Tribute Came Just Days After Prince’s Loss of life
Within the days, weeks, and months following the death of Prince, tributes poured in from everywhere and it felt like we’d heard each conceivable spin on his music. Whereas some opted for spirited dance parties in celebration of a life well lived as within the case of the cast of Hamilton, others like Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour opted for a tribute that celebrated part of Prince’s career that he could relate to more than anybody: his guitar playing.
Just days after Prince’s dying on April 21st, Gilmour took the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a performance in honor of the Teenage Cancer Trust and surprised the viewers when he segued from “Comfortably Numb” right into a blistering spin on Prince’s “Purple Rain,” by no means saying a word or giving any indication that that night time’s show would be a bit of different.
Bathed in fluorescent purple light, you can’t even particularly see Gilmour within the video beneath, however that’s the point; the moment wasn’t about David or Pink Floyd, it was about a musician whose influence and once in a lifetime skill to make a guitar sing made an indelible mark on the world, and in taking the focus off of himself Gilmour allows for his guitar to do the speaking and the music to do what it’s always done – make us really feel.
Check it out within the video beneath and as always, enjoy!