See You in the Purple Rain

prince purple rain skatePrince was more than an artist. He was an icon. A legend. Known for his psychedelic sound and attitude of acceptance, Prince reached legendary status in 1984 with his release of Purple Rain. In the course of his career, he earned 32 Grammy nominations, won seven Grammys (including two for Purple Rain), and won an Academy Award. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. As the world remembers this remarkable man, we take a moment to celebrate his life, his music, and his love of roller-skating.

Prince and Roller Skating

What better way to remember a legend than by enjoying one of his favorite activities? Few people knew that Prince was a roller-skater, but those favored few were in for an experience. Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, has recounted the oddity of his experience skating with Prince.

“When I got back, Prince had the briefcase out on the floor. He clicked the lock and opened it, and took out the strangest, most singular pair of roller skates I had ever seen. They were clear skates that lit up, and the wheels sent a multicolored spark trail into your path.

“He took them out and did a big lap around the rink. Man. He could skate like he could sing.”

Purple Rain … A Tribute to Prince

Fun Spots invites you to page homage to one of the greatest musicians of our time. On Saturday, June 11th we’re hosting an adults only tribute to the man who brought us Purple Rain, Kiss, and so much more. This 10pm-1am skating session is a tribute to everything Prince was, from the music to the merriment to the color purple. Get your ticket in advance for just $10 (Prince-approved skates included) or get tickets, if available, at the door for $12. ID’s are required for admittance.

To learn more about special events at Fun Spot, call our Belleville skating center.

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