Prince: A roundup of the latest news and tributes

prince2Prince’s death is still the talk of the music world and likely will continue to be for the near future as so many fans and artists across the world remain shocked at his sudden passing on April 21. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest news surrounding his death as well as some of the musical tributes that have taken place over the past few days.

154 hours??? Comments attributed to Prince’s brother-in-law Maurice Phillips have raised some eyebrows and perhaps provided another clue as to what happened in the days leading up to Prince’s death. “I was with him just last weekend,” Phillips said, per the Mirror. “He worked 154 hours straight. He was a good brother-in-law.”

Museum on the way The Sun quotes Phillips as saying Prince’s Paisley Park complex will be turned into a museum. “We will turn Paisley Park into a museum in Prince’s memory,” Phillips said. “It would be for the fans. He was all about the fans — this would remember his music, which is his legacy. Prince was always private but would have wanted his music remembered.”

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What might have happened during the emergency landing: There have been multiple reports of an overdose being the reason behind the emergency landing Prince’s plane had to make on April 15. “Prince’s publicist said he had been suffering from the flu, but just six days before his death, he was given a ‘save shot’ after overdosing on the painkiller Percocet,” reported the Daily Mail. “His plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, less than an hour from Minneapolis, during a flight home from Atlanta.”

Tributes pour in: There has been a wide range of artists giving tributes to Prince and covering his songs live in recent days. Here’s a roundup of some of them.

Bruce Springsteen’s Purple Rain, which we posted to our message boards on Saturday, has been seen by over 2 million viewers and counting. Springsteen is making audio of the cover available for free download.

David Gilmour injected “Purple Rain” into his performance of “Comfortably Numb” at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.

The Dixie Chicks performed this emotional cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a concert in Denmark.

Chris Stapleton performed “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a show in California:

Sulfjan Stevens and Gallant performed “Purple Rain” at Coachella over the weekend:

Here’s Mavis Staples at Coachella:

Composer Hans Zimmer gave a tribute to Prince during a show in Germany:

And as we posted last week, Jennifer Hudson led the cast of “The Color Purple” in a rendition of “Purple Rain”:

Clapton remembers:
Finally, one of the most moving remembrances of Prince came from Eric Clapton, who bared his soul in a Facebook post last week.

“I’m so sad about the death of Prince, he was a true genius, and a huge inspiration for me, in a very real way….” Clapton posted. “In the the eighties, I was out on the road in a massive downward spiral with drink and drugs, I saw Purple Rain in a cinema in Canada, I had no idea who he was, it was like a bolt of lightning!… In the middle of my depression, and the dreadful state of the music culture at that time it gave me hope, he was like a light in the darkness… I went back to my hotel, and surrounded by empty beer cans, wrote Holy Mother…. I can’t believe he’s gone….”

Photo credit: By Yves Lorson from Kapellen, Belgium (Prince) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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