As mentioned in the closing lines of this piece on the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ceremony, Prince delivered one of the most iconic moments in the ceremony's history with a fiery guitar solo during a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." This article by Geoff Boucher was originally published in The Times on March 16, 2004. Prince really gets going at the 3 minutes and 30 seconds mark.
The 2004 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame make for one of the most eclectic class portraits in the shrine's 19-year history, with room for the pop meditations of the late George Harrison, the soulful sound and politics of Jackson Browne and the dynamic funk enigma that is Prince.
Those three were joined in induction Monday night with the 1960s jam band Traffic, Detroit blue-collar rock hero Bob Seger, 1950s Chicago doo-wop group the Dells and ZZ Top, a bearded and unpretentious boogie band from Texas. Jann S. Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine, was inducted into the Hall's nonperformer wing.