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Bruce Springsteen Opens Brooklyn Show with Prince's "Purple Rain"

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Saturday night (April 23), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band paid tribute to Prince, who died Thursday at age 57.

In fact, the Boss actually opened his show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with an emotional rendering of Prince's "Purple Rain."

The highlight of what is clearly a heartfelt performance is Nils Lofgren's guitar solo, which sets sail at 3:40. It is proof positive that Lofgren can deliver intense, emotional solos that send listeners’ hearts skyrocketing. It's a fine tribute to a supremely gifted performer.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.