The 2002 documentary, Concert for George - the George Harrison tribute concert recorded one year after his passing - is getting cinema screenings to accompany new vinyl releases of the concert.
The film features performances from Jeff Lynne, Jools Holland, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Ringo Starr.
It will be screened in 75 theatres in the USA, beginning next Tuesday (Feb 20) coinciding with what would have been the Beatle’s 75th birthday on February 25. International screenings will shortly be announced and Irish Beatles fans will no doubt be watching this space.
Concert for George was held on November 29, 2002, one year after Harrison died. His widow, Olivia Harrison, and long-time pal Eric Clapton organized the tribute performance at London’s Royal Albert Hal.
Clapton himself, Joe Brown, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, , Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and the late Tom Petty all performed on the night. Musician Dhani Harrison, the only child of George and Olivia Harrison, who was in his mid-twenties at the time of the concert, also joined proceedings.
David Leland (Band Of Brothers) directed the documentary which includes performances of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano and Starr on drums. Taxman is performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Inner Light was re-interpreted by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar. Lynne 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 and it won a 2004 Grammy award for Best Long-Form Music Video. The sound recordings from Concert for George will also be reissued for the very first time on vinyl through Concord Music.
Harrison died on November 29, 2001 in Los Angeles after battling lung cancer. He was 58. His remains were cremated and the ashes scattered according to Hindu tradition in a private ceremony at the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in India. He left an estate of almost £100 million (€113m)