Hi-Def Footage: Springsteen Opens with “Purple Rain” in Brooklyn

by Steve Spohn
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BruceSpringsteen5 SongMango.comBruce Springsteen opened his sold-out show in Brooklyn Saturday night with a blistering cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” – a high-drama, high-emotion performance that left many in the audience misty.

Every member of the band wore something purple in honor of the beloved late artist, who died April 21st at the age of 57.

Although Bruce does a first-rate job with the vocals, the highlight may be the ripping solo from E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren (check the video at 3:41). At the close of the song Bruce uttered, “Prince forever. God Bless.”

The Boss went on to pay heartfelt tribute to the iconic pop artist who meant so much to so many:

Prince SongMango.comTonight we want to dedicate our show to Prince of course. There’s never been any better, there’s never been any better. Bandleader, showman, songwriter, arranger. Whenever I would catch one of his shows I would always leave humbled. I’m going to miss that and we’re going to miss that.

Springsteen was clearly emotional, and the entire show seemed to have a firm undercurrent of mortality. Simply put, Bruce was on fire.

Here’s a multi-cam mix. Enjoy! And may Prince rest in peace.

Steve Spohn is a former Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon Television executive. Growing up near Princeton, NJ, led to a musical addiction, with WMMR in Philly and WNEW in NYC providing the daily dose. When not attending or planning to attend Bruce Springsteen concerts, he's plugging away as a screenwriter in Beverly Hills. Reach Steve at SSpohn@SongMango.com.