This is heartbreaking. After learning that his ex-girlfriend and protege, Vanity, had passed away on Feb. 15, Prince gave a special tribute to the late singer during his concert and remembered her with an emotional speech. Get the scoop here.
It’s been an incredible difficult couple of days for Prince following the death of his ex, Vanity, but the show must go on. The legendary singer is out on the road while grieving his close friend and protege, so he made sure to honor her while performing on Feb. 16. Find out what he said here.
Prince was playing at the State Theatre in Melbourne the day after Vanity’s death. “Someone dear to us has passed away,” he said on stage. “I’m gonna dedicate this song to her.” From there, he went into his tune “LIttle Red Corvette,” and transitioned into “Dirty Mind,” which are both songs from the 80s, when they dated. He also changed the lyrics to his song The Ladder, replacing the name ‘Electra’ with ‘Vanity,’ in another subtle tribute, according to the Herald Sun.
“I am new to this playing alone. I thank you all for being so patient,” Prince told the crowd after his encore. “I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight. Just keep jamming — she knows about this one.” He then sang “The Beautiful Ones,” and changed the words from “my knees” to “Denise, Denise,” which is Vanity’s real name.
“Can I tell you a story about Vanity?” he added. “Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.” So sad and such a beautiful way to honor Vanity’s memory.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Prince’s tribute to Vanity?