Prince, Petty & Winwood Honor Harrison at Rock Hallby Best Classic Bands Staff
The inductees at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were a truly star-studded group: Jackson Browne, The Dells, Prince, Bob Seger, Traffic, Jann Wenner and ZZ Top. And George Harrison, for his post-Beatles solo work.
When it came to honoring the “Quiet Beatle” at the induction ceremony, held at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, on March 15 of that year, an all-star lineup took to the stage to perform Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Among those onstage were Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, who uncannily resembles his father.
Petty and Lynne share lead vocals. And although we don’t even recognize him until a brief appearance shortly after the 2:00 mark, it’s fellow ’04 inductee Prince who steals the show with an absolutely blistering guitar solo. From 3:28 on, it’s all Prince and the joy on Dhani’s face is something to behold.
The performance becomes a celebration of Harrison’s life and career, less than three years after his untimely death on November 29, 2001.
We first shared this with our readers in November 2015. When Prince passed on April 21, 2016, it began to show up all over the Interweb.
If you’ve never seen this performance, you’re in for an absolute treat. And if you have, well, then you already know this Classic Video is one to enjoy again and again. And we always ask ourselves: Where did Prince’s guitar go at the end?!?