D’Angelo, Maya Rudolph, Gretchen Lieberum Perform Haunting Prince Tribute for Jimmy Fallon (Video)

“The Tonight Show” pays homage to the Purple One with a melancholic rendition of “Sometimes It Snows in April”

Last Updated: April 27, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

Prince fan Jimmy Fallon had a very special tribute for the late singer Tuesday night, five days after the music legend died at his Minnesota home on April 21 at age 57.

After sharing a story earlier in the week about how he played ping pong with the Purple One, the “Tonight Show” host paid homage to the “Purple Rain” singer with the help of D’Angelo, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum.

The trio performed “Sometimes It Snows in April,” from the soundtrack to Prince’s 1986 film “Under the Cherry Moon.”

The haunting ballad has been suggested by some sentimental fans of proof that Prince predicted his own death 30 years ago, as the lyrics detail the demises of his character, the film’s protagonist, Christopher Tracy.

“Sometimes it snows in April; Sometimes I feel so bad; Sometimes, sometimes, I wish that life was never-ending; and all good things, they say, never last,” the trio sang in their touching rendition Tuesday.

“I often dream of heaven and I know that Prince is there,” D’Angelo continued, tweaking the original lyrics to add the songwriter’s name. “I know that he has found another friend. Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow.”

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Rudolph and Lieberum are actually part of a Prince tribute band called Princess, and they did an extra special show for their idol Saturday night at the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival in Austin, Texas.

On Monday, Fallon and the Roots bandleader Questlove told a hilarious story of how Prince decided to challenge the late night host to a game of ping pong just after Fallon’s wife had given birth to their daughter.

Fallon had to decline the invitation the first time, as any good husband and new father would. But you can only refuse him for so long. Prince’s team texted Fallon the very next night and said that Prince was waiting for him at a ping pong club in New York.

“SNL” also honored Prince on Saturday with a special clip show, but a compilation of old sketches built around “The Prince Show,” featuring former cast member Fred Armisen impersonating the pop star, offended some viewers.

Watch video of D’Angelo and Princess’ melancholic performance above.

“The Tonight Show” airs at 11:35/10:35c on NBC.


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