I don’t mean to be boring, or to repeat myself, but I can’t just keep writing about Pink, so I fall back on one of my all-time favorites. Sometimes I wonder if this clip is so popular because Prince doesn’t allow his stuff to show up on YouTube, so if you want a fix, you’re left with things like this, where he’s just part of the show.
Ah, but what a part! I’ve seen this a billion times, and this is the first time I noticed him standing off to the side for the first half of the song. I guess I assumed he dropped in from Minnesota just in time to take his solo, and then he walked away when he was done, leaving his guitar hanging in midair (has anyone ever found out what happened to it?).
I mostly just stand in awe of the solo, but someone named Willie Simpson tells a bit of backstory, which may be apocryphal. One story is that when Dhani Harrison asked Prince to join them for the song, Prince had never heard it. I like this one better: “Rumor has it that Prince played such an insanely great solo in response to the snub he felt after being left off of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 100 guitar players ever list. Prince proves that he belongs somewhere on that list, perhaps in the top ten.”
Anyway, here ya go: