Report: Former GM of Prince's Glam Slam nightclubs found dead


The manager of Prince's club in the early 1990s was found dead at his home, according to reports.

Minnetonka police responded to a home on the 5100 block of Woodhill Road at 8:24 a.m. Saturday after getting a report of a male not breathing, according to a news release. Police at the scene determined he was dead.

Officials haven't identified the man, but a neighbor told BringMeTheNews the person who lived in the home was Paul Pudlitzke, and the Star Tribune confirmed the 48-year-old's death with his sister. His cause of death hasn't been released.

Pudlitzke, who most recently worked as a real estate agent with Edina Realty, worked for Prince as the food-and-beverage manager and general manager of Prince's Glam Slam nightclubs from 1990 through late-1994, he told the Belle Plaine Herald after Prince's death.

Pudlitzke was in his early 20s at the time, but decided to leave the business because it was a lifestyle and a lot of hard work, the Belle Plaine Herald and Star Tribune report.

The history of Glam Slam

Prince opened Glam Slam, a nightclub at 110 Fifth Street North, in late 1989, according to Meet Minneapolis. The club was named after Prince's song "Glam Slam" from his 1988 album "Lovesexy."

The Purple One opened the club, where he'd often hang out, in an effort to challenge nearby First Avenue – Glam Slam could hold about 3,000 people, roughly 800 more than First Avenue, the Belle Plaine Herald said.

MTV said Prince wanted to create a "similarly memorable atmosphere" like First Avenue had in "Purple Rain" for the film's sequel, "Graffiti Bridge." Glam Slam made an appearance in the 1990 movie, Explore Minnesota reported.

Prince opened two more Glam Slams – Glam Slam West in Los Angeles in 1993 and Glam Slam East in Miami the following year. Pudlitzke was responsible for managing all three, the Belle Plaine Herald says.

Glam Slam West was a celebrity hotspot in the early 1990s, KPCC said, and was one of the "coolest places to be in L.A." during that time, reported. Steve Edelson, the club owner who worked with Prince on Glam Slam West, told KPCC the club was "100 percent" Prince's idea on what it was going to look like.

MTV said the most "interesting" thing about the Glam Slam clubs was the "inclusion of a gift store" in every one – there were "loud suits, chain fringe leather jackets, jackets decorated with license plates, and prince symbol belts and jewelry."

All the clubs have since closed, or closed and reopened under management not associated with Prince.

The Minneapolis club closed after eight years. Prince sold it to Gilbert Davison, his former manager and president of Paisley Park, and renamed it The Quest, Meet Minneapolis says. That closed in 2006 after a fire, and was reopened as Epic. Epic closed in 2013, and now the former Glam Slam is home to Cowboy Jack's and The Shout House.

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