Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened their concert in Brooklyn with a powerful performance of ‘Purple Rain’ in tribute to Prince. You can see the video and photos of the moving rendition of the late music legend’s iconic song.
Tributes have been pouring in from musicians as they take to the stage in the aftermath of the sudden and shocking death of Prince at age 57 at his Paisley Park Studios near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This time around it was Bruce Springsteen paying homage to a contemporary and a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. At Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the latest concert stop on the ongoing The River Tour, with the stage lighted dramatically in purple, the rock legend and his E Street Band opened their concert with a powerful performance.
According to Forbes, he introduced the song, saying, “Whenever I saw Prince, I left the show humble.” And, as he concluded, Bruce Springsteen said, “Prince forever. God bless.”
And that just about sums it up. The musical genius whose scope and influence extends for decades in pop music and in pop culture has left an inestimable legacy, some of which, reportedly is in the vault in Paisley Park. But for now, as his music once again dominates the iTunes charts around the world, and the legendary ‘Purple Rain’ movie was re-released in theaters, this is just one of what will be many tributes.
While Springsteen and Prince never collaborated, their iconic albums, ‘Born in the USA’ and ‘Purple Rain’ coincidentally were released in the same year, 1984, within weeks of each other.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been paying tribute to other legends that we’ve lost this year, including David Bowie. Springsteen knew Bowie back in the 1970s before he himself rose to international fame, and as he delivered a tribute performance of ‘Rebel Rebel’ during a concert, he spoke about their friendship. Also this year, he and the band paid tribute to The Eagles’ Glenn Frey, with a cover of the classic ‘Take It Easy.’
Thankfully this powerful tribute has been captured on YouTube and you can see several of the videos below, along with the photos as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform Prince’s ‘Purple Rain.’