Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute to Prince, Opens with ‘Purple Rain’

By Brian Ives 
UPDATE: Springsteen has offered his cover of “Purple Rain” as a free download from his site. Click here to pick up your own copy.

Bruce Springsteen has always been an artist to pay tribute to both his heroes and peers. Sadly, he’s had to do that a number of times on his current tour, covering the Eagles’ “Take It Easy” in tribute to Glenn Frey; he’s also covered David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”

Tonight, at New York’s Barclays Center, he opened his show with a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

Springsteen and Prince started their careers in the ’70s, but became pop superstars in the ’80s; in the summer of 1984, both artists had hugely successful albums: Springsteen with Born in the U.S.A. and Prince with Purple Rain. 

Related: Chris Cornell, Tori Amos, Drive-By Truckers on How Bruce Springsteen Got His Groove Back

The respect was mutual between the two artists: in a 1990 Rolling Stone article (via Backstreets), Prince said, “I’m not real into Bruce Springsteen’s music,but I have a lot of respect for his talent.”

The article went on to say that the two artists occasionally exchange notes; in recalling a Springsteen concert he saw from backstage, Prince said, “I admire the way he holds his audience — there’s one man whose fans I could never take away.”

He also noted a respect for Springsteen as a bandleader: “At one point, his band started going off somewhere. Springsteen turned around and shot the band one terrifying look. You know they got right back on it!”

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