Sadly, Prince, the musical artist, has been confirmed dead today at the age of 57. For a quick look back at the highlights of Prince’s musical career, you could do worse than to check out Pitchfork’s coverage of his death. Here at Ink Tank we like to find weird and interesting things on the web, so in honor of one of the most creative people in showbiz, we’d like to take a different approach.
Namely: check out Prince’s guitar solo in this all-star cover version of The Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, shot at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. The song starts a bit ho-hum, of as massive all-star TV jams usually do, with musicians such as Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison, all wanting a slice of the show.
Then, at 3 minutes and 25 seconds, everything changes as Prince arrives and drops a stunning, virtuoso guitar solo on top of the already catchy song. The distinctly Harrisonesque tune, from on the fab four’s unnamed ‘White Album’, is known for its crispy guitar, originally played by none other than Eric Clapton on the record.