‘Today’ Previews Prince’s Paisley Park Tours


Tomorrow, Prince’s famed Paisley Park facility which has been converted to a museum will open for public tours. In advance of Thursday’s opening of The Purple One’s estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Al Roker of NBC’s Today show was given an exclusive first look of the late performer’s impressive compound.

Tour participants will be guided to the Purple Rain room featuring the icon guitar, script and other memorabilia from the hit movie that earned Prince an Academy Award for the film’s titular song. Elsewhere inside Paisley Park, Prince’s many one-of-a-kind outfits are on display, as are instruments and awards. Prince’s handwritten notes and lyrics (including an unreleased song apparently titled “Stay Cool”) remain inside the control room for the complex’s recording studio where he was working on a jazz album that will be released in the future.

Prince unexpectedly died at age 57 in April reportedly of an accidental painkiller overdose. In addition to opening Paisley Park for tours, Prince’s family also finally revealed plans for a tribute concert. The event is scheduled for October 13 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Christina Aguilera, Tori Kelly and others. Paisley Park museum tours will be handled by Graceland Holdings, the same company running Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. Head here for more information and to purchase passes to Paisley Park.

Watch Roker’s tour of Paisley Park followed by his chat with Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson: