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Concert for George
The Concert for George
In my opinion, 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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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"
Concert for George DVD
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 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
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.
Harrison Related Links
- Concert for George
Official site with film information, distribution details, and multimedia.
- Concert for George - Introduction | Great Performances | PBS
Public television's 'Great Performances' series covers the tribute concert.
- Collaborations | George Harrison
Official site with news, image gallery, links, discography of entire Harrison catalog.
- George Harrison: inducted in 2004 | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
George Harrison (guitar, vocals; born February 24, 1943, died November 29, 2001) George Harrison was known as the quiet Beatle, and he was also the quietest ex-Beatle. His was not the way of the rock...
- The Beatles
Detailed history with information on their music, movies, news, and latest projects. Images, related links, and a showcase for their albums.
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)