Sheila E. Denied Entry Into Prince’s Paisley Park

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Sheila E. says that was turned away from entering Prince’s Paisley Park. 

The famed percussionist was in Minnesota for a performance on June 7, Prince’s birthday, and she wanted to visit the place where her career started. However, that dream was short-lived. “I went in to celebrate him, and I wanted to go into the studio and do a live video, take a picture, and they said, ‘No,’” she said in a video she posted on her Instagram. 

She continued, “My heart’s broke. I can’t even walk into Paisley. That’s kind of messed up…Not a nice way to celebrate his birthday.”

Sheila concluded the video by wishing the late Prince a happy birthday. 

The official Instagram account for Paisley Park also released a statement addressed to Sheila E. “Hello Sheila – We love and respect you, and we did offer for you to come in and film in the soundstage or other areas, but we couldn’t allow filming in the studios without prior knowledge and planning, especially with tours going on at the time. We hope to have you back to Paisley Park in the future — just give us a heads-up! Happy Prince Day.”