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Concert for George

Updated on August 26, 2018

The Concert for George

Perhaps one of the best ever tribute concerts was the Concert for George. In 2002, Rock music's most celebrated musicians gathered to pay tribute to one of their own, the legendary George Harrison. On that magical night, George's closest friends teamed up at the Royal Albert Hall to perform a collection of Harrison's music for an enthusiastic London audience.

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george harrison

Background

The Concert for George was held in London on November 29, 2002, as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death. The event was organized by Harrison's widow, Olivia, and Harrison's son, Dhani, and arranged under the musical direction of Eric Clapton, with all profits from the event going to the Material World Charitable Foundation.

The concert opened with a traditional Sanskrit invocation, the Sarve Shaam chant, followed by Indian music when Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, played "Your Eyes". Next, Anoushka Shankar and Jeff Lynne performed "The Inner Light", followed by a Ravi Shankar composition "Arpan" (Sanskrit for 'to give'), specially written for the occasion.

Then there was a comedy interlude with members of the Monty Python troupe (Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam) performing "Sit on My Face" and along with Neil Innes, Carol Cleveland and special guest Tom Hanks, performed "The Lumberjack Song".

The remainder of the concert featured "George's Band" and included Harrison's former bandmates Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr as well as musicians Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston....(read more on Wikipedia)

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The Videos Below are a Few Examples of the Concert's Standout Performances.

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

"My Sweet Lord"

"Photograph"

Concert for George DVD

Concert for George
Concert for George

Disc 1 features the complete concert (sans interview and rehearsal footage, but with a few additional songs and in the original running order), while disc 2 contains the theatrical version and some additional backstage and photo material. All in all, a beautiful piece of work.

 

The Concert's Live Soundtrack

Concert For George
Concert For George

Concert for George is a splendid tribute to the late George Harrison, whose contributions to the Beatles were so often hidden in the long shadows of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This two CD live soundtrack features 24 songs and was originally released in 2003.

 

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The Concert's Playlist

1. Sarve Shaam (Traditional Prayer) (LP Version) Concert For George - Chorus 3:18

2. Your Eyes (Sitar Solo) (LP Version) Anoushka Shankar 8:22

3. The Inner Light (LP Version) Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar 3:01

4. Arpan (LP Version) Anoushka Shankar 23:02

5. I Want To Tell You (LP Version) Jeff Lynne 2:52

6. If I Needed Someone (LP Version) Eric Clapton 2:28

7. Old Brown Shoe (LP Version) Gary Brooker 3:48

8. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (LP Version) Jeff Lynne 3:29

9. Beware Of Darkness (LP Version) Eric Clapton 4:00

10. Here Comes The Sun (LP Version) Joe Brown 3:09

11. That's The Way It Goes (LP Version) Joe Brown 3:39

12. Taxman (LP Version) Tom Petty 3:10

13. I Need You (LP Version) Tom Petty 3:00

14. Handle With Care (LP Version) Tom Petty with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison 3:27

15. Isn't It A Pity (LP Version) Billy Preston 6:58

16. Photograph (LP Version) Ringo Starr 3:56

17. Honey Don't (LP Version) Ringo Starr 3:03

18. For You Blue (LP Version) Paul McCartney 3:04

19. Something (LP Version) Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton 4:25

20. All Things Must Pass (LP Version) Paul McCartney 3:33

21. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (LP Version) Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton 5:57

22. My Sweet Lord (LP Version) Billy Preston 5:02

23. Wah Wah (LP Version) Eric Clapton & Band 6:06

24. I'll See You In My Dreams (LP Version) Joe Brown 4:01

All Things Must Pass-George Harrison

All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass

Over a period of decades, George Harrison earned a reputation as one of the most enigmatic and creative individuals born to rock and roll. As signaled by his first post-Beatles release, 1970’s epic All Things Must Pass, here was a man with a story all his own.

