When you're Prince, you're pretty much given free rein to stop by wherever you please — even if it's busting up a daytime TV talk show.
The Purple One gave the ladies of ABC's "The View" an unexpected visit Thursday morning (December 9), when he showed up to gift the gab queens with tickets for his Welcome 2 America Tour dates in New York.
The pop legend hung around for a bit, but instead of perhaps giving the ladies a preview of his show by playing a song or two, the "Hot Thing" singer squeezed in at the table for a little "Hot Topics," the show's popular opening segment. Coolly walking out in dark, round glasses, a bedazzled sport coat and a single glove, the singer elicited screams from the audience — and caused "View" co-host and Prince mega-fan Sherri Shepherd to nearly keel over — when he randomly strolled onto the set in the middle of the segment.
"First of all, these are strange hours for rock stars," he quipped upon arrival at the 11 a.m. ET broadcast. The singer then explained that he was in New York for his upcoming shows, and pumped up his band "that plays like a jackhammer." "You gotta come check it out," he said of the December concerts.
The iconic crooner graciously handled the fawning from Shepherd, obliging her with a hug and a "Sherri, I love you."
The ladies also asked Prince about another major fan, Justin Bieber, who once said he wanted to have a career as lengthy as the 52-year-old hitmaker. The superstar gave the teen sensation some sage advice, pushing the importance of staying thoroughly educated about his work.
"The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can, and I hope that he does pick up an instrument and gets a good teacher," he said.
He then prepared to make his exit, saying, "I'mma leave y'all. I haven't had breakfast yet."
But before he skipped out, Shepherd playfully asked the singer for his glove and made one final request.
"I have wanted to make love to you for my whole life," she pouted.
The directness definitely woke up the singer, who sprightly popped up from the table, quipping, "On that note," and then dropped the mic as he hustled off the set as quickly and as mysteriously as he came.
In October, Prince took to Harlem's Apollo Theater to grandly announce the kickoff of his Welcome 2 America Tour, which is slated to feature many of his talented musician pals like Maceo Parker, Mint Condition, Cassandra Wilson and Janelle Monáe.
And in his typically enigmatic fashion, Prince initially declined to give any specific dates, but urged concertgoers to check out multiple shows, which he promised would be exhaustive exercises in gettin' down.
"Come early and come often," he said. "No concert is ever the same." He also advised fans to "bring foot spray, 'cause it's gonna be funky."
Eventually, the first few dates in NYC and New Jersey were released, with the twin Madison Square Garden dates selling out in 30 minutes.
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