Iconic pop-rocker Prince made the most of his time in New Orleans on Friday, where he was
on hand to headline the 20th Essence Festival at The Superdome. Not only did The Purple
One deliver a 24-song set of his own, he also sat in with fellow Essence performers
Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers.
Rodgers welcomed Prince to add blazing guitar to a version of David Bowie's "Let's Dance,"
a 1983 chart-topper Nile co-produced. Nile took to
Twitter to proclaim, "How Proud Am I at This Moment? Playing 'Let's Dance' w Prince is
so symbolic. That album w Bowie changed my life..." A short clip of "Let's Dance" has
emerged thus far:
Prince setlists have been all over the place of late, but in New Orleans he clearly
focused on the hits for the capacity crowd at The Superdome. At one point, the Minnesota
native reeled off a string of "Controversy," "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "Nothing
Compares 2 U" and "Kiss," showing the strength of his back catalog. Troy "Trombone Shorty"
Andrews, the pride of New Orleans, sat in for the final portion of Prince's main set,
which included takes on "Sometimes It Snows In April," "The Bird," "Jungle Love" and
Here's a look at the Prince setlist from Friday night:
[Published on: 7/7/14]