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Prince's "Purple Rain": Powerful Covers by David Gilmour and Eva Vergilova

As reported earlier, legendary performer Prince died today at age 57.

As we gather more information and prepare a proper tribute, we are reminded of two popular—and very powerful—covers of Prince's "Purple Rain" that have appeared in recent months on GuitarWorld.com. One is by a legendary guitarist; the other is by an up-and-coming (and, happily, guitar-playing) internet sensation.

Up top, you'll find a 1992 performance of the song by Tom Jones and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour from a TV show called Tom Jones: The Right Time, which aired in June of that year.

Below that, we revisit a homemade clip of Bulgarian guitarist Eva Vergilova performing her instrumental version of the song, which Prince originally released in 1984. For all about Vergilova, follow her on Facebook and YouTube.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.