The singer thrilled fans in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday night (02JUL04) when he reunited with Purple Rain co-stars Morris Day, WENDY MELVOIN and drummer SHEILA E at the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL at the SUPERDOME.
The show, which kicked off the annual weekend concert festival in the city, was attended by an estimated 50,000 people - the largest crowd for a concert in the festival's 10-year history.
Prince kicked off the show by skating onto the stage in disguise, wearing a long wig, hat and beard, joined by funk bass icon LARRY GRAHAM.
Day and his group THE TIME then performed a full set before Prince took to the stage again and was joined by Wendy + Lisa and other specials guests like Chaka Khan and rapper DOUG E FRESH.
Prince finished the night by paying tribute to his current drummer JOHN BLACKWELL, whose young daughter drowned last week (ends02JUL04).
Blackwell, wearing a T-shirt with his daughter's face on it, sat in a spotlight onstage as Prince sang to him.05/07/2004 09:02