By Christopher Scapelliti
Prince didn’t just make Eric Clapton disappear at this performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” He made his guitar vanish too.
Granted, anyone playing lead on this classic Beatles cut would be excused for thinking their every note is being compared to what Clapton played when he made his guest spot on the song’s original 1968 recording. The thought alone would probably intimidate most of us.
But if your name happens to be Prince, you just decide to take the song for yourself and make everyone forget the original.
As you can see in the video below, the Purple One does some masterful lead work on this live performance of the George Harrison–penned Beatles classic. Prince joins Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Harrison’s son Dhani as they perform the song for Harrison’s posthumous 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Prince’s big moment comes at 3:28, where he takes the whole performance up several notches, thanks to the intensity of his playing and the energy he brings to the stage. (Check out the slick stage move at 4:45.)
But what’s truly surprising—and confusing—is the disappearing act Prince performs at the very end with his guitar, which astute fans have told us is a Tele-style H.S. Anderson Mad Cat. He tosses it up in the air, and… Where did it go? Check it out.