Prince's Timeless Performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Prince is one of my heroes, so you might be wondering why the Prince page on my website is fairly barren.  Well, the truth is, I’d probably have every Prince music video and performance I could get my hands on if I could, but Prince and his legal team make it damn near impossible to for anyone on the internet to post his music and videos.  Well, there is one performance that thankfully is available for the public to consume, and that is of Prince’s epic guitar heroics at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Prince was inducted in the same year George Harrison was honored as a solo artist, and so Dhani Harrison, George’s son, invited Prince on stage for the performance of the White Album classic, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”  I read somewhere that Prince had never even heard the song before, though that’s hard to believe as Prince peeled off one of the greatest and most showstopping flawless guitar solos of all time.  What is especially spectacular about the performance is that the man who played the original solo on the record, Eric Clapton, was a bit of a guitar legend too, so Prince had a lot to live up to.  The thing is, sometimes people forget that Prince is Prince.  The man is rightfully one of the greatest musical geniuses of the pop era, and one of the more criminally underrated ones too.  Rumor has it that Prince played such an insanely great solo in response to the snub he felt after being left off of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 100 guitar players ever list.  Prince proves that he belongs somewhere on that list, perhaps in the top ten, so watch this clip if you’ve never seen it, and take in the “purple’s one’s” majesty of rock.  Oh, and lastly, at the end of the song, Prince hurls his guitar into the sky towards the audience, and it never lands…a new mystery for our time.

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6 Responses to “Prince's Timeless Performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

  1. Candace says:

    Thanks for the infamous video.

  2. Chamrock says:

    Still sends chills down my spine. He is one of the top 10 guitarists of all time. Crazy, crazy, Unbelievable performance!!!

  3. sr says:

    ROLLING STONE made ROLLING STONE look like a dumb box of rocks when it initially left Prince off of the greatest guitarist list. And that was before Prince even performed this solo. Prince’s talent stood as an unwavering testament to just how idiotic Rolling Stone made itself appear. Stone lost major credibility, and dare I say possibly some racism in the midst? Surely the guys at Rolling Stone couldn’t be that dumb? When other celebs hail your abilities and admire them, and does so of you very early in your career (many loved Prince’s guitar abilities on Dirty Mind back in the 70s) you know there is genius in existence. Keep in mind that was maybe 40 years ago of Prince honing and creating excellence of his guitar craft. After Prince performed this “Weep” miraculous feat, live, Rolling Stone was so embarrassed even I felt sorry for them.

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