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The last time Prince played Biloxi

FILE - In this April 7, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Orange Bowl during his Purple Rain tour in Miami. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
FILE - In this April 7, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Orange Bowl during his Purple Rain tour in Miami. Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday, April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

BILOXI -- Former Mississippi Coast Coliseum director Bill Holmes saw thousands of shows during his tenure as the venue's director, but he said he will never forget Saturday, May 1, 2004.

That was when Prince performed in Biloxi.

"It was a top-notch show," Holmes said.

Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world simply as Prince, died Thursday at his home in Minnesota. He was 57.

Holmes said Prince's show on the Coast was sold out.

"That show did very well and the crowd loved it," he said. "It was a great show."

According to a Sun Herald report, Prince went through three costume changes. He played both guitar and piano throughout the night.

"It was a very high-energy show," Holmes said. "The production value of it was excellent -- the lights, the sound, the stage -- all of it."

Prince had released the album "Musicology" in April, and he was touring to promote it.

It was his 28th studio album. A CD of the album was given to everyone who purchased tickets to shows, including those who attended his Biloxi show.

Prince's Biloxi set list contained songs from "Musicology" as well as a generous sampling from his body of work, such as "Raspberry Beret" and "Kiss," with a couple of covers such as "What a Wonderful World" and "Soul Man" thrown in for good measure.

"My wife and I went," music fan and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, "and it was one of the best concerts I ever attended. He was a virtuoso musician -- he played everything -- and I left with a great appreciation of what an amazing musician he was."

Although Prince had a reputation in the press for being notoriously shy and at times difficult, Holmes said it was all smooth sailing at the Coliseum.

"We really appreciated him being there -- he was a superstar," he said. "When you have a superstar like that, you just let them be and do their thing and try to keep the contact to a minimum."

After an encore that included "The Beautiful Ones" and "Nothing Compares 2 U," a song he wrote that was made famous by Sinead O'Connor, Prince took his final bow in Biloxi.

"I love you all so much. What a good time. For real, for real, for real," he said before closing the two-hour show with a full version of "Purple Rain."

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