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Happy Valley remembers Prince

Prince played the Bryce Jordan Center in 2004 before a sold-out crowd. He died Thursday at home.
Prince played the Bryce Jordan Center in 2004 before a sold-out crowd. He died Thursday at home. Photo provided

He brought down the house with “Purple Rain.”

Prince played the Bryce Jordan Center in 2004, one of the early stops on his “Musicology” tour that year.

It was about 20 years or so after Prince burst onto the Top 40 music scene with hits such as “Raspberry Beret” and “1999.” It didn’t matter. The crowd was still sold out.

That was April 18, 2004.

Twelve years and a few days later, the Jordan Center’s director of sales and marketing, Bernie Punt, says the event remains one of the Penn State concert venue’s finest moments.

“It was one of the top five shows in our building,” he said.

Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis home Thursday. He was 57.

“Once Prince starts performing, his audience is helplessly entranced,” Gisela Garcia wrote for the Centre Daily Times after the Jordan Center concert. “With Prince, his wish was our command. When he asked us to jump, clap or wave, we did. And we ALL did. Even those in the nosebleed section. It was almost miraculous.”

Punt said news of the music icon’s passing was crushing.

Prince’s death is the latest of several high profile losses to the music world in 2016, including David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White and Glen Frey. Prince’s own protege, Vanity, whose career blossomed with his in the late 1980s, died in February. She was also 57.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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