Prince returns for Essence's 20th celebration

July 5, 2014 4:21 AM

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Prince returns for Essence's 20th celebration

NEW ORLEANS -- Uttering his signature, "We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life," Prince opened his set for the 20th celebration of the Essence Festival and showed thousands Friday why a 10-year wait isn't a bad thing.

As the first licks of "Let's Go Crazy," rang throughout the Superdome, thousands in the audience — already on their feet in anticipation — stayed there until the final rifts of "Purple Rain" left the air.

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