Are you going to Downtown Los Angeles this weekend to take in a game at Staples Center, a play at the Music Center or perhaps for dinner at one of the many new trendy restaurants? If so be prepared to see a brilliant purple haze covering the AEG Facilities-managed Los Angeles Convention Center. The West and South Hall Towers will be shrouded in purple light to honor legendary performer Prince who passed away Thursday, April 21—just one of many vigils set up around the world for the late music icon.
The L.A. LIVE campus is also a sight to behold with a hue of purple emanating from STAPLES Center which was turned on last night as the LA Kings played the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Prince made several appearances in Downtown Los Angeles where he accepted numerous GRAMMY Awards, performed concerts on May 26 & 28, June 3 & 5, 2004 at STAPLES Center and made a special appearance at the Los Angeles Convention Center to present Barbra Streisand with the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Award. He also played three different L.A. Venues on the night of March 28, 2009 that began at the Nokia Theatre (now Microsoft Theater) and moved to the Conga Room, finishing at Club Nokia (now The Novo presented by Microsoft). The purple tribute will rain over the city through Sunday, April 24.
While it’s visible all over Downtown the best vantage point is at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street.
Prince Rogers Nelson, passed away suddenly his Paisley Park residence at the age of 57. An autopsy ha been performed that so far indicates his death was not a suicide or from foul play but it will take weeks fora final coroner’s decision. His untimely death has shocked the entire world. Many fans and celebrities continue to posy regrets and memorials on social networks. According to AOL, Prince had been hospitalized with a severe bout of the flu on April 15 after his private jet made an emergency landing in Illinois — but the “Kiss” singer assured fans he was okay, performing the next day. AOL also reported that Prince’s career got off the ground in 1978 with his debut album “For You.” There were 38 more studio albums that followed that spanned more than four decades. Fans will remember him for his multi-instrumental talents and songs as “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” He released a two-part album “HITnRUN Phase One” and “HITnRUN Phase Two” just last year on Tidal. Other iconic works, like “Purple Rain,” “Musicology” and “Parade,” contributed to his seven Grammy Awards.