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.
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.