A video of Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine performing “Purple Rain” has gone viral in the wake of Prince’s death.
Levine sang the rendition during Howard Stern’s 60th Birthday Bash in 2014. Levine was joined by the band Train, and he was also able to pull off the “Purple Rain” guitar solo.
This week, after Prince’s death, Levine spoke about it.
“[I’ll remember] just the great times that we had and just constantly being inspired by how he did things his way [and] never let anybody deter what he wanted to accomplish creatively and musically. As a musician, I can’t tell you how much that’s rubbed off on me,” Levine told People magazine.
Levine said that he considered Prince his friend.
“[I] didn’t get to see him enough, you know, especially towards the end,” he said.
Other artists also mourned his passing.
Added Pharrell Williams: “It’s just really hard to imagine that someone only on this planet 57 years could just have that kind of emotional intelligence and depth in his music the way that he did. It’s so much music and so layered and so many styles. It’s heavy and I feel like now that we’ve lost him, there’s a hole in the ether.”
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was found unresponsive in his mansion’s elevator on Thursday. He was pronounced dead about 25 minutes later.
An autopsy was done on Friday, but the results haven’t been released.
(H/T – Littlethings)