One of the greats left us yesterday, as Prince Rogers Nelson, better simply known as Prince, died yesterday in Minnesota at 57.
For many of us who went to high school in the second half of the 80’s, his hits were the soundtrack of our lives. I saw last week that he had a bad bout with the flu, but reportedly recovered. Seems like the recovery itself was temporary, though his cause of death won’t be revealed for a while, or so it seems at the time of this writing.
As I was telling a friend last night, he was our generation’s version of Jimi Hendrix. No one was doing what Prince did in the MTV era (or, back when MTV played actual songs), and even Eric Clapton was quoted a few times saying that he thought Prince was a better guitarist than he is. Now that is high praise.
It was hard to find a song that Prince did on YouTube, so this concert footage from early in his career will have to do. May he rest in peace.