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.