Prince — Piano & A Microphone: “Purple Rain” and “Kiss”

As news of Prince’s death hit yesterday, scores of people wanted to learn more about the singular superstar.

Prince currently was doing surprise pop-up shows all around the world as part of his Piano & A Microphone tour. Even this deep into his career, Prince was selling out venues within minutes and giving audiences a brand new experience by performing solo behind a piano. We’ve gone digging thru the Purple Underground (Prince fans’ bootleg game is no joke!) and found these piano-only versions of “Purple Rain” and “Kiss,” both of which he performed for the first/only time ever this year.


The Piano & A Microphone tour also saw Prince perform a few unexpected covers of other classic artists’ songs, showing off his range and all-around excellent inspiration. Check out his renditions of Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart” and the recently-departed David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

UPDATE: The songs, including the “Batdance (Remix)” we had with Big Daddy Kane, have since been taken down :-/


It’s hard to believe someone who was doing this just two weeks ago is now gone.

Even if you never really got into him, chances are you’re a huge fan of someone (BeyoncéJustin TimberlakeFrank Ocean, etc.) who was directly inspired by Prince to make the art that you love.  Here’s to Prince’s music and influence lasting forever.