Even in a room full of legends, Prince stood out.
James Brown attracted a crowd of celebrity pals when he played a show in Los Angeles in 1983.
Naturally, he decided to invite a few of them up on stage — first Michael Jackson, and then Prince, who casually picked up a guitar and proceeded to blow away two of the biggest names in the history of music.
Head to the two-minute mark of the video above to see the footage of this historic moment.
It’s a moment that can never be repeated, as all three of these icons have passed on.
Of course, this wasn’t the only time Prince asserted his authority over a stage full of stars.
Who could forget this performance in honour of George Harrison from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions in 2004, when he shredded his way through a solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps that left Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison looking like his backing band?
Incredibly, Prince would later claim that he’d never even heard the song before he needed to learn it for the performance.
It makes you wonder who’d be capable of giving a performance that great now, to pay tribute to Prince — and the truth is that there probably isn’t anyone.
And that’s exactly why this is such a tragedy.
Rest In Purple, Prince.