Mumford & Sons' Ted Dwane: "Prince Was A Total Force To Be Reckoned With"

21 April 2016, 20:41 | Updated: 21 April 2016, 21:26

Prince and Ted Mumford Split Screen

The bassist has shared the mood from Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, where the band are on tour.

Mumford & Sons' Ted Dwane has called Prince "a total force to be reckoned with".

The bassist of the British band spoke to Radio X just minutes after hearing the sad news of Prince's passing, while in the singer's hometown of Minneapolis. 

Talking about the When Doves Cry singer's influence, Dwane said: "Aside from a childhood respect for his music and for him as a musician and as a pioneer, that kinda developed into something deeper... which is just a respect for the first hand witnessing of his sincere support of new musicians and his furthering of our artform"

Asked if the atmosphere was strange in the late singer's hometown, he said: "It definitely is, especially around the music community.

"The mood is a little bit weird. Everyone is a bit sad, basically."

The bassist, who vowed the band would play a Prince song at their gig tonight in the city, added: "He was a total force to be reckoned with.

"Thankfully it's raining here in Minneapolis, which is very suitable I think. Just the right weather for a day like today."

Meanwhile, footage from what is thought to be the final concert of the star has surfaced online, with the singer performing a heartrending rendition of his Purple Rain single.