Do you remember when Prince blew the doors off the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony with his “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” guitar solo? We’ve never been able to forget it either.
So what it someone decided to take the original footage and clean it up and offer a fresh new look at his mesmerizing performance in honor of the late-George Harrison. Prince was inducted in the same class along with the former Beatles legend and used his performance to solidify his reputation as one of the most talented musicians alive. Watching him make love to his guitar was earth shattering.
You remember what we’re talking about. The one that left Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Dhanni Harrison almost speechless in its wake.
When Prince died a few years ago, the original clip was shared all over social media by a new generation of fans who didn’t realize that he was the one of the greatest rock guitarists of all-time.
A brand new edited version of the performance has surfaced on YouTube from Joel Gallen, who produced the original broadcast. Gallen has waited for years to edit a new cut of the performance, and the new version puts more emphasis on Prince’s solo in comparison to the original broadcast.
The conclusion proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Prince was not only the GOAT but a performer cut from a very different purple cloth.
17 years after this stunning performance by Prince, I finally had the chance to go in and re-edit it slightly – since there were several shots that were bothering me. I got rid of all the dissolves and made them all cuts, and added lots more close ups of Prince during his solo. I think it’s better now. Let me know what you think. Joel.