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DO Watch Prince Perform a New Song; DON’T Ask Prince What to Do About Your Dying Relationship

Prince, his new band and his old band, and a great many dancers stormed ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ on Wednesday night, premiering a new jam called “Funknroll.”

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Prince, his new band and his old band, and a great many dancers stormed The Arsenio Hall Show on Wednesday night. The Purple One chatted with Arsenio and the crowd, but that was beside the point: the performances, man. The damn songs. I’ve got a walking-out-of-an-insane-concert high and I’m just sitting in an uncomfortable chair writing a blog post.

Kicking off the show, Prince and his year-old band, 3rdEyeGirl, premiered a new song from the forthcoming Plectrum Electrum, “Funknroll.” (The title’s significant: Prince has been calling his new band’s style funk ’n’ roll for a while. Arsenio, meanwhile, introduced ’em as an “astral-travelin’ explosion of awesome.”) Prince appeared out of nowhere like a magician, guitarless, and started having all the fun someone can have. Within 20 seconds, I would’ve paid at least $800 just to be remotely near the vibes he was emanating. The New Power Generation, Prince’s band through the ’90s and the aughts, made a surprise appearance for the third period, brassing the hell out of everything.

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The interview portion was a quick reminder how otherworldly Prince’s existence is. The man only knows how to — and only needs to know how to — cook a single thing, an omelet. He doesn’t know what an infomercial is. And, back on planet Earth, he actually has a dead-sensible pet peeve: “Strangers touching my hair,” he deadpanned, going on to pantomime punching the next person who does it.

Then he played executioner for a troubled couple.

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Prince wound up picking up the ax for “She’s Always in My Hair,” and closed the night with the New Power Generation and “Mutiny,” off 1985’s The Family. Again: Maaaaaan.

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