new Prince documentary coming soon; Prince estate launches online pop-up store
A new Prince documentary is currently in the works, titled Prince's Last Year, that as you might expect focuses on the final 12 months of secluded performer's life, which will include unreleased footage from his final performance from his "Piano & A Microphone" tour. (Prince died in April, 2016.) According to Variety, the doc will also shed light on Prince's struggle with his addiction to painkillers, and his political views and activism. Among those interviewed in the doc will be Cee-Lo Green, George Clinton, Rev. Al Sharpton, Van Jones, Eryn Allen Kane and former girlfriend Andy Allo. The documentary was commissioned by Britain's Channel 4, and is directed by Adrian Sibley (whose credits include TV documentary The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill). No release date yet, stay tuned.
In related Prince news, Prince's estate has launched 'Hit N Run,' an online pop-up merchandise store which features apparel sporting many of Prince's classic designs and album artwork. The pop-up store is the first online store sold directly from Prince's estate, and will remain online until December 3. If you somehow aren't able to purchase any of these items, you can always browse further officially-licensed Prince merch at the Paisley Park online shop.
Speaking of Paisley Park, the complex's current operators are seeking a permit to serve alcohol during special events, including ones the week of Super Bowl LII, which is in Minneapolis. Some are wary of the idea, as Prince did not allow alcohol to be served at the building.
According to Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Chanhassen, MN mayor Denny Laufenburger stated that the city is working with the building's managers in order to further discuss the issue, while stating that the city is not responsible for determining what Prince might have wanted:
Let’s be clear, the City Council has the responsibility to make the best decision for the city of Chanhassen. We’re concerned about public safety. We’re concerned about responsible distribution of alcohol. We’re concerned about Paisley Park respecting the ordinance that is in place.