walk softly and carry a big guitar

I just happened upon 7 Unexpected Moments of Guitar Awesomeness and skipped to the number one moment of unexpected awesomeness. The guitar player is Prince. And, what makes it awesome is how shamelessly Prince steals the all-star performance (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison) of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” during this George Harrison tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a explanation of the moment:

You may not agree that Prince is THE greatest six string assassin walking the streets today, but if you know anything about the guitar, you at least know he deserves to have his name mentioned amongst the best. Top five, top twenty, top fifty, whatever. He gets a spot.

That’s how I feel anyway. Rolling Stone, apparently, does not. And they said so when they released their list of the top 100 guitar players of all time just weeks before both Prince and Rolling Stone Magazine founder Jann Wenner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In their opinion, Prince wasn’t even in the top 100.

Is there any proof that Prince’s molten-hot solo on that hall of fame induction night’s all-star jam performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” had anything to do with him being snubbed from that list? No. But come on now, this is Prince. He doesn’t just show up for no reason. Until it came time to destroy the stage with that solo, most people didn’t even know Prince was onstage at all. On this night, Prince was on a mission.

Prince kicks in with his 3-minute guitar “solo” around 3:21. There are a couple awkward moments where Tom Petty tries to keep singing the song, but realizes he’s been waylaid by a very big ego in a very small package wearing a red felt fedora and heels.

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