Coachella 2016 Weekend 2 Recap: Artists Pay Tribute to Prince
Before the first day of the second week of the Coachella festival, iconic singer Prince died, and is mourned by the world. With that, different artists paid tribute to Prince on Friday and Saturday.
That night, instead of changing light shows on the palm trees, the venue was filled with purple lights the whole evening since purple is the trademark of Prince. Prior to the performance of LCD Soundsystem, the "Creep" version of Prince was played and the quote "From now on This is Prince's House" was flashed on the screen, Billboard reported.
LCD Soundsystem with frontman James Murphy performed a funky version of "Controversy." Joey Bada$$ played some parts of "1999," Ellie Goulding sang lines from "When Doves Cry," Sufjan Stevens sang "Purple Rain" while Gallant sang lines from "Diamonds and Pearls" with guest Jhene Aiko. Diplo and Skrillex concluded their Jack Ü set with the symbol of Prince music on their screen.
Meanwhile, soul singer Mavis Staples shared some stories about meeting Prince and even sang an a cappella of "Purple Rain's" chorus.
“Yesterday I lost a dear friend. He was my son … my angel. … I’m talking about Prince,” the 76-year-old R&B singer said, according to News.com.au. “I was on [his label] Paisley Park for seven years. During that seven years, I adopted him. He was the most beautiful spirit I ever met. He was a gentleman. … He was respectful.”
On Saturday, Ice Cube dedicated his entire show to the iconic singer saying, “To an icon in music and entertainment, I would like to dedicate this show to my man Prince Rogers Nelson."
Guns N’ Roses also paid tribute to prince by lighting their drum kit with purple while the white bass guitar of Duff McKagan flashed the Prince Glyph symbol on it. The band performed included "Don't Cry" and "The Seeker," which wasn't played on Coachella's first weekend.
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