“She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be,” singer says of former protégé and girlfriend, Evangelist Denise Matthews.
Prince paid tribute to his former protégé Denise “Vanity” Matthews at the Melbourne, Australia concert of his Piano and a Microphone tour on February 16th, the day after it was revealed the Vanity 6 singer and his ex-girlfriend had died. “I just found out a little while ago that someone dear to us has passed away, so I’m going to dedicate this song to her,” Prince told the audience before performing a solo take on “Little Red Corvette.”
Given the time difference between Melbourne and Los Angeles, Prince learned of the Born Again Christian’s death just as he was set to take the stage for the first date of his solo tour. Throughout the evening, Prince admitted he was struggling with the news – “I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight. Just keep jamming,” he told the audience, news.com.au reports – but frequently referenced Matthews in his set list.
Prince ended the tribute with she would want us to celebrate her life not mourn it.