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."
Douglas then tweeted the following: