CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer paid tribute to Prince with a performance of the legendary singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer’s classic song “Purple Rain” on April 30 at the M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Prince’s body was discovered on April 21 in the elevator of his Minnesota estate Paisley Park. The sheriff’s office later released a statement saying they were “continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death,” but had no further details. Foul play and suicide are not suspected.
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.
Keifer and his bandmates (Tony Higbee on guitars and vocals, Billy Mercer on bass and vocals, Paul Simmons on drums and vocals, Paul Taylor on keyboards and vocals, Savannah Keifer on vocals, percussion and piano, and Kendra Chantelle on vocals and percussion) recently entered a Nashville studio to record with four-time Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Vance Powell (ELLE KING, CHRIS STAPLETON, JACK WHITE). The new tracks will be featured as bonus material on an expanded, deluxe edition of Tom’s solo debut, “The Way Life Goes”, set for release later this year. The package will also include the original album that was remastered by Richard Dodd (KINGS OF LEON, JASON ALDEAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM), a bonus DVD with video extras, a documentary about the creation of the bonus tracks, and exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions.
“The Way Life Goes” sold 5,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on in April 2013 via Merovee Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).