McCartney, Starr to Play Harrison Tribute Concert

By | October 4, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Rock veteran Eric Clapton has organized an all-star tribute concert for his late friend and fellow guitarist, George Harrison, with the former Beatle’s two surviving bandmates slated to perform.

The benefit concert, planned with the help of Harrison’s wife, Olivia, is scheduled to be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Nov. 29, the first anniversary of Harrison’s death, organizers said in a statement issued on Thursday in Los Angeles.

Joining Clapton on the bill will be former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and two other recording stars who performed with Harrison in the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys – Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

Others on the lineup include sitar master Ravi Shankar, drummer Jim Keltner, storied 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.” Various members of the comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus also will appear.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Material World Charitable Foundation, established by Harrison 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.

Harrison died on Nov. 29, 2001, at age 58 following a long battle with cancer. An album of songs he recorded in the last months of his life, titled

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