Prince fans gather before the show. (Iris Perez/FOX 9 News)
Prince fans don tattoos in honor of the MN icon (Iris Perez/FOX 9 News)
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (KMSP) -
Prince fans came from far and wide to catch one, or even a pair of his shows at the Myth in Maplewood, and the legend himself gave viewers a chance to snag a last-minute seat.
Fans have ventured all the way from Quebec to catch Prince's show with Third Eye Girl, but what's surprising is Prince has not sold out the Saturday shows. Tickets were originally close to $300 each, but Thursday prices dropped to $99. The Myth's general manager would not comment on ticket availability by the numbers, but if you wanted to join the ol' skool company right before the show, you still had a chance.
To see Prince in Minneapolis is a dream come true.
Fans formed a line outside of Myth draped in sexy costumes, shaking androgynously marked tambourines.
Lainie Towell came all the way from Quebec to see the legend himself.
"It was two flights to get here, and let's not even get into what it took to get to the suburbs," Towell said.
Paula Welch is a Prince fan from New York. "I love him, he's the best live act I've ever seen," Welch said.
Shayna Olson has seen her fair share of Prince shows.
"I've seen him in Florida, Vegas, Chicago, I love seeing him at home, it's my favorite place to see him," she said.
Even the little feel a pull to the Minnesota icon. Thirteen-year-old Gabrielle Wiest from Roseville was ready to party like it's 1999.
"Well, I was born in 1999, so it's kind of cool," she said.
The line itself is proof the ever elusive Prince still attracts a crowd as eclectic as he is.
Even if Prince doesn't sell out both shows featuring his new band Third Eye Girl, you can still find men like Bob Poppo from Chicago.
"It's a 7-and-a-half hour drive or an hour flight; can't be any more convenient," Poppo said.
Poppo went to both shows – he wouldn't dare miss a purple beat.
"I had to experience my 49th and 50th prince shows in Minneapolis."