Prince Should Pay For Breaking Borrowed Guitar, Says Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid, Living Colour founder and guitarist, believes Prince needs to pay for breaking a guitar on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” last Friday.
After performing his song “Bambi,” the rock and soul legend tossed the rare 1961 Epiphone Crestwood guitar about 10 feet into the air, breaking it.
There’s one major problem. The guitar was reportedly a loaner from Captain Kirk Douglas from The Roots, Fallon’s house band.
Douglas' damaged guitar (Twitter)
Reid says there is no excuse for Prince’s behavior. “Talent, even a SUPREME LEVEL like PRINCE’S doesn’t give him THE RIGHT TO DO THAT.Next time he sings The Cross, he should think about THAT.”
Reid stresses his support of Douglas. “The more I think of it, the madder I get. Capt. Kirk is 1 of the nicest people I know, & a real fan of his- VERY disappointed in TACKAP.”
Douglas upheld the nice guy demeanor Reid described when discussing the matter on Twitter.
When Douglas posted a photo of the guitar on his Twitter page Saturday, he used the title of Prince’s heart wrenching song “Purple Rain” as the caption.
Captain Kirk Douglas (Mike Coppola, Getty Images)
Douglas brought the guitar to work because of Prince. “The crazy thing is the only reason the guitar was in 30 rock was because I was rehearsing for a Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall this week,” he wrote.