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Mission Tour 2 — Prince

Mission Tour 2 — Prince

Minnesota loves Prince —2 banner missions and more

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
Electric word life it means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you there’s something else (Go crazy)”

— Let’s Go Crazy, Prince, The Revolution

Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and settling with roots as an adult at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN, no matter how famous he got, he always stayed true to his midwestern home and the locals loved him for it. After his passing, people were surprised to learn how much philanthropic work he did with local schools for the arts and music, though in hindsight it should not have seemed so unusual that he did this in secret, as he was always one who protected his privacy fiercely.

I like Hollywood, I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.” — Prince

If you are a Prince fan, you probably are more than aware that Minnesota and Minneapolis show up in his music quite often.

Sure as the drive around
Lake of the Isles is cool I know
Rock ‘n’ roll will never die
Like the Minnehaha flow
Sure as the land of a thousand lakes
Is sometimes made of snow”

— Rock ‘n’ roll is alive! (and it lives in Minneapolis) by Prince. The Gold Experience

Add a little purple to your scanner!

Minneapolis Remembers Prince

This banner mission starts near the portal located at First Avenue, where you’ll find Prince’s star that is painted gold on the wall and takes you around Downtown Minneapolis.

The girl on the seesaw is laughing
For love is the color
This place imparts (Paisley Park)
Admission is easy, just say you
Believe and come to this
Place in your heart
Paisley Park is in your heart”

— Paisley Park, Prince, The Revolution

The other mission referenced below can be found out in Chanhassen, MN. Chanhassen is located about 20 miles SW of Minneapolis, where you will find Prince’s former home and recording studio, Paisley Park, on the outskirts of town. To visit Chanhassen, you will need a vehicle, as public transit out to the area can be spread out quite a bit (time-wise) and even more so on the weekends. The banner mission will take you through Chanhassen and then up to Lake Minnetonka. You’ll definitely need a vehicle to do this one.

If you need or want detail on the hours of operation of the museum located at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen, they can be found here:

Paisley Park is at 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen, Minnesota:

All of My Purple Life

The full mural this mission is based on can be found at Chanhassen Cinema Mural – 570 Market St, Chanhassen, Minnesota. It’s a 40 ft tall mission painted June 2016 by New Zealand artist Graham “Mr. G.” Hoete.

Another story tall mural painted in April 2016 can be found on the side of a building in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis at 26th Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis. This was painted by Bloomington, MN based artist Rock “Cyfi” Martinez. As to be expected, this mural is also a portal.

One last Prince tidbit?

If you have a vehicle and the time to do so, you may want to check out the City of Minneapolis’ self guided tour of places the Purple Prince’s life touched and was touched. From the hospital he was born in, to the church where he married his first wife, to the house from Purple Rain, you will find a multitude of places in the Minneapolis area you didn’t even know the Purple one was connected to.

The self guided tour document can be found here (PDF)

And a handy Google map of it can be found here:

I’ll leave you with this, as we send you on your way to purple up your scanner…

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin’, could’ve sworn it was judgment day
The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from the destruction, you know I didn’t even care
Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine”

— 1999, Prince, 1999

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