Titled “Goodnight, Sweet Prince,” the show’s Jimmy Fallon-hosted tribute recalled Prince’s multiple appearances throughout SNL‘s run; on the books, he was a three-time musical guest in 1981, 2006 and 2014. The special also re-aired a few sketches in which Fred Armisen played the legendary rocker.
To top off the evening, Fallon introduced a bit of never-before-seen (or at least rarely seen) footage from Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special afterparty in 2015: a totally unplanned performance of “Let’s Go Crazy.” As Fallon explained, SNL boss Lorne Michaels made instruments available for anyone looking to play — which is just what you do when you have guests like Paul McCartney in attendance — and Prince eventually took the stage.
(For those wondering, SNL returns May 7 [11:30/10:30c] with host Brie Larson and musical guest Alicia Keys.)
Hit PLAY on the afterparty performance below — this particular video was not an official NBC release — and drop a comment with your thoughts.