“From now on, this is Prince’s House.” The powerful words appeared onscreen before LCD Soundsystem’s tribute to the music icon.
Prince reigned supreme at Coachella on Friday as the second weekend of the music and arts festival kicked off.
LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, Jack Ü, Mavis Staples, Joey Bada$$, Sufjan Stevens, HÆLOS, Gallant and others honored the music legend, who died in his Minnesota home recording studio on Thursday. The Friday artists covered famous Prince songs like “When Doves Cry” or dedicated their hits to the legendary artist during their sets.
Headliner LCD Soundsystem performed a cover of Prince’s 1981 classic “Controversy” from a stage swathed in purple light as purple-lit palm trees swayed in the breeze on the polo grounds.
Prior to their set, the main stage’s three large screens played Prince’s famed rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” during his 2008 Coachella gig. There was a small memorial — consisting of flowers and a purple “Prince RIP” sign — to The Purple One at the Coachella gates under the banner for the 2008 lineup.
The reunited Brooklyn band also remembered another fallen music icon: David Bowie. LCD Soundsystem sang the same cover of “Heroes” last weekend.
Ellie Goulding, meanwhile, performed an acoustic version of Prince’s 1984 hit “When Doves Cry,” singing a bar before performing her single “Lights.”
Sufjan Stevens teamed up with Gallant to perform Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Gallant also covered “Diamonds and Pearls” during his own set earlier in the afternoon with Jhené Aiko.
Staples, who was once signed to Prince’s Paisley Park Records, got emotional before delivering an a cappella take on “Purple Rain.” “Yesterday, I lost a dear friend, my son. I’m talking about Prince. He was my angel,” Staples told the crowd before asking for a moment of silence.