Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Purple Haze of Guitar Glory

Surfing around the 'Net last night looking for some Prince cover art, I stumbled across this performance from a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show (not sure which year).  I was a ridiculously huge Prince fan back in the day (if pictures still exist of me in the outfit I wore to the Purple Rain tour back in '84, I can forget about the Supreme Court nomination). Even though some of the passion has faded, I'm truly amazed that I had never even heard about this performance.

Tom Petty's singing lead on all-star jam of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (George Harrison's son is also on stage playing in the background). Anyway, His Purple Majesty just goes to town with about three minutes or so left and, well, see (and hear) for yourself:

I found this on a "Sound Opinions" thread where it was being debated as the "greatest solo ever." Not sure about that, but, damn! It's certainly up there!

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