It was Purple Rain, the album, which knocked Born In The USA from the #1 spot of the album charts in 1984.
Towering icons of the 80s, Bruce Springsteen and Prince seemed to occupy different musical worlds, but Bruce like seemingly everybody else, also loved and respected Prince.
He and the E Street Band put together a respectful and moving tribute by opening their show at Brooklyn's Barclay Center with a cover of the song "Purple Rain". No stranger to the musical tribute to the recently deceased, he had previously acknowledged both David Bowie and Glen Frey on The River tour, both as a part of the encore.
For Prince, he decided to open the whole damn show with his tribute, with the stage lit in dramatic purple, before exclaiming "Prince forever! God Bless". Watch superb, front row (?) video from Stan Goldstein.