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Friday, 22 April 2016

"Travel well my beautiful friend" Tyler Perry pens touching tribute to Prince

Actor and director Tyler Perry took to social media to mourn the unexpected passing of legendary musician Prince at age 57.
"Doves are crying today," the 46-year-old writes. "About 12 years ago, I was playing the Kodak Theater in LA. I was on my way to the theater when my phone rang. I answered and heard a voice that almost made me wreck the car. The voice said, "I hear you're doing a bit of Purple Rain in your show. Do it again and I'm going to sue you... and I need 10 tickets and I'll be there tonight.” Click. I freaked out. Prince had called me!!
So that night I waited at the backstage door for him to arrive. I was nervous and hoping he didn't get out of the car with 9 lawyers… lol. The limo pulls up and there he was. He got out smiling and laughing. I knew then he was joking (kinda). One of the first things he said was that he was a fan of mine. That blew me away. "Prince WHAT?” I thought. Can you say mind numbing?! Anyway, we chatted for a while, but time seemed to fly by. Soon enough, I had to get dressed and start the show.

During the play I would glance at him, and he seemed to be having an awesome time. Man! Prince was watching me perform!! And enjoying it! Then we got to the part in the play where I had been doing a few lines of Purple Rain. I stopped and looked at him sitting in the audience. We made eye contact and he nodded to me. So, I queued the band to start playing Purple Rain and had someone bring Prince the microphone in the audience... BIG MISTAKE! He started to sing Purple Rain and the audience went CRAZY! I had never heard that kind of roar from a crowd before. 3400 people losing their minds!! He sang one verse and the audience was blown away. There was a standing ovation for him AT MY SHOW...lol. He was done singing and the audience wouldn't stop applauding him. I still had 20 minutes to go before MY show was over. I knew at that moment that I had just been educated by royalty!!

The lesson: never give your microphone to a legend at your show!!! LOL On the rare occasion that I had the privilege to spend some private time with him, I always new I was in the presence of someone special, someone incredible, someone brilliant. Whether we were at the White House or standing in his kitchen talking, he was consistently an icon! Whether I was in a crowd of thousands watching him perform or one of the handful in his basement listening to him sing for hours, he was always consistent, always royal, always a legend, always Prince.

He gave us so much of his genius that it is impossible to forget that he walked this planet. And who would want to? Thousands of years from now the world will still know that Prince was here. Travel well my beautiful friend."

30 comments:

Bonita Bislam said...

Life is what what happens to us while we await our appointment with the mortuary.RIP man.

SCARFACE Akinnawo said...

rip prince

.a Legend indeed

Uju Phil said...

Ok oh RIP

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Rip.

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Why does the dead always gets to be everyone's friend?

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Vivian Reginalds said...

E don do biko
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Iphie Abraham said...

Eyah. Nice one. Rest on Prince









LIB ADDICT#just passing#

Ademola Adeyemi Fashola said...

May his soul rest in perfect peace of ALLAH AMEEN,i'll miss his golden voice.

Linda please don't allow any body whether my people yoruba or hausas or igbos to advice you on what to do on your own blog or by advising to stop posting freeborn's comment unless you are a child.
The boy call STERN comment should be censored,commenting as an idiot always commenting what will attract people's attention instead of the topic on ground,censor his meaningless comment.
I don't know the idiot call freeborn but the way my people here in lagos and the ones in Britains are rushing to read his comment you will think if they are insane.
Freeborn is the only reader here that comment what is happening not minding any thing am a yoruba from formal Governor of lagos state family but i and my people all over love reading his comment alone.
For those that hate freeborn i am apc man,the root of apc is in me but i don't care freeborn the idiot is the best commenter as far this blog concern,hate me or not that's your business.
I was reading news in Facebook the other day,i saw how this so called freeborn curse some one all because the guys are abusing Linda over wizkid issue please Linda kilode oo leave this guy you can censor the one they call stern because his comment is immature thanks!!!!

I MUST WIN LINDA GIVEAWAY said...

Is it just me or Tyler perry just confirmed that he is GAY... Spent private time , made eye contact OK ooo

Vera Oluaoha said...

What a beautiful tribute to a Prince

PrettyChi said...

Hmmmm

Bello Ajibola said...

This man was a gay.Or was he a transgender?

Bello Ajibola said...

Prince ,you should have repented before death took your soul.So sad you died without repentance and worshiping God.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Awwwwwww! So touching! Linda take note!

El Fidel said...

Very touching.
RIP

Teemah Salau said...

So sad...may his soul rest in peace!

christie benjamin said...

With a face like this am pushed to ask...was he gay?? Yeah, I know d code "never speak ill of the dead" thingy. #justcurioustho.

Pretty face said...

Touching. May his soul rest in Peace

Jamila Shaibu said...

Hmmmmmm

JOYOUS said...

WOW! MAY HE RIP

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Anonymous said...

All these african americayns that do not add 2 kobo to the price of garri,they do not care about black africans,why all the noise about a man that could not get his shit together.
Pls all u black ameicans park well,what is our own with prince?????see me oh!!!,inferiority complex wan kill my people for naija,wetin be una own with prince,him be legend,so f**king what!!
Black americans do not dignify us with original BET awards,why should we care,they see us differently,even chibok girls the stood in their comfort zones to cry for,all the while they knew where some of the girls were,yet if it is their own citizen it would be a different story.
God bless buhari on his stand on not devaluing the naira.

Anonymous said...

People and senseless comments... he was royal, he was regal and your only thought is if he was gay????
People

ugo gerald said...

You sha like Tyler linda

Anonymous said...

The love for Tyler prompted d hit on d video director that looks a bit like Tyler...lol

Anonymous said...

It is not Just you. I thought so too. The write up screams GAY!!!!

Anonymous said...

Prince is an awesome talent but most of your followers here Linda don't know about him,folks here knows only new school music.Nice tribute from Tyler.Check out enzyhub.com for news,sports & entertainment

Chinemelum Ralph Nwabueze said...

A Beautiful soul with a large heart of gold ... Leaving behind foot prints that will remain evergreen RIP PRINCE... And for you Tyler thanks for making this part of your encounter known to the world ... It was indeed a meeting of two great minds set to inspire yet to be known greater minds alike....Once again a million thanks to you Tyler for the short dirge to the Prince with the large of gold.!!

Chinemelum Ralph Nwabueze said...

A Beautiful soul with a large heart of gold ... Leaving behind foot prints that will remain evergreen RIP PRINCE... And for you Tyler thanks for making this part of your encounter known to the world ... It was indeed a meeting of two great minds set to inspire yet to be known greater minds alike....Once again a million thanks to you Tyler for the short dirge to the Prince with the large of gold.!!

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