Paul McCartney became the latest rock superstar to pay tribute to Prince on Wednesday night when he played one of the singer’s most beloved hits while performing in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis. During the first gig of a two-night stand at the Target Center, the former Beatles told the crowd, “Thank you Minneapolis, thank you Prince,” after ripping off a double-time version of “Let’s Go Crazy.”
A projection of Prince’s iconic love symbol filled the screen behind Macca, who told the crowd, “so many beautiful songs, so much beautiful music. And he’s your guy!” According to Minnesota Public Radio, earlier in the show McCartney said he was dedicating the show to Prince and described spending New Year’s Eve with the “Purple Rain” singer at a show in St. Barts.
“I’ve been a fan of Prince’s a long time, and I’ve been to many of his concerts in London,” McCartney said. “But I was very lucky this New Year’s Eve. He played a little show in a little club, and I happened to be there, so we saw the new year in together. It was beautiful. God bless you, Prince!”