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Prince put on his banana-yellow pants, round sunglasses and psychedelic top with fringed sleeves for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday. The occasion was to perform his new single, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Affair,” with his revamped band, including a guest drummer and his large horn section.
Befitting his outfit, the song had an old-school vibe, with a little piano boogie and a blues-rock guitar solo by Prince himself.
For this number, Chicago jazz drummer Hannah Ford was at the drum kit and the large horn section (which included Maceo Parker) was split in half, with each situated on opposite sides of the stage.
After “Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Affair,” John Blackwell took over his usual spot on drums and Prince played “Dance Electric” as the show faded out.
According to reliable, on-the-scene blogger Dr. Funkenberry, the crowd at the outdoor stage (outside the TV studio) chanted for more from Prince and he accommodated with “Take Me with U” (with his latest protege Andy Allo on lead vocals), “Raspberry Beret,” “Cream” (featuring a Maceo Parker sax solo) and an extended version of “Cool.”
Prince did not do an interview with Kimmel. But the comic’s other two guests, actor Jerry O’Connell and comedian Russell Peters, told stories about meeting Prince – O’Connell as an NYU college student at the Limelight club in New York and Peters at a post-NAACP Image Awards party at Prince’s place in, of course, Bel Air.
After "Kimmel," Prince and his band were scheduled to perform at Los Angeles' Sayers Club, which holds maybe 250 people.
For “The View,” Prince donned an Afro wig.
For “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, Prince will have a new drummer, Hannah Ford. Well, she’s actually being billed as a guest drummer. They’re scheduled to play the new tune “Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Affair.”
Um, don’t read anything into it. Ford, a veteran singer/jazz drummer from Chicago, is married to Joshua Welton and has worked with Wynton Marsalis and Louie Bellson, among others.
We’ll have to tune in to see if Ford is truly an additional drummer and if longtime New Power Generation drummer John Blackwell is still involved, as well.
“Kimmel” airs about 11:30 p.m. on KSTP Ch. 5.
Hot off his Emmy hosting gig, Jimmy Kimmel is preparing to go head-to-head directly with Jay Leno and David Letterman across the country--but not in the Twin Cities.
Starting Jan. 8, KSTP is planning to broadcast a one-hour newscast from 10-11 p.m.. That means "JImmy Kimmel Live," which was expected to take the old "Nightline" slot at 10:35 p.m., won't start locally until 11 p.m. "Nightline" will air at midnight.
KSTP's general manager Rob Hubbard points out that KSTP is already doing an hour in the evening - but it's currently split up by the half-hour broadcast of "Nightline."
"Keeping the crew around for a whole hour just didn't make sense," Hubbard said.
Hubbard said it also didn't make economic sense to simply do a half-hour of news late at night.
"Any station that has negotiated the right to own that time at night is doing what we're doing," he said.
The late start for "Kimmel" isn't all bad for comedy fans. This way, you can still catch Leno or Letterman's monologue and not miss a bit of Kimmel.
Adam Young of Owl City/photo by Kyndell Harkness
Don’t call Minnesota’s own Owl City a one-hit wonder. "Good Time," a collaboration between City’s Adam Young and Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for "Call Me Maybe," has sold over a million copies this summer. Expect that number to jump when the musicians. appear next Tuesday on NBC’s "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," as well as TBS’s "Conan" next Wednesday.
Young, who hails from Owatonna, previously had big success with "Fireflies."
Those who can’t wait that long to check out a local band on late-night television can tune in this Wednesday to "Jimmy Kimmy Live," which will feature a performance from Polica.
Somebody give the "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" camera crew a gold star this morning. They did a great job last night capturing the dynamic interplay between Poliça drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, which is at the center of the song that the Minneapolis quartet surprisingly chose to perform for its TV debut, "Leading to Death." The show's audio technicians, on the other hand, might need a little talking to. Singer Channy Leaneagh's electronicified vocals sounded weirdly muddy and flimsy in what was presumably quite a hi-fi audio mix (not at all a problem at, say, the lo-fi Turf Club or 7th Street Entry).
Still, the band properly seized the moment, which came to them last-minute after Tom Waits had to cancel. Fallon somewhat wise-acrely emphasized the "ç" in the band's name during his introduction. And the band somewhat boldly made "Leading to Death" its wise song selection. not one of the tracks from its album touted as a single, but one that has been a clear highlight in its live sets this spring. Maybe the smartest move of them all, though, was by Ivascu, who did not miss achance to mouth the words, "Hi Mom!," into the cameras after the commercial break when Fallon came back to bid adieu (alas, not part of the clip below).
Members of Poliça wound up watching hosting a TV viewing party over at the Knitting Factory's Brooklyn offshoot, where manager Nate Vernon was DJ-ing. Coincidentally or not, Nate's brother Justin Vernon also had a big TV taping on Wednesday night: He and his Bon Iver brethren were back in Austin, Texas, taping an episode of "Austin City Limits." You can read about that one here. Or, even better, you can click here for the hilarious "Bon Iver Erotica" spoof that's now going viral.