Prince sure knows how to bring in the noise and bring in the funk, and he did both during his takeover of "The Arsenio Hall Show" Wednesday night. The Purple One even played a new song, "FunkNRoll," that's expected to appear on his upcoming studio album "Plectrumelectrum" with 3rdEyeGirl. (There is no release date yet.)
Except for Hall's monologue, the entire show was devoted to the 55-year-old performer, who sat down for an interview and, with the help of New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, also blasted out another new tune, "Mutiny," and a lesser-known track, "She's Always in My Hair."
Speaking of which, he revealed his one major pet peeve: "Strangers touching my hair," he said.
According to People, fans were lining up six hours ahead of time to get into the Prince-focused "Arsenio" taping, which lasted for two hours.
During the show, he also spoke with audience members and Hall on a variety of topics, including that he'd want to be a teacher if he weren't singing. He also revealed that he doesn't have a cell phone ("everybody I know has one") and that he can cook. "But only one thing. Omelets. All my friends have high cholesterol."
But what he didn't really get into was details on touring or new releases. After revealing that one of his new tunes, "The Breakdown," is a favorite of his, he said, "One of the things that we try to do, though, is wait until we have other songs that go together with our favorite. That's why it takes a long time to come out with new albums these days. You know, not being under contract, there's no rush to do (an album)."
"The Arsenio Hall Show" airs weeknights. Check the website for local air times and stations.