Mavis Staples Pays Tribute to ‘My Son’ Prince at Coachella
“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.