Jimmy Fallon hosted the “Goodnight sweet Prince” episode in NBC’s Saturday night life. The 57-year-old music icon died last week within an elevator at his Paisley Park compound in suburban Minneapolis. The cause of his death remains unknown as the report of Friday’s autopsy could take at least four weeks.
The tribute show was specially designed and replaced a scheduled SNL programme. The impromptu version of the song “Let’s Go Crazy”, which Prince sang during the 40th anniversary of the comedy show alongside Fallon, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, the fellow SNL veterans and other celebrities in 2015 February. This after-party show was never aired before. Fallon recalled that around 4:30 a.m. he was informed by Dave Chappelle that Prince was there at the New York’s Plaza hotel, and they were trying to make him perform.
“I just said, ‘Prince, if you’re in the room, I dare you to come up and sing something with us,’” Fallon said.
“He got up and it was unbelievable, He just destroyed.”
“Other people may have been on the show more times or performed more frequently,” Fallon said. “But there was always something different about a Prince performance — it was special, it was an event, it was Prince.”
The hour long episode also showed clips of Prince’s performances in the SNL over the last the forty years, as reported by the Associated Press.
In another show at Brooklyn, Bruce Springsteen paid emotional tribute the music icon by starting with the “Purple Rain”. The Barclay’s center was bathed in Prince’s favorite purple lightnings.
“Prince forever,” Springsteen told the New York crowd at the end of the song, according to the Yahoo News. “God bless!”