Taken from Prince's official instagram account ('princetagram)
Yesterday morning the news broke of death of famed WWE Female wrestler Chyna. A few hours later superstar, guitar legend, Prince Rogers Nelson passed at 57. This morning famed bluesman Lonnie Mack’s death was revealed via modern blues great, Joe Bonamassa.
Tributes, conversations of Prince dominates the media, from memories to favorite songs to video sharing and lighting up cities, pretty much everyone is saddened by the news. After all, hasn’t he had some kind of effect on our lives in one way or another?
Check out this insane guitar solo from Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where he joined Tom Petty, Dhani Harrison, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others for a cover of George Harrison / Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (I know, ironic isn’t it?).
Scroll down for some of the celebrity reactions worldwide.
Guitar solo starts at 3:30.
Paul McCartney tweeted that he was “[s]addened by Prince’s death,” and noted that he was proud that he had “seen in the New Year with him.” Sir Paul also wrote, “He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music.” In a separate message, McCartney added, “God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul.”
The Weeknd: “i can’t believe what’s happening right now. i just woke up but it feels like I’m dreaming. we live in a world where Prince passes away???”
Chris Rock tweeted a photo of the singer saying, “Say it isn’t so.”
The Rolling Stones‘ Mick Jagger: “I am so saddened to hear of Prince’s passing. Prince was a revolutionary artist, a wonderful musician and composer. He was an original lyricist and a startling guitar player. His talent was limitless. He was one of the most unique and exciting artists of the last 30 years.”
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood: “I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince.”
Elton John: “This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. #Prince #RIP”
Justin Timberlake wrote a lengthy Instagram post detailing the first time he heard Prince as a four-year-old and what it was like to meet his idol. “More than a “once in a lifetime” artist… Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST,” he says. “I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being.”
KISS‘ Gene Simmons: “PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.”
Chris Cornell: “I’m in shock and deeply saddened…RIP to one of the MOST talented and unique artists of our generation.”
Nikki Sixx: “RIP PRINCE..ONE OF THE SADDEST DAY’S TO SAY THE LEAST. HE WAS THE TRUE DEFINITION OF A REAL ARTIST.”
Halestorm‘s Lzzy Hale: “RIP Prince. Rock n Roll Heaven sure is putting together an amazing supergroup.”
Tom Morello: “One of the greatest, most gifted and unique musicians, performers and producers ever. #RIPPrince”
Florence + the Machine postponed the premiere of their new video “out of respect to Prince.”