Prince made the network TV premiere of “Screwdriver” and “Bambi” on Jimmy Fallon’s anniversary show on Friday night. He performed live for the first time some of the new material we’ve been talking about since a mysterious Twitter handle leaked a song. Watch prince perform “Screwdriver” and “Bambi” on Jimmy Fallon.
Prince, sporting an afro, owned the fierce and crunchy “Bambi,” noodling on his guitar for many solos that would’ve made Santana proud. The world hasn’t seen Prince this playful since the days of “Diamonds and Pearls.” The proud son of Minneapolis wasn’t completely done with one performance. His second song, “Screwdriver,” is one that younger fans who weren’t around in the heyday of “Little Red Corvette” can connect to. The drum kit in the all female backing band rivals Neil Peart and not to mention the intense shredding by both bassist and guitarist. Can someone please tell me if Prince is attempting to bring see-through eye masks in vogue?
Most recently, the “Purple One” played six shows in three days at the small-ish Dakota Jazz Club in his hometown of Minneapolis that functioned as a setting for auditions and a forum to display new material.
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb