In the wake of Prince’s death, many famous musicians have chosen to pay tribute to The Purple One by performing covers in their live shows, like Bruce Springsteen, who opened a show in Brooklyn with a cover of “Purple Rain.” The latest artist to pay his respects is Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who did a joyous cover of “Raspberry Beret.” There’s just one difference this time around: he performed the song with a band of 8th graders.
At the Chords For Cure benefit in Santa Monica, California, Martin was the special guest, and he joined the 8th grade band A-Side on stage for a cover over the classic Prince track. Martin sang the song as a duet with a young cancer survivor named Jaxon. Apparently, the kids were a bit too young to be familiar with the song, which was released in 1985. Before the performance, Martin joked that he had to educate the kids in Prince knowledge before teaching them how to play the song. Chances are they were a bit more familiar with the Coldplay track “Twisted Logic,” which was also played during the performance. In any case, these kids have gotten a great listen in Prince 101, and from a pretty famous teacher to boot.