Happy Birthday George Harrison: Revisiting The All-Star Concert For George
Legendary musician George Harrison was born in Liverpool, England on this date 75 years ago. The Beatles guitarist was just 58 years old at the time of his death on November 29, 2001.
Harrison’s storied legacy lives on through the music he made as a member of The Fab Four, writing such classics as “Something” and “Here Comes The Sun,” as well as his noteworthy post-Beatles solo career. His 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass, which included such favorites as “My Sweet Lord,” “Wah-Wah,” “Isn’t It A Pity” and the title track, is regularly recognized as among Harrison’s finest work. Later in his career, Harrison teamed with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne as a member of The Traveling Wilburys.
Many of Harrison’s previous collaborators, including his son Dhani Harrison, came together at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of his death. The Concert For George featured an all-star cast of musicians led by Eric Clapton and Lynne. Both of Harrison’s surviving band mates in The Beatles – Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – performed at the event that raised funds for George’s The Material World Charitable Foundation. The stage was also occupied by the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ravi Shankar, Billy Preston, Joe Brown, Sam Brown, Jools Holland, Ray Cooper, Anoushka Shankar, Jim Capaldi, Andy Fairweather Low, Jim Keltner, Klaus Voormann, The Mounties and others.
Several new configurations of The Concert For George are being made available as part of an extensive reissue that includes the first vinyl edition of the live concert. Select theaters are also screening The Concert For George in honor of Harrison’s 75th birthday. Follow this link to find a participating cinema in your area.
Below is The Concert For George theatrical trailer, followed by McCartney and Clapton leading “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performing “I Need You.” There’s also behind-the-scenes footage of Clapton directing rehearsals, interviews with participants including Monty Python members and more.