 

George Harrison Biography - Wikimedia Commons Photo

George Harrison (February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001) was an English rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian mysticism, and helped broaden the horizons of the other Beatles, as well as those of their Western audience. Following the band's breakup, he had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys, and also as a film and record producer. Harrison is listed at number 21 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Best Guitarists of All Time"

Although most of The Beatles' songs were written by Lennon and McCartney, Harrison generally wrote one song per side from the Help! album onwards. His later compositions with The Beatles include "Here Comes the Sun", "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". By the time of the band's breakup, Harrison had accumulated a backlog of material, which he then released as the acclaimed and successful triple album All Things Must Pass in 1970, from which came two singles: a double A-side single, "My Sweet Lord" backed with "Isn't It a Pity", and "What Is Life". In addition to his solo....(read more on Wikipedia)

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    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      I recently went to a concert by Joe Brown, a friend of George from early days. He always mentions the concert and is so proud of playing the closing number on this concert. I have featured the lens on my tribute to Joe Brown and The Bruvvers

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It was a great concert. Many wonderful songs and memories. Outstanding lens.

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      brynimagire 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens ! Nice post .

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      Bernie 

      6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      each one of the group was interesting

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      George was the man! Thank you for this lens, it brought back wonderful memories.

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      Jim Sterling 

      6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Excellent lens. Thank you.

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      PhillipConte 

      6 years ago

      Very good lens, I enjoyed reading it very much. George Harrison was an underappreciated musician in his time. It was classy that he was recognized by so many talented peers

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Loved the concert,love the lens. I am a total Beatle maniac, loved them all. Saw them in concert once too. And Paul by himself 3 times.

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      ellagis 

      7 years ago

      When such so big musicians get together, it comes out a great concert like this. Thank you for sharing the videos and the info!

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      DuaneJ 

      7 years ago

      nicely done!!

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      Bill 

      7 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Awesome lens. It was so sad when George passed away as he was the nicest Beatle for sure! I am going to feature this lens on my Beatles lens!

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      navasri 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens

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      jvsper63 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing:). Great lens!!

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      Mary 

      7 years ago from Chicago area

      <3 you George! great lens; blessed!

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      KokoTravel 

      7 years ago

      Perhaps the most real? I don't know much about any of them, really - as people, I mean.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 

      7 years ago

      Just bought his book, Greatest Beatle by far!

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      bsblmike2 

      7 years ago

      nice job

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      The quiet Beetles. And the handsomest!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I love this music lens. Great tribute to George!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Nice photos you got here! Videos rock too! Thanks for the info hope to see more.

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      poppy mercer 

      7 years ago from London

      I grew up from childhood to adulthood during the 60's and 70's, and the Beatle's music was the soundtrack to most of the key events in my life at that time.

      I was profoundly moved by the energy of the Concert for George...I agree that it is an extraordinary event. Eric Clapton and the rest of the gathered musicians said it all with total eloquence in 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'

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      sandralynnsparks 

      7 years ago

      I just watched this the other night. Just incredible. Thanks for doing a lens on it!

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      PizmoBeach LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens about a fantastic concert. I have both a DVD version and CD version. I think the version of "Something" is pretty special.

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      callinsky lm 

      8 years ago

      Very nice. Thank you for sharing it. What a wondferful artist and musician.

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      RebeccaE 

      8 years ago

      this was one of the best lenses ont his concert I've read, and the videos are awesome.

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Awesome tribute for a superstar!

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      Kiwisoutback 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Harrison wrote my favorite Beatles songs. "Here Comes the Sun," "Something," and "While My Guitar" to me are some of the Beatles best work, and they were all written by George. I never saw the Concert for George, but I'd like to have a listen. Nice work on this tribute to the "quiet Beatle"!

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      greenguitar 

      8 years ago

      nice lens! i am looking forward for more things in your lens!

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      battlecircus10 

      9 years ago

      I lacked musical inspiration until I saw this concert one night on TV by pure accident.

      It changed my life.

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      Redmoonrider 

      9 years ago

      A fitting tribute to one of the greatest stars of all time.

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      chemrat 

      9 years ago

      Terrific concert and video, and a great lens.

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