His best-selling albums a year ago were The Very Best of Prince, with 668,000 copies sold, followed by Purple Rain and 1999.
"We have to celebrate his life, not his death", said Elings.
From his iconic home at Paisley Park to his home away from home at First Avenue, Prince's fans have traveled from all over the world to view his home through his eyes. He performed a medley that included "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", "Condition of the Heart", "Diamonds and Pearls" and "The Beautiful Ones".More news: United CEO says no one will be fired for dragging incident
He said: "When he was running the show, I do think he wanted to have control over how it was put out".
Thursday's musical guest was left unannounced, and Clinton turned out to be a fine addition to the rest of the Celebration lineup, which includes the Revolution on Friday, Morris Day and the Time on Saturday and New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl on Sunday. "I hadn't seen him in a long time and I was happy to see him".
On a massive screen inside the massive soundstage Prince frequently used for performances, a clip played from a 2014 concert with 3rdeyegirl.More news: Leonard scores 37, Spurs grab 2-0 series lead
"I did not expect him to be as much fun as he is; he has a cool sense of humor", added Danish bassist Ida Nielsen. "It's a moment I could never forget". Many fans pictures with his gold star while laughing, crying and singing tunes with other faithful purple followers.
The shows will feature Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z, with special guests Dez Dickerson and Andre Cymone, who were Prince's sidemen early in his career.
"Because I was so emotional past year I said I must be here on the anniversary", he said. "This, sadly, is closure". On April 16, 2016, just five days before his death, Prince commemorated national Record Store Day by going to one of his favorite Minneapolis stores, Electric Fetus, where he bought six albums in CD form.More news: Saturn's Moon Enceladus Could Have Conditions for Life
Today, April 21 marks exactly one year since we lost the majestic and genius Prince Rogers Nelson.