Prince dead: Bruce Springsteen pays tribute by covering 'Purple Rain'

'Whenever I saw Prince, I left the show humbled'

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 24 April 2016 14:54

On the 21 April, the pop world lost one of its greatest icons: Prince. The multi-instrumentalist died at the age of 57, with hundreds of artists paying tribute by covering his many, many hits.

Walking onto stage drenched in purple light, Bruce Springsteen opened the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn with one of Prince’s most popular songs: “Purple Rain”.

“Whenever I saw Prince, I left the show humbled,” he told the audience. “Prince Forever. God bless.”

This isn’t the first time The Boss has paid tribute to a fallen rockstar during his The River tour: on the first night - on the 16 January - he played a stirring rendition of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”. Then, on the 20 January, he performed the Eagles “Take It Easy” following Glenn Frey’s death.

On 14 May, Springsteen and The E Street Band will start their European Tour in Barcelona, including four gigs in the UK. Here’s where to get tickets for the UK shows.

Meanwhile, Prince’s death is being mourned around the world. The icon was cremated in a private ceremony with just his family present.

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