With the sudden and unexpected passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, aka Prince, yesterday morning, the world was stunned.
At 57 years old, his death caught us all off guard and left a big purple hole in our hearts.
The past year, or so, has not been kind to the world music. We have seen the passing of Denise Matthews, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Maurice White, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Joe Skyward, Brad Kent, Lennie Baker, David Bowie, Blowfly, Scott Weiland, and Lemmy Kilmister. Adding Prince to that list just makes it all the more painful.
A number of artists have paid tribute to the late musician, and one would expect even more will come flooding in over the coming weeks.
Here are some of the performances we found, honoring the late Mr. Nelson.
Hamilton cast dance in tribute to Prince.
The cast of The Color Purple cover Prince’s Purple Rain.
Chris Cornell covered Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U about a month ago, and he shared it again this morning. The pain in Cornell’s voice makes this touching tribute all that more special.
Pearl Jam with Purple Rain last night in South Carolina.
Gotye covers Sometimes It Snows In April a cappella.
Mumford & Sons cover Nothing Compares 2 U, at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN.
Prince and his team were quite stringent with controlling what performances existed on various media streams. They limited what was out there, and served take down requests to most live recordings that were posted by the public. The unfortunate side effect of that control, is that there are not that many live videos of the musician out there online to watch.
Some of the more famous performances exist, so if you have never watched them you need to take a few minutes and absorb the majesty that was Prince.
Joined byTom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others performing While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. The effortlessness with which he played the guitar was both aesthetically and sonically beautiful.
Performing during the Superbowl XLI halftime show back in 2007, while it poured rain.
Performing at American Music Awards back in 1985.
We are saddened about his passing, hopefully sharing some of his music will help to ease that pain.
Back in 2013 we were lucky enough to be inviting down by his team to watch he perform at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. It was incredible.
Check out our review of Prince @ The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver – 2013.
Rest in peace Prince. You brought love and creativity to the world.