Members of Guns N’ Roses, Halestorm, Slipknot, Jane’s Addiction, Shinedown and many more acts are among the scores of musicians and other artists who have expressed their shock and grief over the unexpected death of legendary singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer Prince, who died unexpectedly at the age of 57 on Thursday (April 21st) in his Minnesota home.
Reports of Prince’s death began surfacing Thursday morning and were soon confirmed by his publicist. At press time the death was being investigated and a cause of death had not yet been announced. The singer was said to be ill with the flu in recent weeks
- Prince’s death comes only days after he said he wasn’t feeling well, causing the cancelation at least one concert in Atlanta. He eventually played the city, after which his plane made an emergency landing. At the time, his publicist said that he was “fine and at home.”
- Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and he won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film Purple Rain, in which he also starred.
- He recorded some 39 studio albums, recording and touring prolifically even after a very public battle to get out of his major label contract threatened to derail his career.
THE DEATH OF PRINCE: ROCKERS REACT
Corey Taylor (Slipknot): “And today started out so well…#god#F**king#DAMNIT”
Mike Portnoy (ex-Avenged Sevenfold) wrote: “Now Prince…..?? This year has been absolutely BRUTAL! Prince, Bowie, Frey, Emerson, Kantner, Bain, Martin, Shandling….Carpe Diem everyone!”
Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) wrote: “I’m in shock and deeply saddened- just found out Prince died. RIP to one of the MOST talented and unique artists of our generation.”
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) wrote: “RIP Prince. Rock n Roll Heaven sure is putting together an amazing supergroup.”
Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) wrote: “From one 6/7 to another 6/7… Rest in peace, Prince!”
Rob Zombie wrote: “This is what it sounds like when doves cry.”
Krist Novoselić (Nirvana) wrote: “Prince — A giant talent that gave me many hours of musical pleasure.”
Travis Barker (Blink-182) wrote: “Rest in peace to one of my favorite artists of all time. Haven’t loved an artist as long or as consistently as I have Prince. My dream was to one day collaborate with him or play drums for him. To me he was truly a musical genius, a true original. Rest in Peace.”
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) wrote: “What do we do now? PRINCE. No. I hope you weren’t in much pain…your music saved me time and again.”
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) wrote: “One of the greatest, most gifted and unique musicians, performers and producers ever.”
Josh Todd (Buckcherry) wrote: “As a kid I listened to nothing but punk rock until I went into my sisters room and saw the love sexy album cover, he changed me. I love him.”
Brent Smith (Shinedown) wrote: “I don’t care if you’re religious or not… All I know is that there is gonna be a party in heaven tonight… And it’s gonna rain purple.”
Paul Stanley (Kiss) wrote: “THIS is a profound, profound loss… RIP PRINCE.”
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Prince blaze through Foo Fighters, Queen and Jimi Hendrix during his Super Bowl XLI performance in 2007:
ASK YOUR LISTENERS:
- Were you a Prince fan? What are your thoughts on his death?
- Even if you’re not a fan, do you agree that Prince is a massively influential and accomplished artist?
- Can we ever begin to replace or even equal all the musical giants we’ve lost this year?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth and others — agree or not?
Bill Hogue wrote: “Growing up listening to metal you still had Purple Rain…respect beyond respect to Prince Rogers Nelson!”
Jimmy Stokes wrote: “Great to see the respect from the rock and metal community. I think the only person of our generation that was bigger than Prince was Michael Jackson. Both gone far too early.”
Marcus Giegerich wrote: “While he was never my cup of tea, I’ve always had worlds of respect for this guy. His genius was undeniable. That Prince’s work touched so many of us is a wonderful thing. Yes it’s sad. But it’s also glorious that such a person was here to influence us all.”
Lane Denson wrote: “I have yet to meet a musician who doesn’t appreciate Prince’s immense talent, even if they’re not necessarily a funk/R&B fan. Another legend gone too soon.”