he could deliver the message better. Levi let P know and he was upset…but worked on a song in the meantime. 5 hours later…P called Levi into the studio at 5 am…hit play…and played Cream. After it was over P asked him, “Do you think they’ll like it?”

Prince’s Guitars

With guitar tech Takuemi and Dave Rusen creator of the Cloud Guitar

- The Cloud Guitar from Purple Rain was made from scratch in 3 weeks.
- Prince never broke a string on a guitar, at least while Takuemi was with him
- Takuemi caught the guitar at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, handed it to Oprah, and walked off. As instructed by Prince

Special Guest Concert

Front row for George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic!

I will say…it was FUNKY!

I will also say….Ghost Prince would have made a FORTUNE for the swear jar….

Wow…

And so concludes day 1!

Day 2 : The Anniversary and The Revolution

The Prince Podcast – Mayte Book Review, Listener Phone Calls

We open up the phone lines and get you the listeners to weigh in on Mayte's book. Also Universal may try to cancel its deal with the Prince Estate.
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The Prince Podcast – KIM BERRY INTERVIEW

Kim Berry shares the lessons and blessings she learned as Prince's hairstylist for over 25 years. #Masterclass

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The Prince Podcast: The Purple Underground

Interview with the hosts of The Purple Underground, Perry Ross and Micah Simpson. The Purple Underground is a long-running Prince related Youtube channel featuring reviews and unboxings.

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The Prince Podcast: Mayte People Magazine Article

We joined by Dave Buchansky close friend of Mayte to discus the recent People magazine article, featuring excerpts from the upcoming book The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince. We talk about some of the split opinions some fans have about the book.

Intro: Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective
Outro: Natalie Williams - Love 2 the 9's

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The Prince Podcast – Alex Hahn Interview

Alex Hahn author of 'Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince' is back with a new Prince book, 'The Rise of Prince: 1958-1988'. We talk about the controversy of the 1st book and how the new book has a celebratory tone. Alex also shares some interesting tidbits about Princes ancestry.

You can purchase the book from Amazon here: The Rise of Prince 1958-1988

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The Prince Podcast – ERIC LEEDS INTERVIEW PART 1

Eric Leeds keeps it 100! Class is in session!

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The Prince Podcast – Susan Rogers Interview

On this episode, we are joined by Professor Susan Rogers! This is a Masterclass Prince Interview. Course prerequisites: A love for purple music.

Topics discussed:

The Morris Day persona, Jesse Johnson, Studio setups, The Dream Factory, Adonis and Bathsheba, Michael Jackson, Wally and much more!

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The Prince Podcast – NorthSide 4 Life – Kevin Fleming INTERVIEW

On this episode, we talk with Kevin Fleming. Coming straight outta Northside of Minneapolis, Kevin shares his experiences of going to school with an early Prince, living next door to Andre Cymone, becoming vice president of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis's record label Perspective Records.

Kevin Fleming’s entertainment business experience is vast and varied. It includes radio, records, management, and publishing. In radio, Kevin’s experience includes operation management, program management, air personality and consultant. In the recording industry, his expertise encompasses promotions, artist & repertoire, as well as positions including vice president and general manager. Additionally, he has managed operations, signed and developed talent, and created marketing and promotion campaigns. Currently, Kevin is the owner and publisher of The Urban Buzz.

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Purple Rain Minute 1 – Ladies and Gentlemen

The Purple Rain Minute Podcast is coming back! The podcast where we watch Prince's landmark movie 'Purple Rain' one minute at a time, then discuss that minute.

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The Prince Podcast – Girard College Lower School Band

Interview with Paul Eaton the Musical Educator, behind the viral video of the Girard College Lower School Band, performing Prince's Let's Work. Check out this great inspirational story about kids learning to play real instruments and how Prince's music is helping kids learn life lessons. The next New Power Generation.

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The Prince Podcast – Listener Spotlight – Pej

Long time Prince fan Pej, shares his story of discovering Prince, a tour of Paisley Park, Review of the Jesse Johnson /  Sonny T / Michael Bland Jimi Hendrix tribute and his experience going to Prince's LA 3121 house.

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THE PRINCE PODCAST – Interview with Scott McCullough

Scott McCullough award-winning director/DP/editor shares his story of working with Prince. Scott takes us on a journey from being an extra in the Sign O The Times movie, casting the Graffiti Bridge movie and shooting and directing music videos for Prince. Yes, we had to ask about the Gangsta Glam video shoot. That damn Mankini!

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