Watch Prince cover David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ at stripped-back gig

Cover came during Toronto leg of Piano and a Microphone tour

Prince covered David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ as his stripped-back Piano and a Microphone tour arrived in Toronto this weekend.

The live shows, which see Prince perform without a live band, brought Prince to Canada on Friday night (March 25). Rolling Stone reports that he played 55 songs in two back-to-back gigs at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Bowie wasn’t the only artist Prince covered in Toronto, the mammoth live shows also included his take on Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, Bill Withers’ ‘Use Me,’ Bob Marley and the Wailers’ ‘Waiting in Vain’ and Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts theme ‘Linus and Lucy’ among the more well-loved hits and back catalogue material.

So….. This would be Prince covering Bowie “Heroes”, and really that’s all you need to know about tonight

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Prince recently announced that he will publish an autobiography next year (2017).

The book will be titled The Beautiful Ones, taking its name from a song on 1984 album ‘Purple Rain’, and will span the period from his early life to his Super Bowl XLI halftime show performance in 2007.

The memoir is described in a press release as “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work – from the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination, to the stories behind the music that changed the world”.

The Beautiful Ones is scheduled for release in autumn 2017, published by Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau.