The purple one surprises crowd with ‘Creep’
The purple one’s highly-anticipated set on the Main Stage kicked off around 30-minutes later than scheduled, as a crowd of tens of thousands anxiously awaited his arrival.
Emerging onstage amid a fog of dry ice, wearing a white tunic and white trousers, Prince said simply “Coachella, I am here” before launching into ‘Jungle Love’, joined by Morris Day who took on vocal duties on the track.
In front one of the biggest crowds ever seen at the main stage, he told the audience “You are the coolest place on earth”, before being joined by another guest Sheila E, who performed her hit ‘The Glamorous Life’.
It was 20 minutes in when he kicked off the first of his biggest hits, with‘1999’, and went on to perform ‘Little Red Corvette’, ‘Cream’ and‘Controversy’, among others.
“Look around you. So many different faces from so many different places all bonded by music. I’m tired of debates,” he said before launching into The Beatles ‘Come Together’ during which the singer rallied the enormous crowd to chant “War no more’” between verses.
The audience was nothing short of awestruck at the nine-minute ‘Creep’jam which saw the singer change lyrics slightly to ‘Baby I think you’re special’, and add in a trademark guitar solo, but in general staying true to the original version.
The Radiohead cover was followed by a touching version of Sarah McLachlan’s ‘In The Arms Of An Angel’, sung by one of his backing singers, who sang the track as Prince made a quick costume change into an orange tunic ensemble.
The star-studded crowd watching Prince’s set from the packed VIP area included a veritable motley crue of celebrities including David Hasselhoff, Melanie Griffith, Steven Tyler, Sienna Miller, Scott Speedman, Jared Leto and a host of other Hollywood types.
In typical Prince style, he stuck around for an hour after the usual midnight curfew, and even then he wasn’t done.
“They’re telling me that we got to go, but I can’t leave!” he said “Coachella, did we have a good time at this party or what? You deserve it. From now on, this is Prince’s house!” before launching into final song‘Let’s Go Crazy’.