In the first of what is sure to a long list of public tributes and memorials, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is hosting a memorial for groundbreaking musician Prince on May 6 at Los Angeles City Hall. The building has been lit up in purple in tribute to the star who died on April 21.
The City Hall building is the location where Prince filmed the video for his hit song “Diamonds and Pearls”.
The Mayor did not specify in what form the memorial would take – music only or speeches and music – but it is sure to be filled with purple. A list of participants in the service has yet to be released.
The Grammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star died unexpectedly in his Chanhassen, Minnesota home he called Paisley Park. Despite all the speculation and rumours, the official cause of death is yet to be determined.
Speaking on Prince after his death at the age of 57, Mayor Garcetti said in a statement, “Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create.
Memories of his work take me back to my childhood – and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon.”
photo by Sherrill Fulghm
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