Watch Corey Taylor Cover Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Onstage in Minneapolis
As the news began to spread Thursday that Prince had died at the age of 57, one of the first members of the rock and metal community to comment on the shocking passing was Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor. On top of being a Prince fan, the rocker happened to be in Minneapolis where Prince first came to fame. So as Taylor took the stage for a solo show at First Avenue, the rocker decided to pay homage to Prince with a cover of "Purple Rain."
As you can see in the fan-shot video above, it's just Taylor with his acoustic guitar as he prepares to open his show. Bathed in purple stage lighting for a good portion of the performance, Taylor hit the right mix of restraint and emotion in just the right places as the crowd cheered him on.
Taylor wasn't done covering Prince, as he first addressed the audience. "In a world where so many people treat music as a commodity, it was always refreshing to know that it was always Prince," said Taylor. "He may be gone, but we have a lifetime of music." After that, Taylor also performed Prince's "Little Red Corvette," which can be viewed at his Facebook page.
Throughout the day, Taylor posted photos to his Twitter account, with one focused on the photo of Prince playing live at the venue and the other with the tributes being laid by fans outside of the venue in honor of Prince. See the posts below:
Police were called to Prince's Paisley Park Estate Thursday morning (April 21) and it was later revealed that he was discovered in an elevator. The first responders on the scene attempted to provide CPR but were unsuccessful. The music legend died at the age of 57. See more tributes to Prince by clicking the red button at the bottom of this post.
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