Prince to Get a Statue in…Lithuania? That’s Perfect, Actually.

Vilnius, the capital of the tiny Baltic state of Lithuania, is a pretty artsy place. The shackles of its former Soviet masters have been thoroughly shrugged off as the city embraced some of the cooler aspects of Western culture, especially rock.

For example, where else can you find a statue of Frank Zappa? They put him in place of a monument to Vladimir Lenin.

Frank Zappa Vilnius

Last year, a John Lennon monument was unveiled. In this case, it was a case of swapping a Lenin for a Lennon. Here’s a shot from Lonely Planet.

John Lennon - Vilnius

Next up? Prince. Andrius Kairys, a local drummer, and promoter Viktoras Diawara are working on a Prince tribute concert in June. All money raised will go towards a Prince monument which will be in the shape of his “Love” symbol. They’ve talked to the mayor and he’s already on board.

Prince logo



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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