The VIPP Report: The last venue Prince performed in Louisville releases a statement

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL "HitnRun" Tour Opener - Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 14: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

Special Report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

(Louisville, KY)  Today, Prince Roger Nelson died at the age of 57.  There’s been so many messages sent in regards to the music superstar.

The Louisville Palace was the venue chosen to kickoff the Hit and Run Tour in March 2015.  They sent a statement on his passing:

We are deeply saddened and in shock about the news of the passing of Prince. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

The Louisville Palace Theater was fortunate enough to host four incredible performances over the course of two days in March 2015. They were truly some of the most memorable concerts this venue has ever hosted. Each show was amazing in their own right, with an energy we have never felt inside our theater. Not only was it an amazing experience for the thousands of fans who attended, but for the entire team on the ground here in Louisville. It was two days that none of us will ever forget. All created by an amazing musician who had the ability create a community of music lovers as one.

Prince will be missed by all.

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The VIPP Report: Prince had a giving heart for a historic Louisville library

Prince Check

Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC

I saw several people on my social media pages talking about Prince Rogers Nelson donating money to a Louisville library.  I have spoken with the spokesman with the Louisville Public Library and they confirm that Prince’s charity “Love 4 One Another Charities” donated $12,000 to the Louisville Free Public Library.  It was earmarked for the Western Branch Library.   In 1905, the Western Colored Library opened at 1125 West Chestnut Street, the first free public library in the nation for African-Americans staffed entirely by African-Americans. On October 28, 1908, the newly constructed Carnegie Library opened at its current location. The branch was led by pioneering African-American librarian, Reverend Thomas F. Blue.

I have obtained the check that Prince sent to the charity.

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(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.




The VIPP Report: Music icon Prince dies at the age of 57


(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Special Report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Just a week ago, there was an emergency landing in Illinois to get music icon Prince to a hospital and today his publicist confirms that the artist had died.  He was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.

I had the opportunity to be invited to his last show to do the review since it was the kickoff of his HITNRUN USA Tour in March of 2015.

Prince Roger Nelson passed away at the age of 57.

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Here’s my review for the March 14-15, 2015 concert review.

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Prince kicks off U.S. tour in the town where basketball, horse racing and the “Greatest” of all time is king

“On Selection Sunday the HITNRUN USA Tour was a number one pick for concerts in 2015” Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL performed four shows in two days in Louisville.

This time last week, Prince fans were scrambling to find tickets. When I announced that music legend Prince would be in Louisville to kickoff his U.S. tour, I instantly picked up followers. Prince gave fans an one week notice and the tickets sold out in record time causing Live Nation to add not one but a total of three additional shows over a two day period.

When I got word that I would be attending the last show in Louisville to give a review of the concert, I knew he would leave fans wanting more. Well, I was right.

With it only being March, I have to say Prince with 3RDEYEGIRL with Louisville native Hannah Welton on drums is the best concert of the year. Since the concert was held on Selection Sunday, I would have to use basketball analogy and call it a slam dunk causing real madness in March for music lovers.

The Louisville Palace had 2,600 screaming fans including myself when he took the stage to “Let’s Go Crazy”. That was so appropriate because fans went crazy when the music interlude started. I met some fans waiting for the 11 pm show and they told me if Prince is in a good mood, the show will be taken to another level. Well, he gave that positive sign almost immediately by pulling off his sunglasses and then he flashed his million dollar smile that confirmed to his fans that his jam session was officially underway. Prince even pulled two couples from Louisville on stage and they danced during his performance.

Some dozen songs later, an encore performance was underway and a solo from Welton. Fans stood nearly a hour and a half, screaming, singing along and taking you back in time because yes Prince did sing some of his biggest hits that made him a legend. The production and timing of his show was seamless. Vibrant colors transitioning the change of a song. Prince used the whole stage from standing right in front of the stage with his “symbol” microphone stand to the side of the stage where his keyboard was positioned.

The intimate venue made you feel like you were in a private show. I need to warn you that security has eyes on you and your electronic devices. They walked up and down each aisle. If security catches you, they would flash you with a light and someone would come and escort you out of the venue.

Prince addressed fans about 80 minutes into the show, Prince said “I like this place”. He also told the audience that Louisville had two things, Muhammad Ali and Hannah Welton and fans showed their love with a loud applause. Welton went into a serious jam session for her hometown crowd. Prince, members of 3RDEYEGIRL, backup singers and the keyboard player all left the stage to give Hannah her moment. Once she finished giving fans an unbelievable performance Prince returned to the staged to thank everyone for attending.

As they exited the stage Hannah threw up a heart sign to fans as she left.

I would say they left to a standing ovation but you really need to sit for that to happen. Fans NEVER sat down during the entire show.

This one of the most diverse concerts I have ever attended. From every race to a 12 year old getting to attend his very first concert as a birthday gift from his mother. The Hit and Run Tour is a home run for fans because Prince is hitting a grand slam with this tour.

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Note from Shanklin’s social media pageI had to stop and take a deep breath when I got the news of Prince’s death. I had to be absolutely sure before I said anything. As a member of the media my announcement of his HitnRun tour took The411 to another level. When his team invited me to his show to do a review of the show that was BIG for me. So, when other artist turn me down for opportunities I just say oh well because the BEST gave me a chance. ‪#‎RIH‬ ‪#‎musicicon‬ ‪#‎Sherlene‬‘sStory

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL "HitnRun" Tour Opener - Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 14: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)


The VIPP Report: R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration


(Louisville, KY)  Once history is made on the track at Churchill Downs and the winner of the 142nd KY Derby received their garland of roses and takes a victory lap.  The celebration is just beginning.  Go back to your hotel, take a nap and be ready to party. Grammy-nominated artist R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration at Hard Rock at Fourth Street Live.  The party is from 10:00 pm to 2:30 am.  General is $25 per person and if you want to do it VIP style it will cost you just a little more at $50.  Donations will also be accepted for a prostate cancer research, a cause close to the multi-platinum artist heart.

Throughout the evening DJ Boom and DJ Tez will provide the music. There will be live entertainment including a performance by Prophet (formally of Nappy Roots).  He will perform live his two new singles “Twerk Contest” and “A Star” off his upcoming album The Voice!  Some of his friends while in Louisville will make an appearance so you don’t want to miss that!  Special invited celebrity guests will be announced in the coming days.

There’s potential opportunities for artists to showcase their talent.  For details call 502-582-7716.

Prophet says “I want to give guests visiting Louisville something new and fun to do while visiting our city.  Come out dress to impress and let’s toast to another great Derby and great music all in one place.  I wanted the location to be central so that it would be in walking distance for many guests and a short drive for those around the city. You need to stop by, you never know who will be there.”

If you would like to setup an interview with R. Prophet, please contact VIPP Communications at