Prince Surprises Home Town With Pearl Jam Encore

(Radio.com) "Am I from here?' Prince asked as the Minnesota crowd roared to life as the curtain opened on the second of two shows at the Myth in Minnesota on Saturday (May 25). The audience, lovingly referred to as "hometown" throughout the night, may have paid close to $300 for their tickets, but they experienced an unforgettable show by Prince in full-on rock and roll mode.

Starting the night off with a heavy blues-rock remake of "Let's Go Crazy," Prince flaunted his new backing band, the all-female 3rdEyeGirl. On drums, beautiful blonde Hannah Ford belted out lyrics as she laid down solid rock drums and thunderous tom fills.

On bass, Ida Nielson, with her pointed pigtails and heavily distorted blues basslines, brought the funk with bass pops and slaps that compelled the audience to dance. And on guitar, Donna Grantis, with her wild hair flowing over her half shaved head, ripped through fiery guitar solos and lead riffs that would bring a smile to any rock god's face. And smile Prince did.

For the first encore, Prince swooped into an emotional "Purple Rain" with Bobby Z from his former band The Revolution on drums. After playing another song Prince thanked the crowd and wished them goodnight. But everyone seemed to know better and was rewarded when Prince and 3rdEyeGirl walked out on stage in front of the curtain, spotlights illuminating them in the pitch black club.

Through a silly game of telephone, Prince whispered to the girl on his right, who whispered to the girl on her right, who said into the microphone that Prince no longer had a voice. A few boos went out and Prince whispered down the line again and the girl said with a big smile that he still had his fingers! And with a sarcastic look over his shoulder as the curtain opened and he strapped on his guitar, Prince and 3rdEyeGirl finished out the night with a funky all instrumental version of Pearl Jam's "Even Flow." Worlds collided, minds were blown, and with a raspy "Thank you," Prince ended the show. more on this story

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