Bruce Springsteen pays tribute to Prince with a passionate cover of Purple Rain to open his show April 23, 2016, at the Barclay’s Center in New York.
Springsteen and the E Street Band walked on stage underneath purple light, the first sign that the show would mark Prince’s passing. Band members wore purple: ties, shirts, and scarves. And their body language conveyed sadness. Once they took their places, Bruce began a tribute to a departed musician, his third this year (Bowie, Frey).
Sounding markedly subdued, Springsteen dedicated the evening’s music to Prince. “There was no one better,” Springsteen said, citing his comrade’s skills as a songwriter, bandleader, showman, and arranger. “Whenever I caught one of his shows, I came away humbled. I’m going to miss that. I’m going to miss him.”