*It’s a known fact that Prince left a memorable impression on many of the people he met.
For Tyler Perry, his first meeting with the music icon in 2004 more than fit the bill as it included a hilarious lesson in what not to do to keep his audience interested in him.
“About 12 years ago, I was playing the Kodak Theater in LA. I was on my way to the theater when my phone rang,” Perry posted on his Facebook page. “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!!!”
Continuing his story, Perry mentioned that Prince did roll up in his limo later that night, with a smile on his face (and no lawyers). Turns out, the entertainment mogul didn’t have anything to worry about as Prince revealed that the was actually a huge fan and stayed on the scene to watch Perry’s show.
It wasn’t until Perry made eye contact with the Purple One at one point during his performance that things got crazy.
“So, I queued the band to start playing Purple Rain and had someone bring Prince the microphone in the audience … BIG MISTAKE!,” Perry recalled. “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!!”
Concluding his funny story, Perry offered a touching reflection on Prince’s gifts and legacy.
“He gave us so much of his genius that it is impossible to forget that he walked this planet… Thousands of years from now the world will still know that Prince was here. Travel well my beautiful friend”