Prince Beyond Talented - Amy Brooks

It was the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the late great George Harrison. Another dead singer, songwriter, guitarist and legend.  As this list keeps growing so does the weight of my heavy heart.

I must say after the shock of Prince's death today at the age of 57, I just keep finding myself saying "I just can't believe it, I just can't even believe it".  So I wanted proof of his greatness.  Proof of why this upsets me so.  Of course I only know his music and films and voice and songs, I never knew the man but somehow after such an artist who's works you know intimately, dies, you FEEL the loss.  You just do.  Like Michael and Kurt and Layne and George and Jim (Morrison) and Bowie etc etc etc before him, it matters.  The legends behind their music matter.

So I searched for proof of Prince's greatness which didn't take long. and I settled on this. Here I have cued up a small sample of it (his greatness).  And as I did, I realized, in a room full of the best musicians this man stands out, alone.  On a stage filled with icons he is simply the most iconic.  In case you had forgotten just how fucking bad-ass Prince was at playing the guitar I am here to remind you of it. His guitar doesn't merely weep gently, it screams in delight.

The rest of us are the ones left to weep.

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others -- "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. Visi...