Bruce Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, David Gilmour & More Pay Homage to Prince
You weren’t the only one shouting along to “Let’s Go Crazy” and dancing in the aisles at the local multiplex during Purple Rain over the weekend. The death of Prince hit all of us really hard, especially the singer’s musical peers.
From Coachella to Denmark, heartfelt tributes to the Purple One just keep coming, with everyone from country stars Chris Stapleton and the Dixie Chicks to Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to Coldplay’s Chris Martin to indie acts Mac DeMarco and Yacht trying their hand at honoring the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Here are some of our favorite ones:
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour mashed up “Comfortably Numb” with “Purple Rain.”
Billy Corgan played an acoustic version of “The Cross.”
Liz Phair’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in New Orleans.
Dixie Chicks in Denmark with “Nothing Compares 2 U”
Chris Stapleton took a run through “Nothing Compares 2 U” in Berkeley.
Chris Martin played “Raspberry Beret” with eighth graders at the Chords 2 Cure Benefit show.
Maya Rudolph and her Prince cover band Princess played “Let’s Go Crazy” at the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest.
Mac DeMarco posted a bit of the “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” cover he’s working on.
Meanwhile, Yacht worked up a cover of “Annie Christian” from 1981’s Controversy.
Coachella was packed with tons of tributes as well, including LCD Soundsystem taking on “Controversy”
Jack U mixed in “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and other Prince songs into their set.
Sufjan Stevens and Gallant with “Purple Rain.”
Ellie Goulding’s “When Doves Cry.”
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Mavis Staples called Prince her “son” and “the most beautiful spirit that I have ever met” and then sang “Purple Rain.”
Joey Bada$$ mixed in some “1999.”
And, of course, Bruce Springsteen’s epic “Purple Rain.”