Watch Minnesota Vikings honour Prince with ‘Purple Rain’ tribute

Late singer passed away earlier this year

The Minnesota Orchestra and gospel group The Steeles paid a special tribute to Prince last night (September 18) by performing a rendition of ‘Purple Rain’.

The Minnesota Vikings, who the singer was a fan of and even wrote ‘Purple And Gold’ for the team in 2010, were playing their first NFL game of the season at their new home, the US Bank Stadium.

At half-time, the tribute was paid to Prince with the entire field lit up in purple. You can watch footage of the performance below.

Following his death, the team said at the time: “We will forever be proud and grateful that he considered himself a Vikings fan.”

U.S. Bank Halftime Show (Tribute to Prince – Purple Rain) from The Famous Group on Vimeo.

The official tribute concert for Prince was recently confirmed at the late singer’s home state.

The show on October 13 is at the 18,500-capacity Xcel Energy Centre in St Paul, Minnesota, is being billed as an official tribute following Prince’s death in April.

It will be headlined by Stevie Wonder, with other acts including Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Tori Kelly, Bilal, Anita Baker, Doug E Fresh, Mint Condition, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield.

Also on the bill are Morris Day And The Time, who played Prince’s rivals in his films Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge.

The bandleader for the concert is Morris Hayes, keyboardist with Prince’s old backing band New Power Generation, while Prince’s most recent band 3rdEyeGirl will be the in-house backing band.

Tickets for the concert went on sale on today (September 19) via Ticketmaster’s American website. A Twitter account, @Prntributeoct13, has been set up to give updates on the show.
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