Purple Rain 30th Anniversary!

Celebrate PURPLE RAIN's 30th Anniversary.
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Purple Rain — released 30 years ago today on June 25, 1984 — brought everything together for Prince, and the music world was forever changed. The album not only fused rock, funk, gospel, soul, and dance music, but, as the soundtrack for the film of the same name, Prince influenced fashion, sexuality, and staging, and set the bar for what defined cool. But unlike a lot of fusions of music and pop culture, Prince also did a solid for the guitar, taking thrilling, Hendrix-inspired solos on the album that were also replicated in the film's boisterous concert sequences.

Wanna homage to the purple one's awesome guitar histrionics? Take Guitar Player's "Ten Ways to Play Like Prince" lesson here.

Check out Donna Grantis, Prince's current co-guitarist in 3rdEyeGirl here.

Watch Prince and 3rdEyeGirl play "Let's Go Crazy" from Purple Rain...