I have just seen this most amazing tribute concert for George Harrison. I feel like I've just rediscovered the man and the musician. It was directed, masterfully, by one Eric Clapton. It included legends such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (whom, by the way, I have just annointed the Greatest American rock and roll band of all time). Billy Preston and Jeff Lynne were fantastic.
One tends to take for granted the lives we affect. This was a tribute to a man who, along the way, made many friends, and touched many lives. George was a fantastic songwriter, who often gets overlooked because John and Paul were in his band. But the band thrown together to do this concert obviously had deep feelings for George. It was an incredibly heartfelt performance for a special friend. if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it immediately.
Standing front and center, all concert long, was George's son Dhani, who looked like a 1966 replica of George himself. It nearly gave me goosebumps to watch. With Eric Clapton as musical director, he'd play a song or two with the house band. Then introduce another musician, then another. The band just got larger and larger. With Ringo and Paul, obviously the last to join in. A splendid time is most assuredly guaranteed for all.
I think if George was never in the Beatles, he would have made a name for himself in the music business. He was talented enough to front his own band. He, again, was a masterful songwriter. And an underappreciated guitarist. I don't think he really ever covetted fame though. It makes me sad to think we wont be hearing anything new from him again. Maybe we should be grateful for what we have.
Where in the world is my All Things Must Pass album?
I want to tell her that I love her a lot, but I got to get a belly full of wine.