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Prince spins his purple -- and golden -- touch on 'Lopez Tonight'

April 13, 2011 | 10:47 pm

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The House of Lopez was so full of love for Prince that George Lopez wore purple shoes. Prince, on the other hand, wore a suit of sparkly gold.

The popular musician, who rarely performs on talk shows,  kicked off his 21-day concert residency in Los Angeles by dropping in on tonight's installment of TBS'  "Lopez Tonight." The show airs at midnight.

The show, which has played host to many top musicians, turned to a party as Prince, backed by the New Power Generation and his former bandmate, percussionist Sheila E, drove the studio audience wild, debuting a new song, "Laydown" and a few of his classic hits,  including "The Beautiful Ones."

Representatives for the show said about 2,500 people had requested tickets for the taping.

Lopez told Prince he felt honored that he had chosen the show to kick off his local stint, which begins tonight at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood. Prince in turn praised Lopez for featuring a diversity of cultures on his show.

Future guests on "Lopez Tonight" include Anne Hathaway, Tyler Perry, and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Gary Busey.

-- Greg Braxton    

Photo: Prince performing at 2008 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Credit: Chris Pizello / Associated Press