Tons of celebrities and performers showed up to Howard Stern’s 60th Birthday Bash in 2014. But perhaps the most talked-about moment of the night was when Adam Levine took the stage to perform an epic rendition of “Purple Rain.” In the days following Prince’s death, the folks at “The Howard Stern Show” decided to release Levine’s performance online, in tribute to the legendary singer.
Joined by the rock band Train, it’s Levine who stole the show and blew everyone away. Most people know the Maroon 5 frontman for his silky smooth pop vocals, but did you know he’s also an incredible guitarist? Pulling off the guitar solo in “Purple Rain” is no easy feat, even for a seasoned guitar player, yet Levine destroyed it in the best way possible. He played it with such confidence and ease, and it’s amazing to watch him take complete control over such a widely celebrated song. The solo begins around 3:45.
Prince has inspired so many musicians, including Adam Levine. After Prince passed away on April 21, 2016, Levine told People, ”[I'll remember] just the great times that we had and just constantly being inspired by how he did things his way [and] never let anybody deter what he wanted to accomplish creatively and musically. As a musician, I can’t tell you how much that’s rubbed off on me.”
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