Augusta, GA (WJBF) – She was at the James Brown statue in downtown Augusta, but that had Thelma Stokes thinking about Prince. “His music…love his music. all of the music,” said Stokes, who was visiting from Charleston, South Carolina.
Like James Brown, Prince died too young. His death was a shock for millions of music fans.
“He was a really creative person, very creative,” said Richard Banks.
“Such an influence, musically, just the persona, just everything about the man. We really lost something yesterday,” said local rock guitarist, Michael Vincent Baideme.
And, around the country, landmarks are being lit up in purple in honor…
“Because that’s his trademark, “Purple Rain’, it’s a very sad day,” said Sarah Blake.
Augusta doesn’t light up landmarks, but it does color fountains.
“Green for St. Patty’s Day, yes, and it’s beautiful,” said Banks.
A green fountain for St. Patrick’s Day is one thing, but is Augusta cool enough to go purple fountain for the passing of Prince?
“They should be purple. Definitely, it’s a major loss for artists everywhere,” said Blake.
“Prince was right in my wheelhouse, when I was in college,” said Augusta Utilities Department director Tom Wiedmeier, who added thast it was just before 10:00 a.m. Friday morning when the city started talking about turning the fountains purple in honor of Prince.
“The Administrator’s Office sent out an e-mail seeing if we could do something with the fountains down on Broad Street and I think we’re going to be able to,” said Wiedmeier.
So, those dandelion looking fountains should be looking like ‘Purple Rain’.
“I think it will be a pretty cool thing to do,” said Wiedmeier.
“That would put a big smile on my face, that’s what that would do,” said Baideme.
That would be the royal treatment for Prince, “Out There…Somewhere” in Augusta.
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