RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The entire world is mourning the loss of musical icon Prince, including many right here in Richmond.
For veteran afternoon DJ King Tut with KISS FM, his audio board lit up all afternoon with a flurry of grieving callers. He also took time to reflect on the life of a musician that he felt a personal connection to.
I”‘ve been a DJ for 30-plus years,” the veteran DJ told 8News Reporter Jonathan Costen. “I’ve followed this man’s career from the beginning, since it was Prince before The Revolution, since Alexander O’Neal, since back in Minneapolis days.
“I thought I was a part of what he was doing, because it was so different.”
DJ King Tut and his listeners — who you can hear from in the above video — recalled when Prince performed locally at the Richmond Coliseum in the 1980s. They say losing one of music’s greatest icons is like losing a family member.
“It’s a shock,” he said. “57 years young, a man who pretty much created his own style of music, and it’s sad because we never take note of these people until they pass away.”
Locals also shared their memories on 8News’ Facebook page:
8News Reporter Nakell Williams was at Plan 9 music in Carytown Wednesday afternoon and witnessed fans rush to snatch the last few Prince albums off the shelves. One fan even snuck away from work to get a copy of of his favorite hits. He says the Minneapolis-born musical innovator brought us the best of rock, R&B, soul, funk and nearly every other genre combined.
Like others in the music industry, Plan 9 owner Jim Bland said he also felt a special connection with the legendary artist.
“He was incredibly prolific,” Bland said. “A genius, I would say.”