Prince made several visits to Mississippi during his career. He performed a concert here in 1980 and again in 1997. Jackson resident Jan Michaels was at the concert in 1997.
"When he came on that stage, he was just bigger than life. The place just went crazy. Talking about it right now, I feel like I am there," said 105.1 The River Program Director Jan Michaels.
She also recalls the second surprise concert Prince played on the reservoir following.
"We had heard that he was going to make an appearance at The Dock out at the Reservoir," added Michaels. "It was like, no he's not going to the dock. But, if he does we have to be there. As soon as the concert ended it was like heck yeah we are going.
Michaels says hundreds of people stood around waiting.
"And then all of a sudden his big tour bus pulled up in the parking lot," she said. "We were like, oh my gosh it's true. It was so cool. We were all drawn to this bus and the doors swung open and he just stepped right out. We just made this pathway for him. He just walked by. No one tried to grab him. No one was doing anything crazy, we were just in awe.
Michaels keeps his picture by her desk. Its the picture she took of Prince back in 1997. She also found a photo she took from Prince's performance in Jackson.
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