Eric Clapton paid tribute Prince Monday night at London's Royal Albert Hall with his first ever rendition of Purple Rain.
Shortly after Prince's death in 2016 Clapton said in a statement:"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. . . In 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."
Check out the fan footage from the show last night, May 13th 2019. The best part is when the audience sings along.