Bruce Springsteen Performs 'Purple Rain' in Tribute to Prince: Watch

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Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during the Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band In Concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Jan. 31, 2016. 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band paid their respects to Prince by opening their Saturday night show (April 23) with a cover of "Purple Rain."

Bathed in purple lighting and donning a purple scarf, Springsteen -- playing the first of two shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center -- took the stage, strumming the opening chord and leading the band into a reverential version of the 1984 hit. The group normally opens the show with "Meet Me in the City," but made an exception at the New York venue.

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Especially poignant was the blistering guitar work of Nils Lofrgren, who played an elongated solo before Springsteen led the crowd in a sing-along. 

"Prince, forever," Springsteen said at the end. "God bless!"

Watch the video, shot by Stan Goldstein, below.