Del’s Tire Mart

1409 2nd Street South

Where Prince auditioned new bandmates who help him develop the "Minneapolis Sound"

This now-demolished building—an actual tire store—proved crucial in the development of Prince’s music. In the summer and fall of 1978, he rented a room in the back of the building to serve as an audition and rehearsal space. Then he placed an ad in the local alternative weekly—“Warner Bros. recording artist seeks guitarist and keyboard player…"

Prince had already tapped André Cymone to play bass and Bobby Z for drums, and recruited local keyboardists Gayle Chapman and Matt Fink. Dez Dickerson auditioned for Prince at Del's. Prince was impressed with the guitarist's ability to nail an excellent solo without being a showboater. Dickerson was critical to Prince’s development of the “Minneapolis Sound," exposing him to new wave and punk rock.

The band stopped rehearsing in the space after their equipment was stolen.

A high rise hotel now sits on this site. More than half of the Twin Cities’ properties associated with Prince have been demolished. The research underpinning this digital tour was done to identify historically significant locations related to Prince so that they can be preserved for future generations to see the cultural and physical environments that nurtured the artist.


Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, University of Minnesota, 2018

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, University of Minnesota, 2018

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, University of Minnesota. The block that once included Del's Tire Mart has been completely redeveloped since Prince rented rehearsal space at 1409 2nd Street South. The old industrial building where the musician held auditions has been replaced by a hotel while the surrounding streets have been renamed and re-routed. | Source: Photo credit: Kirsten Delegard, 2018. | Creator: Kirsten Delegard. View File Details Page

Del�™s Tire Mart site, 1920s

Del™s Tire Mart site, 1920s

Del™s Tire Mart. This fire insurance map from the 1920s shows the Purity Brewing Company. During Prohibition, this building became home to a tire store. In 1978, when Prince was looking for rehearsal space, Del™s Tire Mart had a spare room that it rented to the musician. Like so many other properties associated with Prince, the building was later demolished. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Street Address:

1409 2nd Street South [map]

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “Del’s Tire Mart,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed June 25, 2021,

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