Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Prince With 'Purple Rain' Performance

04/25/2016
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(Radio.com) 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."

This past week, 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.

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." Read more here.

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