Prince: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Publish Date
Thursday, 21 April 2022, 11:15AM

In 2004, while being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Prince joined an all-star version of the Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps, backed by Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and George Harrison's son, Dhani. He keeps to the sidelines until the final two minutes, when he steps forward to deliver one of the most breathtaking guitar solos you've ever seen.

Amazingly, Prince never rehearsed this moment with the band. At a run-through the night before it was Jeff Lynne's guitarist, Marc Mann, who took the solo.

"Prince doesn't say anything, just starts strumming, plays a few leads here and there, but for the most part, nothing memorable," recalled Joel Gallen, who directed the ceremony.

But when the big moment came, Prince stole the show. He later claimed he had never even heard the song before it was sent to him to learn for the performance.