Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Various Artists: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

In 2004, the late George Harrison was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A number of artists performed Harrison’s song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” during the ceremony. I have chosen this version of the song for Tasty Licks Tuesday because of Prince’s stellar guitar solo at the end of the song.

Among those on stage, lead vocals were handled by two of George’s Traveling Wilburys mates: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Petty is playing 12-string acoustic guitar and Lynn a Fender Telecaster. Among the other performers was George’s son Dhani Harrison on acoustic guitar; he is a spitting image of his father. Marc Mann plays the initial lead that Eric Clapton played on the original and in the back is Steve Winwood on organ.

Prince, who was also being inducted on the same night, owns the song’s end with his solo. It just blows me away. I have one question though. Where did the guitar go?

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