Bandleader Jon Batiste also shared a story of working with the legend

By Christian Holub
April 22, 2016 at 11:35 AM EDT

Tributes to the late, great Prince, who died at age 57, came in droves Thursday night, and late-night talk shows were no exception. Stephen Colbert, for one, worked with his team to turn the Late Show set purple for the evening.

“Besides being a beautiful artist, not many people are as influential to be known by one name, let alone one color,” Colbert said. “But he was, so in a small gesture of respect tonight, we’d like to change the set in his honor.”

Colbert also brought bandleader Jon Batiste to the couch to tell his story of working with Prince. According to Batiste, Prince had a special talent for commanding a room — and for spotting unwelcome cellphones.

“He had a certain kind of way of being aware of what was going on,” Batiste said. “I remember one time we were backstage and I was talking to him, and without even looking in the direction, he just points his finger and goes, ‘Courtesy.’ And then you look over there, there’s five people over there, you don’t know what he’s talking about. Then you turn, and there was a cat with his phone filming our conversation. And he figured out through everything that was going on backstage, musicians playing and everything happening, ‘Courtesy, put the phone away.’ Then he said, ‘Down.’ Cat put it down. ‘In your pocket.’ Put it in his pocket. ‘Thank you very much. Okay Jon, so how are you?'”

Watch the clip below.

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