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Concert for George


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 

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Overview

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.

Cast List

Jeff Lynne
Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
James Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
Sir Paul McCartney - Rock Singer/Songwriter/Composer, the Beatles, Wings
Joe E. Brown - American Comedian
David Leland - Director, Screenwriter, Star: WISH YOU WERE HERE (1987)
Tom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Thom Hanks - Oscar-winning actor/director/producer
Ray Cooper - Producer, CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003)
Tom Petty - American Singer/Songwriter,
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - American Singer/Songwriter,
Ringo Starr - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)
Richard Starkey - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)
Richard Starkey (aka Ringo) - British Musician/Actor, HELP!(1965), BORN TO BOOGIE (1972)
Jools Holland
Anoushka Shankar - Actor, CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003)
Chris Menges - British Director Of Photography/Director, THE BOXER (1997)
Jon Kamen - Producer, CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003)
Olivia Harrison - Producer, CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003)
Monty Python Cast - British comedic ensemble, MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS
Eric Clapton - British Songwriter/Musician, "Layla"
Eric Clapp - British Songwriter/Musician, "Layla"
Dhani Harrison - Actor, CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003)
Billy Preston - Singer/Composer/Keyboards

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 603497024124
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (some risque humor)

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Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Pop Music

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 3, 2003 (LIMITED)

Reviews:
"...With jaw-dropping musicianship and sound quality..." - 12/11/2003 Rolling Stone, p.219


"...THE CONCERT FOR GEORGE captures a sense of sincerity and intimacy appropriate to a celebration of Harrison's life..." - 12/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.30


"[A] perfect tribute movie....This is not merely a photographed record; shot selection and editing are superb." - 11/21/2003 USA Today, p.10E

 
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