Prince plays private show for Madonna

NEW YORK • Prince and Madonna can both sell out arenas, but for one night only, the Purple One played exclusively for the Material Girl.

In an ultra-intimate concert sure to stir envy among legions of fans of the 1980s pop giants, Prince reportedly put on a private show at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota last Friday for Madonna, who hours earlier packed St Paul's 20,000- capacity Xcel Energy Center.

Ms Andrea Swensson, a reporter for local public radio station KCMP The Current, wrote in a blog post that she was among 33 "civilians" who had been summoned to Prince's estate with three hours' notice.

At 1.30 am, Madonna suddenly arrived along with her tour's dance troupe and Prince ripped into a funky set, playing "within a couple yards" of a crowd that in total was around 60 people, Ms Swensson said.

"I had expected her to hang back a bit or maybe be sitting in her roped-off area, but once I stepped a little closer to the stage, I realised that she was not only in the front row, but had also perched on the edge of the stage at Prince's feet, looking up at him adoringly as he sang," Ms Swensson wrote.

At 3am, Prince leaned down and whispered an exchange with Madonna, who departed even as the show went on.

He is known for his non- traditional concerts and, in recent years, has announced shows with minimal notice.

To celebrate the release of his latest album last month, he threw an "international dance party" with fans invited to revel at Paisley Park. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2015, with the headline 'Prince plays private show for Madonna'. Print Edition | Subscribe