On the first anniversary of the death of George Harrison--November 29, 2002--a group of his friends paid tribute to the Quiet Beatle by staging an all-star concert featuring the songs of Harrison, from his days with the Fab Five as well as his long and underrated solo career and work with the Traveling Wilburys. Also included were songs written for and about Harrison, from Ringo Starr's evocative "Photograph" to Ravi and Anoushka Shankar's inspirational "Arpan." Among the outstanding performances, held in London's Royal Albert Hall, were Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne playing "I Want to Tell You," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers blasting out "Taxman" and "I Need You," Paul McCartney chiming in with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "For You Blue," and fifth Beatle Billy Preston taking on "My Sweet Lord." Clapton and McCartney's duet on "Something" is one of the many highlights. The elaborate concert, directed by David Leland and including backstage behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the participants, also featured appearances by the Boys and Girls Choir, the English Chamber Choir, the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Monty Python crew, just to change the mood. Harrison's musician son, Dhani, also shows up--his resemblance to his father is remarkable. Proceeds from the film and DVD release will benefit Harrison's Material World Charitable Foundation.
Producer: Ray Cooper, Olivia Harrison, Jon Kamen
Cast: Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Monty Python Cast, Joe E. Brown, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Jeff Lynne, Jools Holland, Anoushka Shankar, Dhani Harrison, Ray Cooper
"...With jaw-dropping musicianship and sound quality..."
Rolling Stone - Austin Scaggs (12/11/2003)
"...THE CONCERT FOR GEORGE captures a sense of sincerity and intimacy appropriate to a celebration of Harrison's life..."
Sight and Sound - James Bell (12/01/2003)
"[A] perfect tribute movie....This is not merely a photographed record; shot selection and editing are superb."
USA Today - Mike Clark (11/21/2003)
Region Code 0 (free)