Bruce Springsteen Performs "Purple Rain" in Tribute to Prince

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"Prince, forever," Springsteen said at the end of his performance at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band paid their respects to Prince by opening their Saturday-night show with a cover of "Purple Rain."

Bathed in purple lighting and donning a purple scarf, Springsteen — playing the first of two shows at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center — took the stage, strumming the opening chord and leading the band into a reverential version of the 1984 hit. The group normally opens shows with "Meet Me in the City," but it made an exception at the New York venue.

Especially poignant was the blistering guitar work of Nils Lofgren, who played an elongated solo before Springsteen led the crowd in a sing-along.

"Prince, forever," Springsteen said at the end. "God bless!"

Watch the video, shot by Stan Goldstein, below.