Tilda Swinton Remembers Two 'Dream' Encounters with Prince: 'He Was Like Mozart'
Prince died at his Minnesota home on Thursday. He was 57
At the premiere for her new film A Bigger Splash, Swinton, 55, recalled the time she saw the music icon perform shortly after she arrived in New York.
“Years and years ago in the mid eighties when I first came to New York a friend of mine took me to Nell’s. Nell’s was the most fantastic club run by Nell Campbell. Little Nell” Swinton said. “And I was super jet lagged and my friend said, ‘No Hang, hang on.’ I wanted to go home to bed.”
Good thing Swinton hung around, as she recalled that Prince showed up at the club after his performance at Madison Square Garden.
“At midnight or maybe even later Prince turned up having played Madison Square Garden for three hours or something like that,” she added. “And he played for a further three or four hours for about 60 of us. He played about 15 instruments; he was like Mozart. Amazing musician. Really extraordinary.”
If the intimate concert from the “When Doves Cry” singer wasn’t amazing enough, Swinton also remembered visiting Prince’s house after the Oscars, along with the likes of Stevie Wonder, who gave his own performance while there.
“When we went to the Oscars, we ended up at his house, which is an amazing sentence to say,” Swinton said. “And Stevie Wonder was singing “Superstition.” It feels like a dream.”
Swinton is among many others who have paid tribute to Prince over the course of the day.
Fans and celebrities alike paid their respects in person at Prince’s Paisley Park estate and on Twitter where stars including Chris Rock, Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Shonda Rhimes shared their feelings.