Prince is dead at 57. As the internet mourns, a tweet calling out Prince's incredible guitar talents, referencing a supposed Eric Clapton quote, has gone viral:
When asked what it feels like to be the best guitarist alive, Eric Clapton said, "I don't know. Ask Prince."— Justin Paterno (@zerobeta) April 21, 2016
The quote is very, very likely fake. There is no verifiable source for it on the internet, as far as I can tell. And it has been used interchangeably for other artists on internet forums.
But even if that's the case, one thing that's undeniable — although perhaps underappreciated — is that Prince really was an incredible guitarist. Just check out his absolutely phenomenal rendition of the Beatles's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps":
Prince's solo starts at around 3:25 in the video above. As Dan Riffle put it on Twitter, the solo was written by George Harrison, recorded by Eric Clapton, and perfected by Prince.