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Posted: April 14, 2017

Atlanta's historic Fox Theatre plans special Prince tribute

Drawings, flowers and balloons form a memorial to Prince in front of the Fox Theatre, where the musician played his final public concert a week before he died.
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Drawings, flowers and balloons form a memorial to Prince in front of the Fox Theatre, where the musician played his final public concert a week before he died.

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By Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —

As the one-year anniversary of music legend Prince’s death nears, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the venue where he held his last large-scale concert, plans to honor The Purple One in a grand way.

The Fox Theatre will post a rolling rotation of lyrics from Prince’s iconic song “Purple Rain” on its marquee from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on April 21, said Cindy Stoltz, a spokeswoman for the Fox. Prince died exactly a week after performing two “Piano and a Microphone” shows at the Fox. His sudden death from an opioid overdose shook the music world and left fans in mourning for months after his death.

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“The Fox Theatre will always have the bittersweet distinction of being Prince’s last stage performance,” Jamie Vosmeier, a spokesman for Fox Theatre, said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The marquee tribute will give Prince fans a moment to reflect on the man, the artist and the music, which is now a part of history.”

Fans are welcome to take pictures of the marquee throughout the day, but the Fox will not have a designated area for fans who gather on April 21. The marquee tribute will coincide with Fox’s production of “Matilda the Musical.”

“We ask that everyone be patient and thoughtful to both fans of Prince and guests of the theater,” Vosmeier said. 


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