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In 2004, George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show ended with an all-star band playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” led by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and they killed. Marc Mann played Eric Clapton’s solo spot-on, nailing the feel.

Apparently, the show’s producer had asked Prince (who played earlier in the show) if he wanted to sit in. He agreed, but declined to play in the rehearsal, letting Marc handle the solos. So there was a bit of confusion when the band starts the tune.

Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful, heart-rending version, complete with George’s son Dhani on acoustic guitar. Halfway through, Prince appears on stage right holding a guitar, but not playing. The band gets to the outro, and he steps forward to play the closing solo…

I just happened to come upon this video blindly, and remember thinking “I hope he doesn’t fuck this up.” What follows is one of the most astonishing guitar solos I’ve ever heard, and I’m a musician who’s heard a lot.

So without further ado, please enjoy!