On April 14th, Prince performed two intimate final concerts at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre – days before his death at age 57. The shows, part of his “Piano & a Microphone” tour, spanned Prince’s discography and incorporated a slew of covers (including David Bowie’s “Heroes” and Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”). A full recording of the second concert is available to stream via Soundcloud, Idolator reports.
The show climaxed with a cathartic, crowd-assisted “Purple Rain.” As People confirms in a video snippet from the concert, Prince apologized to the crowd for a previous cancelation due to an illness, noting, “I was a little under the weather.”
We weren’t supposed to use phones at Prince in ATL last week, but I couldn’t resist. Last performance of Purple Rain pic.twitter.com/6FjkJTksJO
— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) April 21, 2016
Janelle Monae, who attended the concert, tweeted her mind-blown reaction: “Prince. In Atlanta. At the FOX Theatre. With just a piano. Greatest ever. RE inspired all over again.” Cee Lo Green also bowed in Twitter reverence, writing, “Of course we’re at the #Prince show! What do you think I am crazy!”
Hours after the Atlanta performance, Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing in Quad City, Illinois due to a health issue, and the singer was rushed to the hospital. Sources later explained that he was battling dehydration and the flu. However, Prince remained active – and positive – on Twitter, linking reviews of the Atlanta gig and hyping that weekend’s Record Store Day.
Following the announcement of Prince’s passing, musicians of all genres have praised the Purple One for his technical skill, songwriting prowess and idiosyncratic image. “There was a mystique about him that made you want to know a little more about him,” said Aretha Franklin. “Kind of like Stevie [Wonder], he was one of those artists that loved to go into and stay in the studio.”
Pearl Jam honored Prince during their Thursday show in South Carolina. Frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd, “People know him from the ways he looked, and the different ways he looked, and different things he said – a lot of incredible things to remember him by. But I gotta tell you, and you just saw some great guitar playing. Prince was probably the greatest guitar player we’ve ever seen.”