Two musical titans collided in Minnesota late Thursday night as Madonna attended an intimate Paisley Park jam session hosted by Prince. Minnesota public radio station the Current reports that Madonna and her entire touring crew – having performed at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center earlier in the night – ventured to Prince’s nearby Chanhassen, Minnesota complex to watch the rocker and his backing band 3rd Eye Girl deliver a late-night gig.
According to the Current, a handpicked group of roughly 30 people were notified earlier in the night that something “extra-special” might go down, and by 1:30 a.m., Madonna and her crew began disembarking tour buses. Before Prince took the stage, Madonna’s dancers turned the sparsely packed Paisley Park venue into a synchronized dance party. At 2:15 a.m. local time, Prince, accompanied by Madonna, finally made his way onstage. However, Madonna took her spot in a roped-off VIP section to watch Prince perform.
Prince’s short set featured new track “Stare,” three Hit N Run Phase One tracks (“X’s Face,” “1000 Xs & Os,” “Ain’t About to Stop”), an extended cover of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” and renditions of the title tracks from Guitar and Sign o’ the Times. At one point during the show, Madonna and Prince briefly “whispered something back and forth” before Madonna and her touring crew left the building. While the Current’s account of the evening ends at 3 a.m., Prince reportedly played two more after-hours sets, even inviting the remaining fans onstage.
Sadly, the evening did not feature a duet of “Love Song,” Prince and Madonna’s Like a Prayer collaboration. In 2011, the years-long, much-publicized feud between the two icons came to an end after Madonna was spotted at Prince’s Madison Square Garden in New York. The pair briefly dated in 1985, but snippy comments made in the ensuing years caused a rift between the artists.
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Madonna at one point called Prince “a little troll,” adding in a 1994 interview that while on a date with Purple Rain singer, “He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me.” Over a dozen years later, at a 2007 London concert, Prince joked, “I got so many hits y’all can’t handle me. I got more hits than Madonna’s got kids.”