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Adam Levine’s Incredible 2014 Cover Of Prince’s Purple Rain 


Adam Levine and Pat Monahan From TrainThere have been many memorable tributes to Prince since his untimely and unexpected death a few days ago. 

However, this cover of Purple Rain featuring Adam Levine and Pat Monahan’s band Train pretty much blew my mind. It was performed in 2014 at a birthday party for Howard Stern. The Howard Stern Show unveiled this video as a tribute to the iconic genius who ruled the world with his musical artistry since 1978. 

I first heard about this video via Billboard.Com:

The Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach was not only a musical peer to Prince — he says he was “lucky to call him a friend.” He told People that he’ll remember 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,” Levine added.”

You know, life can be so strange at times. As life moves on and you are no longer considered youthful and current, one starts to feel irrelevant. I am sure that, even though Prince was still working tremendously hard – quite possibly too hard given the suddeness of his death – he couldn’t help but notice all the talent emerging around him.

He was still a valued musician, to be sure. But the millennial age has produced musical phenomenons such as  Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Beyonce etc., forcing the musical landscape to shift in a new direction. To a new sound. And a new icon in music. 

So, I thought it was wonderful to see Adam Levine and Train, all much younger than Prince, give such a momentous performance of Purple Rain. They both learned from the best in the business and it shows. 

And check out Adam Levine’s solo midway through this video. I knew he could strum a mean guitar but this solo was a jaw-dropper. Incredible!  

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “Adam Levine’s Incredible 2014 Cover Of Prince’s Purple Rain ”

  1. I wonder if Adam will perform this, this week on the Voice as a tribute?

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  2. Hmm. Good question Vonnie. I am sure they will do something as a tribute to Prince.

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  3. I suspect we will see the four judges / coaches doing Purple Rain.

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