South Station Will Be Showered in a Purple Rain to Honor Prince

The artist passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday.
Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince', 'TAFKAP' Hop Farm Festival, Paddock Wood, Kent, England 3rd July 2011 performing live on stage in concert gig singing playing CAPmar/MediaPunch/IPX

Prince Photo by CAPmar / MediaPunch/ IPx

South Station will be illuminated in purple on Thursday night to pay tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Prince Rogers Nelson.

The legendary artist passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday morning, according to his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure. Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator when police arrived on the scene, responding to a medical call from the music icon’s Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

South Station will be showered in a “Purple Rain” on Thursday night to honor Prince on behalf of the city of Boston.

Clear Channel Outdoor, which operates the station’s lighting and advertising, will begin the light tribute starting at 7 p.m. The station will maintain its purple glow throughout the evening and overnight.

In addition to South Station, the Zakim Bridge will also turn purple on Thursday night.

According to, Gov. Charlie Baker will allow the state’s Department of Transportation to light the bridge in its own “Purple Rain” tribute.

Government Center and the Worcester-Shrewsbury Burns Bridge are set to be showered with purple lights as well.

Matt Juul Matt Juul, Digital A&E Writer at Boston Magazine

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