Prince, who's headlining the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this weekend, possesses many musical gifts, perhaps none greater than as a rock-star-style guitarist. Rolling Stone rated him 33rd of the 100 greatest ever while citing the performance in the video below as evidence.
This version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was a tribute to George Harrison at his posthumous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a solo artist in 2004. The players include Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, and Jeff Lynne, as well as Prince, whose presence barely registers during the first half of the song. At about three-and-a-half minutes in, he emerges in a red chapeau and takes over the show.