STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis paid tribute to legendary artist Prince by performing a cover version of “When Doves Cry” during his May 14 concert Stoney’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
Prince died on April 21 at his home in Minnesota, but no cause of death has been identified just yet. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that his death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose.
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.
Lewis recently completed work his third country release, “Sinner”, which he hopes to issue during the summer on Dot Records, part of the Borchetta Music Group. He recorded the 11-song set in a 16-hour session in Nashville with producer Buddy Cannon and musicians including pedal steel virtuoso Paul Franklin, guitarist Brent Mason, bassist Kevin “Swine” Grantt and multi-instrumentalist Jim “Moose” Brown.
“It sounds like country music, which these days is pretty rare, for a ‘country artist’ to actually put out country music,” Lewis told Billboard. “The majority of the record is one take, sometimes two takes. The vocals are the scratch vocals. I never redid them; those are the vocals I laid down while they were laying their tracks down, and it’s raw and it’s real and it’s very unproduced and exactly how I wanted it to be. I’m not a fan of what’s for the most part coming out of Nashville these days. It’s pop music; it’s not country music.”
“Sinner” also includes a track sung by Lewis’ 13-year-old daughter Zoe, on which he sings harmonies.