Noel Gallagher took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late pop icon Prince on the opening night of his latest UK tour last night in Glasgow, as the venue’s operators bathed the outside of the SSE Hydro Arena in purple light in honour of the star.
As reported late on Thursday (April 21st), Prince was discovered dead, reportedly in an elevator, at his Paisley Park home and studio complex in Minnesota at the age of just 57. No cause of death has yet been stated, but tributes have been flooding in from around the music world ever since the news broke.
Noel Gallagher performing at the Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena on April 21st
The former Oasis songwriter, kicking off a UK tour in support of his recent album Chasing Yesterday with his new band the High Flying Birds, blasted the Purple One’s hit ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ over the SSE Hydro’s PA system before the gig, and also dedicated his own ‘Live Forever’ to the singer.
“So, I was in a band once. We had an album called Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and one of those giants was Prince. So you're going to help me pay tribute to the great man and help me do ‘Live Forever’,” he said to the crowd, who dutifully sang back over Gallagher’s simple acoustic guitar accompaniment.
RIP Prince ??Glasgow is paying tribute tonight at the hydro pic.twitter.com/vSOPd6inBO— La Dolce Vita (@ChloeBxo) April 21, 2016
The 48 year old singer had also paid tribute to Prince via his own social media account. He wrote on his personal Instagram page, to his 208,000 followers, “Heartbroken. I LOVED this guy. Can someone please **** off taking all the people I grew up with!!!”
At their own gigs on Thursday night, The 1975 and Mumford & Sons also reportedly made their own gestures of remembrance toward the legendary hitmaker.