The music world continues to mourn the sudden death of Prince, with artists paying their respects to The Purple One by performing touching tribute covers on stage. At Coachella Festival last weekend, several acts performed covers of the late singer’s finest moments – and all of them were a beautiful reminder of his influence on so many genres of music. Prince himself headlined the festival in 2008.
LCD Soundsystem – ‘Controversy’
At the previous weekend of the California festival, the James Murphy-led dance group paid tribute to David Bowie during their headline set with a cover of ‘“Heroes’” and this week they remembered Prince with a full cover of his 1981 single ‘Controversy’ beneath purple lights.
Usher & Major Lazer – ‘I Would Die 4 U’
R&B star Usher joined the EDM giants for a well-executed medley of ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, ‘I Would Die 4 U’ and ‘1999’ as the screens adorning the stage showed animations of purple rain.
Sufjan Stevens & Gallant – ‘Purple Rain’
Indie hero Stevens invited newcomer Gallant on stage for a mesmerising cover of Prince’s most popular song during his set Friday night set on The Outdoor Theatre. The crowd bellowed along for what was a stunning cover – powered by Gallant’s falsetto vocals.
Ellie Goulding – ‘When Doves Cry’
Before launching into her hit ‘Lights’ during her massive main stage set on Friday night, Goulding reworked Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ into a subtle solo ballad. Touching stuff.
Jack Ü – ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’
Diplo and Skrlilex paid their respects to the iconic musician by ending their set with a remix of ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ as images of Prince flashed on the screen. Before spinning the track Skrillex asked the crowd to celebrate the man ‘who wasn’t’ afraid to express himself through his music’ and the punters were happy to oblige.
Mavis Staples – ‘Purple Rain’
The US soul singer gave a touching speech remembering Prince during her set, at one point saying that ‘he was my angel’ before performing an a capella cover of ‘Purple Rain’ The pair worked together on two of her albums when she was signed to Prince’s Paisley Park record label in the ‘80s.