Prince Covers for Clapton on All-Star Performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in 2004


How would you like to have to fill Eric Clapton’s shoes on a much-loved classic rock track?

The thought alone would probably intimidate most of us. But if your name happens to be Prince, the job probably doesn’t sound too daunting.

In the video below, the Purple One does some blazing lead work on a live performance of the George Harrison–penned Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” on which Clapton famously performed lead guitar. 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 doesn’t enter until 3:28, but when he does, the whole performance steps 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.)

Prince recently announced he’ll release his new album, HitNRun: Phase One, on September 7. The album will be released in an exclusive partnership with Jay Z’s Tidal high-quality streaming service, and will include Prince’s recently released single, “Hardrocklover,” featuring his backing band, 3rdEyeGirl.