Mavis Staples Pays Tribute to ‘My Son’ Prince at Coachella
Soul legend Mavis Staples kicked off her second weekend Coachella festival set with a tribute to Prince on Friday. Calling the late superstar “a dear friend” and “my son,” the music veteran recalled meeting Prince for the first time as she kicked off proceedings at the desert festival.
“He was my angel,” Staples told fans in the Gobi tent. “The first time I met Prince, he came to the Shrine auditorium (in Los Angeles). My family was having a concert… (My sisters) were saying, ‘He’s so cool. He’s so cute. He’s so good-looking.’ I say, ‘I’m gonna play it cool.’ “He came up, and I (screamed) uncontrollably.” Staples, who released two albums as an artist on Prince’s Paisley Park label, then asked for a moment of silence, before leading fans in an a cappella rendition of “Purple Rain.” Rapper Joey Bada$$ also paid tribute to Prince at Coachella on Friday, performing a sample of the late star’s hit 1999 as his famous symbol appeared on a screen behind the festival act. Prince died age 57 on Thursday.