Paul and Ringo to Pay Tribute to George
Eric Clapton has pulled together an all-star tribute to his late pal, George Harrison. And among the all-stars are two long-ago and legendary colleagues of the ex-Beatle: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Reuters reports.
The benefit concert, which has the blessing of Harrison’s widow, Olivia, is slated for Nov. 29 — the first anniversary of the death of Harrison, who succumbed to cancer at age 58 — at London’s Royal Albert Hall, organizers of the event said Thursday.
Others scheduled to perform include sitar master Ravi Shankar, drummer Jim Keltner, rock session musician Leon Russell and British keyboardist Jools Holland, whose latest album included one of the last songs recorded by Harrison before he died, “Horse to Water.” Also performing are Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, who performed with Harrison in the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. Some members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus also will appear.
The concert will benefit Harrison’s Material World Charitable Foundation, which he established in 1973 to support arts, music, education and people with special needs.
“The tribute for George will resound not only within the Albert Hall but hopefully reach the spirit of the man so loved by his friends who will be performing and attending,” Olivia Harrison said in a statement.