About Concert For George
On the 29th November 2002, one year to the day that George left us, his closest friends gathered to celebrate his life in the only way they knew how -
The first half of the show provided an insight into George’s spiritual self as Anoushka Shankar and a 16-
The second half gave the audience a rare sighting of members of the Monty Python team performing “The Lumberjack Song”, one of George’s favorite skits, including participation from a surprise guest, Tom Hanks. This was a tribute to George’s well-
The night then moved to Eric and friends giving the performance of their lives singing George’s songs. All the musicians that George worked with over the years, from The Beatles to the Traveling Wilburys, dedicating their time to learn the songs and perform them as a tribute to their dear friend.
Eric Clapton led the band with Jeff Lynne singing “I Want to Tell You”, “Inner Light” and “Give Me Love”. Jools Holland and Sam Brown gave “Horse to the Water” its first live outing. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gave a particularly resounding performance of “Taxman” as well as “I Need You” and the Wilburys' number, “Handle with Care”. Ringo Starr caught everyone with a tear in their eye with a rendition of “Photograph”, a composition he wrote with George, which seemed to sum up how everyone felt. Paul McCartney, fresh from his world tour, treated everyone to a little bit of Ukulele -
Joe Brown closed the evening with the old standard; “I’ll See You in My Dreams”, a loving and appropriate sentiment. It was a great show for one of the most loved men of our generation. We will remember George and this evening forever and hopefully we will see him in our dreams.
The film was directed by David Leland and produced by Ray Cooper, Olivia Harrison, and Jon Kamen.
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