In 2004, George Harrison was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the induction ceremony, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and a few others performed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The rendition isn’t anything to write home about through the first three and a half minutes.
But then at 3:32 is when Prince magically appears on stage out of nowhere and obliterates the song, building, planet, and universe with a three minute guitar solo. The rest of the performers reprise the chorus five times during it. It’s an awe-inspiring performance.
And after he’s finished? He throws his guitar in the air, where it undoubtedly exploded into a flock of doves, and then walks off the stage. No bow, no staying for the applause, no nothing. He knows he rocked the faces off of everyone there; he doesn’t need to hang around for acknowledgment.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is an awesome song written by an awesome Brit, but this is all-American master shredding.