Friday, April 22, 2016
Watch :: Pearl Jam pay tribute to Prince with 'Purple Rain' cover
As the music world reacted last night (April 21) to the shock passing of Prince at the age of 57 yesterday, many around the globe took to social media to express their condolences, or as Pearl Jam did, honour the iconic musician by playing a cover of one of his songs.
Playing at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam's frontman, dedicated 'Light Years' to Prince, along with a few instrumental bars of 'Purple Rain' during 'Yellow Ledbetter'.
Vedder also spoke of the singer, saying:
"The shocking news of the day was losing an incredible musician. All of us on this stage can tell you. That guy loved music so damn much. He never stopped playing, never stopped writing, never stopped recording, never stopped creating. He was dripping with songs. They’d go into the shower after he took a shower and there’d be three songs laying there. And of course, I’m talking about Prince. All of us up here were incredibly fortunate to see him a number of times over the years. Some of us got to meet him a bit. He was an intense cat. If there was anyone I thought would be playing when he was 80, 85, it would be him. So today was a real shock. People know him from the ways he looked, and the different ways he looked, and some of the things he said – a lot of different things to remember him by. You just saw some great guitar playing [by Mike McCready]. But Prince was probably the greatest guitar player we’ve ever seen. He was amazing. He will be missed."