Prince made a rare late-night talk show appearance on last night’s episode of Lopez Tonight, performing his new song “Laydown” with his band the New Power Generation to hype his 21-concert residency at the Forum in Los Angeles, which starts tonight. Prince, clearly a big George Lopez fan, announced that string of shows on an episode of the show last week and promised to swing by Lopez’s studio to play a song.
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The performance is just as funky and flamboyant as you’d want Prince to be, with the gold-suited singer arriving in a puff of smoke while dancing girls in black berets grind on the side of the stage. “Laydown,” a track from last year’s 20Ten, is one of his best recent tunes, notable for its fine, funky guitar riff and the memorable lyric “from the heart of Minnesota / here comes the purple Yoda.” In addition to this song, Prince also performed a version of “The Beautiful Ones” from Purple Rain and a new song called “You’re the One For Me” with Sheila E.
Prince Plays the Classics & Debuts a New Song! [Lopez Tonight]