Let's go crazy, let's get nuts: Rounding up all our tributes to Prince
We've had about a day to let the news sink in, and it still hasn't. Prince, somehow, is dead. The world, somehow, is still spinning.
While police continue investigating the iconic musician's cause of death, as we head into the weekend, here's a roundup of all of our Prince coverage this week.
-- "Prince Rogers Nelson is not supposed to die. Not in 2016, not in 3016, not ever. Prince is, was and ever shall be eternally among us, hallowed be his purple name." Our tribute to the man in purple.
-- Stuck in the '80s' Steve Spears weighed in with the Top 5 moments in Prince's one-of-a-kind career.
-- Tampa-born and -educated saxophone stars B.K. Jackson and Eric Darius both played with Prince -- the former as a touring bandmate, the latter at a late-night jam session in Las Vegas. They shared their stories about performing, and learning from, Prince.
-- Also weighing in was guitarist Dan Clermont of the nationally signed, North Pinellas-based pop-punk band Set It Off: "You're talking about a guy who wore purple and had a puffy blouse on, and was still one of the sexiest men alive. He pulled that off."
-- The Tampa Theatre will honor Prince with a free screening of Purple Rain on April 30.
-- Prince was a fashion icon. "Everybody loved his look but few tried to duplicate it because, well, who could?" wrote Katherine Snow Smith.
-- All across America, tributes have been pouring in, from Prince's Paisley Park studios to Hamilton on Broadway. Click here.
-- What were Prince's five most memorable albums? The New York Times' Jon Caramanica weighs in.
-- Our All Eyes blog has been all over the loss of one of the most visual men in music. Here's a gallery of Prince's looks through the decades. Fan Raymond Sanderlin sent us this photo. And Times photographer Cherie Diez found 20 great images from the time she covered a Prince concert in Atlanta on Jan. 3, 1985. Click here to see them. (Cherie also tweeted this incredible photo from Lakeland in 1985.)
-- Jay Cridlin