Dayton woman recalls ’83 Prince concert at Hara

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday, in the ongoing death investigation for Prince, local law enforcement in Minnesota said there were no obvious signs of trauma, and no indication of suicide.

Meantime, fans continue to mourn his passing and honor the legacy of the music legend, including right here at home.

“I immediately showed my son, Austin last night and he just looked at me and said, ‘wow’,” said Sheila Nash, of Dayton.

She was a teenager when she saw Prince perform at Hara Arena in 1983.  She doesn’t just have her memories; she kept the ticket stub from 33 years ago. That is what she showed her son when learning of Prince’s passing.

On Friday, Sheila wore purple in honor of the late artist, showed us her scrapbook, and talked about why Prince’s music meant so much to so many people.

“A lot of people remember his music from childhood,” she said. “A lot of people I’m hearing from today remember senior prom, in the car, or a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend. That music helped us get through those times. His music is as awesome today as it was then.”

Thinking back to that concert at Hara Arena, Nash remembered her dad taking her and a friend, and that she bought a special, purple glove to wear to the concert. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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