Prince Smashes Somebody Else's Guitar

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

After watching Prince's scorching performance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" this past Friday (3/1), you could say he was "killin' it"—especially if "it" refers to the guitar he tossed in the air and let crash to the stage at the end of "Bambi." What's the matter with wrecking a guitar, you ask? After all, such icons as Hendrix and Townshend have done it. Well, when the guitar—in this case a valuable vintage guitar—doesn't belong to you, it's not cool.

Prince guitar tab 

Yep, that 1961 Epiphone Crestwood belonged to guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, of the "Late Show" house band The Roots. According to a thread on The Gear Page, Prince had seen the vintage axe during soundcheck and asked Douglas if he could use it for the performance. The guitarist, now regrettably, said yes, and then this happened:

Following that debacle, Douglas apparently asked Prince to sign his broken axe, and he actually said "No." Wow. Afterward, Douglas posted this pic of his guitar on Twitter with the caption "Purple Pain."

Captain Kirk Douglas smashed Epiphone






















Douglas then tweeted the following:

Captain Kirk Douglas tweets


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razarfingas on March 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I love how artists have no problem tossing a guitar and just destroying it, thinking it makes them them tough or bad, whatever. It was cool and original when Pete Townsend and Jimi Hendrix incorporated the act of aggression and expression which involved taking the life of a guitar. I struggle to buy a guitar. I have never owned nothing as vintage as the Epi Crestwood. I would love to have a guitar like that, it was made the tear I was born - '61. I own a Mexican Fender/mongrel parts Tele. Because my Gibson Les Paul and SG were stolen. So to see this guy busting up someones else guitar without a hesitation is really efed up. I feel sad for you Capt. KD. It looks like it would be an almost impossible repair, what a dink.

da-no on March 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

What a stupid asshole. To get respect you must give it first. Never will you get it now. Just one more unappreciative forgetful prick who made their money off the peoples support, now to turn and bite the hand...

bluesguitar on March 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

what an asshole. I would have kicked his ass.