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Concert for George
Iconic tribute concert one year after Harrison’s passing, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall
“The sweet, solemn music of George Harrison… has rarely sounded more majesEc than in the sweeping performances of the enlarged star-studded band that gathered in London at Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29”
– The New York Times
“The event’s warmth sweeps the audience along.”
“The fondness that everyone in Eric Clapton’s all-star band has for the former Fab shines throughout a tribute that retains the sincerity and simplicity of Harrison’s music.”
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, 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 a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom PeRy, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.
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”), CONCERT FOR GEORGE 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 PeRy 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.
CONCERT FOR GEORGE has been certified 8 times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003 and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
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