Prince cremated in private ceremony
On Saturday, a spokeswoman for the music icon said “A few hours ago, Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye,”
“Prince’s remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private.”
But she added: “An announcement will be made at a future date for a musical celebration.”
Prince, in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone that was only published after his death, not only confirmed a rumoured vault of music at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, but said he had several of them.
“I’ve never said this before, but I didn’t always give the record companies the best song. There are songs in the vault that no one’s ever heard,” he said.
Prince said he kept a “ton of stuff” in the vaults, including full unreleased albums, among them two made with The Revolution, his funky and diverse band with which he made the classic Purple Rain.
As with so much about Prince, his rationale kept people guessing.
But he hinted that he wanted to create a historical record, with future releases bringing together the best tracks — both smash hits and obscurities — from periods of his career.
Prince’s sister could inherit his estate
Tyka Nelson could be awarded with an estimated $800 million under Minnesota state law if the legendary singer – who had no children or wives – failed to state in a legal document where he wants his money to go as she’s his closest living relative.
Prince fans at Paisley Park given memorabilia by his family
The round purple hat boxes contained different mixes of new and vintage memorabilia, from tour t-shirts to tour booklets, so that each fan got their own personal present and nobody got the same gift.
They were handed out by Prince’s sisters and his muse, Damaris Lewis, from a truck outside the estate.
Eric Clapton Opens Up About ‘The Very Real Way’ Prince Brought Him Out Of Depression
In an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, Clapton reminisced about being out on the road in the 1980s in a “massive downward spiral with drink and drugs.” Unaware of who Prince was, Clapton entered a movie theater in Canada and watched the 1984 film “Purple Rain.”
The experience, Clapton said, “was like a bolt of lightning.”
“In the middle of my depression, and the dreadful state of the music culture at that time it gave me hope, he was like a light in the darkness,” Clapton wrote.