Prince's landmark album and film Purple Rain turned 30 this week, and the singer marked the occasion Saturday night with a late-night surprise concert at Paisley Park, featuring a very special guest: Purple Rain co-star Apollonia Kotero made her first ever visit to the estate.
According to Consequence of Sound, Kotero wrote about the experience on her Facebook page, in a post which now appears to have been removed.
"4:42 A.M. in Minneapolis , just had a private concert by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl at Paisley Park….Ida on Bass , Donna on Guitar and Hannah on Drums," Kotero reportedly wrote. "They play loud and HARD. Heard new music that was dope! He had a cool chair for me on the stage at his side and I sat there transfixed on every note, every move, every vocal. After every song I yelled and clapped my ass off. It was so amazing it made me sweat. These ladies are so talented and beautiful. I was charmed. And Prince….my heart still skip’s a beat. Paisley Park is a fun place. He showed me all my images painted on the walls. 'Hey thats me!!!' I said, he just laughed in that cool way he that does. The biggest room will be The Purple Rain room….he will have us painted there, huge murals. 'My big head gonna be up there?' He just laughed and laughed."
Prince recently revealed that Kotero, particularly the meme of himself riding on a motorcycle with her, inspired a new song called "This Could Be Us." The song will appear on a new full-length album that Prince says he has already completed and hopes to release soon.
Prince posted a 10-minute audio recording from the 3 a.m. Paisley Park concert on YouTube Sunday, which you can listen to below.