After the heartbreaking news of the passing of Prince, Tony and the rest of the world took to social media to express their personal stories and condolences. He shared an incredibly personal and touching tribute and throwback photo of himself outside of First Avenue in Minneapolis and reflected on how he’s leaned on Prince and his music throughout his life, including the passing of John Spence.
— Tony Kanal (@Tonykanal) April 21, 2016
Thatâ€™s a 22 year old me standing outside of the First Avenue club in Minneapolis. We were about to play on the stage that Purple Rain was filmed on. My life was made. I tried to sit down yesterday and put into words how influential and inspiring Princeâ€™s musicianship and artistry have been to me. I couldnâ€™t. The news was too fresh and raw and just unbelievable. And because no words seem to do justice to how important his music has been in my life. Iâ€™ve been hooked on him since 1984. And for the past 32 years, rarely did a day go by when his songs werenâ€™t part of my daily soundtrack. There are so many memories. The first time I saw him play live (The Forum in Inglewood on February 23, 1985). The time we all sat around and listened to â€œSometimes It Snows In Aprilâ€ when John Spence died because Prince made us feel better. That night in 1997 when he came to check out our show in Minneapolis and then invited us back to Paisley Park afterwards for a tour and jam session. The time we returned to Paisley Park to work on â€œWaiting Roomâ€ with him. And there are so many more. The shows. I was privileged to see so many. Honestly, I couldnâ€™t get enough. He floated. He transcended. He channeled something bigger than all of us. You came away feeling humbled and inspired. And you tried to tell everyone what you witnessed, but once again, words were not worthy. The conversations. There were a few. Most of them awkward because I was usually at a lack of words in his presence. But I did have the chance on a few occasions to tell him how much his music meant to me and Iâ€™m really glad I did that. I never thought about Prince not being here. Just seemed like he would outlive us all. His energy and passion onstage was limitless. Iâ€™m sad that my girls will never have the chance to see him play live. But Iâ€™ll be playing them his music forever and telling them how much it means to me. I cry collective tears with the rest of the world today. Paisley Park is in my heart. Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish life was never ending, And all good things, they say, never last
Prince. We will always be grateful for your music and for being able to work together. We will miss you greatly. https://t.co/kVIfYCIPYd
— No Doubt (@nodoubt) April 22, 2016
No Doubt notably collaborated with Prince on “Waiting Room” which appears on the Rock Steady album. Gwen also appeared on the track “So Far, So Pleased” from Prince’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic earlier in 1999.