Prince's 1980s band hits the road for memorial tour

According to the United States figures, his bestsellers were the 2001 compilation The Very Best of Prince (668,000 copies) and his 1984 classic Purple Rain (498,000), with most of the traditional sales coming in the four weeks straight after his April 21 death.

Prince's Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota started Celebration 2017 today with exciting speakers and performers participating in the four days of activities. The events range from concert performances by Prince's former bandmates to panel discussions. "First time in America and first time here, and we didn't know what to expect". "It is up to us to continue his legacy", she said. The one-year anniversary of Prince's death from an overdose will be marked April 21, 2017. He performed a medley that included "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", "Condition of the Heart", "Diamonds and Pearls" and "The Beautiful Ones".

"Prince was a global star, but we felt his loss personally here at home", said Lt. Governor Tina Smith.

George Clinton, the 75-year-old whose popularization of funk music in the 1970s helped pave the way for Prince, opened the ticketed "Celebration" at Paisley Park. He wrapped with an emotional "Purple Rain" and earned cheers and a standing ovation from those watching him on screen.

Here's a look at how some of Prince's fans are remembering his legacy and mourning his loss.

Highlights on Saturday will include performances by Morris Day and The Time, one of Prince's Minneapolis based backup bands that performed at the 2017 Grammys in the Tribute to Prince.

"Among his songs, "Purple Rain" was his best-selling title a year ago with 621,000 downloads, followed by three titles with between 335,000-345,000 sales each: "Little Red Corvette", Let's Go Crazy" and "Kiss".

In his Minneapolis hometown, one industrious fan changed the put a symbol sticker over the sign for 6th street turning it into Prince-th street.

  • Elsie Buchanan