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Posted by Dorothy on 2/01/05 at 00:49 (168222)

Marie -
We saw the 'Concert for George' last year on PBS....just happened upon it one night, got captivated by it, and it turned out to be a very special program. It was really wonderful. I've cut & pasted a description of it for you following here. It is available for sale as a DVD and a CD as well. (PBS, Amazon, anywhere, I'm sure....). It wasn't one of those 'nostalgic' evenings that they air sometimes and which I usually don't like; this was - well, just a terrific concert. George (and Olivia) Harrison's son was a major presence in the concert, too, performing - and it is uncanny how much he resembles his father. Anyway, here's the copy: From the Back Cover
On November 29, 2002-one year after the passing of music legend George Harrison-wife Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by an all-star lineup that included Clapton, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr, and many more. Warner Strategic Marketing (WSM) celebrates that magical night with the DVD release of CONCERT FOR GEORGE, a double-disc set highlighting the gala event, which was beautifully filmed for posterity and recently released in a limited theatrical run. Disc one of the DVD contains the complete concert, including performances not featured in the theatrical version. Disc two contains the theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage. Each of the performers had a personal friendship or history with Harrison, and the backstage moments and interviews give a sense of how deeply they felt for him. Directed by David Leland (whose credits include the feature Wish You Were Here, HBO's Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys video 'Handle With Care'), the CONCERT FOR GEORGE DVD captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), 'Taxman' (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and 'The Inner Light' (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison's longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director. In one memorable segment, Anoushka Shankar conducted a full orchestra of musicians performing a special composition by her father and Harrison's mentor, Ravi Shankar, celebrating Harrison's love of Indian classical music. The piece, entitled 'Arpan,' means 'offering.' Among the other high points are McCartney and Clapton performing a duet of 'Something,' with Starr on drums; Starr performing his #1 hit 'Photograph' (which was cowritten by Harrison); and Oscar-winner Tom Hanks sitting in with Monty Python (featuring Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Neil Innes) for a hysterical version of 'The Lumberjack Song,' one of Harrison's favorites. Harrison's friend Joe Brown played the old standard 'I'll See You In My Dreams' to close the emotional evening. 'The Concert For George was all I hoped it would be,' said Olivia Harrison. 'I don't think I've ever heard a band play with so much emotion and respect.' CONCERT FOR GEORGE captures the majesty of Royal Albert Hall from more than a dozen camera locations. The film was shot in high definition and digitally mastered with sound recorded in 5.1 Surround.

Re: Dorothy

Kathy G on 2/01/05 at 16:55 (168261)

I taped that concert and watched just part of it but it was excellent. In my case, I am a huge Eric Clapton fan and so I enjoyed hearing him play on so many songs. I always remember the very first time I heard, 'While my guitar gently Weeps' and thinking that I had no idea that George Harrison could play the guitar so well. I kept thinking he sounded just like Clapton. DUH! It was Clapton!

And it's almost spooky how much Harrison's son looks like him, isn't it?

I find it fascinating that Eric Clapton broke up George Harrison's marriage, ended up divorcing the woman, then he and Harrison went back to being best friends. I think it was Patty Boyd. Don't know who she went on to do. For some reason, none of the Beatles ever bothered to keep in touch with me, nor did Eric!

I heard an interview with Ravi Shankhar, after George's death, in which he said that when he first met George, he was the worst sitar player he had ever heard. He certainly came a long way!

Re: Dorothy

Dorothy on 2/01/05 at 17:52 (168265)

Yes, I agree - it was excellent - really very special. You're right - I'd forgotten about all of the background romances and exchanges (shades of Fleetwood Mac)...until you reminded. I can't believe that the Beatles and Eric C. haven't kept in touch with you, nor with me, but who knows....maybe they're on this website under some nom de plume. Hmmmmmm....

Ok, since we're sounding a bit like gossip columnists - when Norah Jones first became famous, I read that her father was Ravi Shankar. Ravi Shankar tours and performs with a daughter who has his last name. Do you know the story of Norah Jones and Ravi Shankar? And shouldn't someone write/record 'While My Sitar Gently Weeps'?? :-)

Re: Dorothy

Kathy G on 2/04/05 at 09:41 (168472)

On one of the radio stations I listen to, they said that Norah Jones met her father only once when she was a child and only had active contact with him when she turned eighteen. She does have a half sister who is an accomplished sitar artist. Jones' mother and Shankar never married.

If the doctors and dentist's offices I go to had more up to date 'People' magazines, I'd probably no more! :)