The incredible Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony all-star jam of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison is one of the most iconic moments in that ceremony’s history. Seventeen years later, the ceremony’s director has released a new video cut of the performance.
Joel Gallen shared the video below to YouTube. He included the following caption:
“17 years after this stunning performance by Prince, I finally had the chance to go in and re-edit it slightly – since there were several shots that were bothering me. I got rid of all the dissolves and made them all cuts, and added lots more close ups of Prince during his solo. I think it’s better now. Let me know what you think.”
There are significantly more shots of Prince during his now-legendary solo, and they show him clearly having an absolute blast on stage, which somehow makes this performance all the sweeter.
The only thing I wish was different was the ending when Prince throws his guitar up in the air, but we never see it land. Where on Earth did the guitar go?! We don’t actually see that. Then again, that mystery only adds to the magic of this performance.