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article imageReview: Bruce Springsteen honors Prince with 'Purple Rain' cover

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 25, 2016 in Music
Brooklyn - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen opened his concert at the Barclays Center on April 23 with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain."
This version features Bruce Springsteen on lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, as well as Roy Bittan on piano and electric keyboards. In addition, Jake Clemons plays the saxophones, percussion, vocals, while Charlie Giordano handles the organ and electric keyboards. Nils Lofgren plays electric and acoustic guitar, pedal steel, vocal, and Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, is featured on backing vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion. Garry Tallent plays bass, with Soozie Tyrell on acoustic guitar, violin, percussion and vocal. Finally, producer Stevie Van Zandt plays electric guitars, mandolin, vocal, with Max Weinberg on drums. The song was recorded by John Cooper and mixed by Jon Altschiller.
"Prince, forever. God bless," Springsteen shouted, towards the end of the song.
Fans can check out Springsteen's version of "Purple Rain" as a free download on his website, by clicking here.
The Verdict
Overall, Bruce Springsteen has done a superb job, tipping his hat to the late musician Prince with "Purple Rain." Springsteen, who is affectionately known as "The Boss," did this song more than justice thanks to his rich, haunting and raspy vocals. It garners an A rating.
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