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Prince and Nile Rodgers cover David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”

on July 06, 2014, 11:58am

Offstage at this weekend’s Essence Festival, Prince found himself embroiled in a rare beef with R&B singer Lil Mo after his team reportedly prevented her from using the bathroom. (Prince still got the last laugh, though.) Onstage, however, everything was business as usual, as he delivered a ferocious 24-song headlining headlining set. “You know how many hits I got?” he reportedly asked the audience after performing 14 hit songs in a row.

What’s more, Prince made a surprise appearance during Nile Rodgers’ set, joining the Chic leader on guitar for a cover of David Bowie’s 1983 single “Let’s Dance”, a song which Rodgers co-produced. Watch fan-shot footage below.

Following the performance, Rodgers brought his excitement to Twitter:

Here was the setlist for Prince’s headlining performance:

Setlist:
Let’s Go Crazy
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
U Got the Look
Cool
When Doves
Sign O’ The Times
Hot Thing
Controversy
1999
Little Red Corvette
Nothing Compares 2 U
Kiss
Funknroll
Act of God
What Have You Done for Me Lately
(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up?
Partyman
Sometimes It Snows in April
The Bird
Jungle Love
The Glamorous Life
Purple Rain
Days of Wild

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