Cloud #2, aka The Blue Angel is now part of the Legends of Rock exhbit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio.
The guitar was auctioned by Julian’s last year and fetched $563,500, with the buyer remaining anonymous. It’s good to hear it is accessible to fans, although Paisley Park would be a more fitting place to house it.
Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, but it’s his guitar solo tribute to George Harrison that is most revered from the event. He performed on that occasion with his Madcat.
During the 2007 Superbowl half-time show Prince played three guitars. He started with his trusty Madcat, and ended with his purple symbol guitar. In between, he performed All Along The Watch Tower and the Foo Fighters’ “Best of You” with this light blue Stratocaster. It wasn’t the first time Prince was seen with this guitar – he also used it in the summer of 2006, most notably at Bryant Park, New York – which was part of the Good Morning America concert series. There are dozens of photos of that event here.
Prince was also seen playing this guitar on Saturday Night Live in February 2006 – it was his guitar of choice for a short period in the run up to Superbowl where it became water damaged. That damage didn’t render it unplayable, it made another appearance in June 2007 when Prince performed with Sheila E. at the ALMA awards.
2007 will long be remembered for Prince’s 21 night residency in London. He rocked the O2 arena playing the same combination of guitars as at the Superbowl, which included this Strat. The latest video footage I can find of Prince with this guitar is on the Jay Leno show on the 26th March 2009.