Huge crowd fills Red Rocks for tribute to Prince

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MORRISON, Colo. -- It has been three weeks since pop superstar Prince died and Thursday night, Colorado paid tribute to him the best way it knows how, with a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre .

The sold-out event at the 9,000-seat venue was hosted by the Denver Film Society as part of its summer Film on the Rocks series. It quickly added a showing of "Purple Rain" to the lineup after the star’s death. It also invited several local musicians, including the Flobots, to play Prince songs as a tribute.

“To be part of the Prince tribute was, to do it was an honor,” Flobots drummer Kenny Ortiz said.

Hours before the event, Prince fans dressed in purple dotted the rows at Red Rocks, waiting for a night no one hoped would come this soon.

“When this happened, like three or four weeks ago, it was pretty hard on our whole family,” Prince fan Dan Stratford said.

His family is from Minnesota and his young daughters are pint-size Prince fans too.

“He’s just really good at singing and I think he could play every instrument and he could pretty much do anything,” Eva and Juliette Stratford said.

The girls were singing along during the sound check and knew every word to every song.

“It’s like the closest thing we could get to a concert since he’s not here anymore,” Eva said.

The crowd cheered and sang along to the iconic songs on Colorado’s iconic stage. The event was a celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince.

“He inspires me to just kind of be me because he was always just himself,” Eva said.

The tribute was Colorado's way to say goodbye to the only man who can turn Colorado’s signature Red Rocks purple.

“I’ll bet there won’t be a dry eye in the house,” Stratford said.