There was a special, six-hour tribute to Prince on April 22 as Devo remembered the life and music of the acclaimed artist who passed away at the age of 57 on April 21.
In the late 1970s, Prince embarked on what would one day become an iconic, innovative career, as he blended funk, rock and glam with no shortage of erotica — especially during his live performances. Early on, he released a handful of critically well-received albums, but didn’t gain a Top 10 placement until 1982 when his 1999 went to No. 9.
By 1994, thanks to his top-charting Purple Rain — which was boosted by a pair of No. 1 singles, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy” — Prince became an international star. Two other tracks from that release, “Raspberry Beret” and “Purple Rain” would go to No. 2.
In February, he opened his “Piano & A Microphone Tour” — a completely scaled down approach to live performance where he eschewed a band, opting to go solo on piano, playing two shows a night, each averaging around 25 tracks covering his entire career with no shortage of interesting cover songs added to the sets which usually changed with show. He played a handful of North American dates in February before making appearances in Australia and New Zealand.
He played what would ultimately was his final show on April 7 at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Only hours later, the charter he was on made an unscheduled landing in Moline, Ill., where he was treated in an emergency room for what was initially reported to be suffering from effects of the flu. Prince, according to later reports, left the hospital less than an hour after receiving treatment for an alleged drug overdose, despite his representatives claiming the stop was flu-related.
His death remains under investigation.
Prince released nearly 40 albums and 100-plus singles in his career.