Update: Prince and 3rdEyeGirl brought their A-game last night, ripping through a medley of “Clouds” (with Lianne La Havas in person), “Plectrum Electrum,” “Marz” and “Another Love” for their 8 minute mini-concert on SNL last night.
Here it is in all its glory:
Earlier this month, Prince announced via Twitter that he and 3RDEYEGIRL will be musical guests on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 with host Chris Rock.
Prince has been a musical guest on SNL twice before: in 1981, performing “Party Up”; and in 2006, performing “Fury” and “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed.” Additionally, he appeared on the 1989 15th anniversary special. He’s also been impersonated on the show by Fred Armisen, Chris Kattan, and Billy Crystal.
This appearance won’t be the usual SNL fare, Prince’s label Warner Bros. announced today in a press release. “The music icon’s return to the SNL stage on Nov. 1—his first since Feb. 4, 2006—will be a rousing eight-minute long jam session with no commercial interruption.” This marks a very rare departure from SNL‘s typical two-song routine for musical guests.
After Prince and Beyoncé played together at the 2003 Grammy Awards, SNL debuted a recurring sketch called “The Prince Show,” in which Prince (Armisen) and Beyoncé (Maya Rudolph) welcomed guests including Pink (Drew Barrymore), Jessica Simpson (Lindsay Lohan), and Tobey Maguire (Shia LaBeouf). Though an episode of the sketch was presented in the 2006 show on which Prince was musical guest, the real Prince did not appear on “The Prince Show” even then.
Prince’s SNL appearance caps a remarkable year for Minnesota musicians on late-night TV: Trampled By Turtles, Jeremy Messersmith, and Lizzo have been on Letterman this year, and the Replacements appeared on The Tonight Show.