As we pause today in remembrance of the events of September 11th, 2001, we also reflect on the importance of this day in 1987.
September 11, 1987 was a huge day for Prince. Not only was he set to perform on the @mtv @vmas , but back home in Chanhassen his new recording studio and creative compound, @officialpaisleypark , was hosting its grand opening.
By this point Paisley Park was already a hotbed of activity. The studios were buzzing with activity from @sheilaedrummer and @prince 's jazz side project, Madhouse, and the soundstage had been used to film a music video for the Jets' "Cross My Broken Heart" and scenes from Prince's concert film, "Sign O' The Times." The day before the grand opening, Paisley Park was visited by worldwide ambassadors and trade emissaries, who were in town to participate in the opening of the Minnesota World Trade Center, which also occurred on September 11, 1987. "For almost an hour they toured the place, gawking at everything from purple carpeting and violet lounge chairs to computerized digital keyboards and a basketball hoop the rocker put up for recreational use," reported the @startribune .
Paisley Park's grand opening weekend kicked off on Friday, September 11 with a black-tie gala, with $40 tickets benefiting the Minnesota Motion Picture and Television Board. The entertainment for the night was a staging of @themuppets Babies Live!, which had been holding rehearsals for their upcoming tour in the soundstage. Can you imagine? Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Animal, and Rowlf, all parading around the Paisley Park stage to entertain the rows of renowned guests seated at banquet tables before them.
The opening festivities continued throughout the weekend with a trade show in the soundstage, which was part of the Connections '87 film, video and recording conference. By the end of the weekend, Paisley Park had established itself industry-wide as the most cutting-edge new studio complex in the country.