Tribute Concert For George Harrison: The estate of George Harrison will commemorate the late Beatles legend’s 75th birthday with a huge vinyl release of the all-star tribute Concert for George. The performance began with a traditional Sanskrit invocation, the Sarvesham chant, followed by Indian music, beginning with “Your Eyes” by Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar’s daughter. Following that, Anoushka Shankar, Dhani Harrison, and Jeff Lynne played “The Inner Light,” followed by a specially composed Ravi Shankar song, “Arpan” (Sanskrit for ‘to give’).
Following that, a comedic interlude included four of the Monty Python troupe’s surviving members (Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Python contributor Neil Innes) performing “Sit on My Face.” Then Michael Palin emerged as an exaggerated announcer who ultimately confesses that he has always desired to be a lumberjack. He was then joined in performing “The Lumberjack Song” by the Pythons, Innes, Carol Cleveland, Tom Hanks, and The Fred Tomlinson Singers.
The remainder of the concert featured “George’s Band,” which included surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as musicians Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Albert Lee, Sam Brown, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Ray Cooper, Andy Fairweather-Low, Marc Mann, Dave Bronze, and Klaus Voormann.
They performed mainly Harrison compositions from the Beatles and post-Beatles periods, usually adhering to Harrison’s arrangements. Lynne performed “I Want to Tell You” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”; Clapton performed “If I Needed Someone” and “Beware of Darkness”; Petty performed “I Need You” and “Taxman”; Petty, Lynne, Dhani Harrison, and Jim Keltner performed “Handle With Care” as a quasi-Traveling Wilburys; Clapton and Preston performed “Isn’t It a P
On November 29, 2002, one year after Harrison’s death, a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall brought together Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Monty Python, Jeff Lynne, Tom Hanks, and Dhani Harrison, among others, for a night of Harrison’s music.
“We will always remember George’s birthday, and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very unique package in remembrance of a very wonderful man,” Olivia Harrison, Harrison’s wife, said in a statement.
Concert for George will be offered in a variety of packaging and formats, including a limited-edition (of 1,000) box set that includes four LPs, two CDs, two DVD/Blu-ray discs, and a 12′′x12′′ hardbound 60-page book. Additionally, the box set includes a piece of fabric from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry that served as the background for the Royal Albert Hall performance, as well as a note from Olivia Harrison describing the history of the cloth.
While the Concert for George has been reissued many times over the years, the new edition — coming out February 23rd, two days before Harrison would have been 75 – is the first time the live album has been printed on 180-gram vinyl.’