Wonder, Khan wow Prince tribute crowd
Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan had the crowd partying like it was 1999 all over again at a tribute concert to Prince on Thursday night, a show fans and his family hoped would provide closure after his death at age 57 in April of an accidental painkiller overdose. Khan brought Wonder onstage at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., to duet on Prince’s “I Feel for You,” a 1984 hit for Khan. Wonder, wearing a suit and purple shirt, got the sold-out audience cheering with his signature harmonica riffs before the two performed Prince’s hit “1999,” with the crowd clapping and dancing along.
On the outdoor plaza before the concert, fans wearing purple shirts, scarves and the occasional raspberry beret milled about, and some danced.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman read a proclamation declaring Thursday Prince Day in Minnesota’s capital. President Barack Obama delivered a taped message as the concert opened.
Prince’s younger sister, Tyka Nelson, described the concert as a public memorial to Prince, who died at his Paisley Park recording complex.
“I want them to get some closure,” Nelson said of Prince’s fans. “It takes time to kind of get over it, and I see that they are grief-stricken.”
She said there “definitely” will be future concerts.
Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder help celebrate Prince’s life at a concert Thursday night in St. Paul, Minn.