Watch Bruce Springsteen pay tribute to Prince with ‘Purple Rain’ cover

Live version of classic single performed in New York

Bruce Springsteen opened his New York gig on Saturday by performing a passionate version of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’.

The Barclays Centre in Brooklyn was bathed in purple light for the start of Springsteen’s gig. He will play two nights in New York as part of his current world tour.

Many artists have paid tribute to Prince since his death, either on social media or during live performances. Noel Gallagher dedicated ‘Live Forever’ to him during a gig in Glasgow while Mumford and Sons and The 1975 also made nods to the late star as news of his passing broke.


Meanwhile, President Barack Obama stated “Today, the world lost a creative icon” while musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry lead the tributes on social media.

SEE MORE: Prince: June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016. The NME Obituary

As reported, Prince died at his Paisley Park home on Thursday aged 57. He was found collapsed in a lift at his home, which doubled as a studio. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am on Thursday. A postmortem has been carried out but no cause of death has yet been confirmed.

Born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, the singer went on to release 39 studio albums over a music career that lasted nearly 40 years. He rose to world fame in 1982 with the release of fifth album ‘1999’, and achieved worldwide success with his sixth, 1984’s ‘Purple Rain’, which was certified platinum in countries including the USA, UK, Australia, Switzerland and France.

Last year he released two albums, ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two’, and was recently reported to be in the middle of writing his memoir, ‘The Beautiful Ones’.