'Concert For George' To Hit Theaters, DVD
Filmed in high definition and recorded in 5.1 surround sound, "A Concert for George" will be released worldwide on DVD in November, distributed internationally via ArenaPlex LLC.A film chronicling last fall's star-studded George Harrison tribute at London's Royal Albert Hall will open Oct. 3 in select U.S. cities. Filmed in high definition and recorded in 5.1 surround sound, "A Concert for George" will be released worldwide on DVD in November, distributed internationally via ArenaPlex LLC.
Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton served as the music director for the event, which featured appearances by Harrison's surviving Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as friends Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Joe Brown, Anoushka Shankar and Billy Preston. Among the Harrison songs they performed were "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "I Want To Tell You," "Inner Light," "Give Me Love," "Taxman," "I Need You" and "For You Blue."
"The Concert for George was all I hoped it would be. The glue that held it together was our love for George," his widow Olivia Harrison says in a statement. "I don't think I've ever heard a band play with so much emotion and respect." Adds Clapton, "All I wanted to do was really share our love for George and his music."
The event also saw members of Monty Python re-enacting some of Harrison's favorite skits. Harrison financed and served as an executive producer of the comedy troupe's second feature film, 1979's "Life of Brian."
David Leland ("Wish You Were Here," "Band of Brothers") directed "Concert for George," and utilized footage from more than a dozen camera locations inside Royal Albert Hall. Along with performance clips, several interviews and backstage moments are also included on the DVD.
The movie trailer for the film, as well as assorted photos from the event can be seen at the "Concert for George" Web site.
The theatrical engagement will open in New York, Los Angeles and other select U.S. cities to be determined. All proceeds from the concert, the film and the DVD will benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation, founded by Harrison in 1973.