With the stage flooded in purple light and fans singing along, Bruce Springsteen opened his concert in Brooklyn on Saturday with an E Street Band-backed rendition of Prince’s most recognizable hit, “Purple Rain.”
Springsteen is among several performers paying musical tribute to the late rock star, who died on Thursday at his home at the age of 57.
Here are some of the highlights:
Mariah Carey fought back tears as she sang her 1995 single, “One Sweet Day,” in Paris on Thursday night in honor of Prince. She told the audience about her friendship with the late star, saying, “He talked me through some times when I really really needed somebody,” and also led them in a moment of silence. “He was an incredible person,” she added.
Elton John told a funny story during his Saturday night show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, recalling how he spotted Prince one time at their hotel rolling in after a late-night party at 8:15 in the morning — when John was setting out to play tennis. “You were a purple warrior,” added John. “We loved you. We salute you,” he said before he sang “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” as images of Prince appeared above the stage:
While Van Morrison played at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, a familiar symbol appeared in the sky:
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“Prince” was also etched into the sky at Jazz Fest as Pearl Jam played.
Sufjan Stevens and Gallant performed “Purple Rain” at Coachella over the weekend:
Jennifer Hudson led the room in a passionate interpretation of Prince’s “Purple Rain” following a performance of “The Color Purple” on Broadway on Thursday, as TheWrap earlier reported:
Also on Broadway, the cast of “Hamilton” got a dance party going on stage to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”: