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DVD Film Premiere,London,8 October 2003

I was lucky enough to get an invite to see the screening of the film from last year's tribute concert to George Harrison, held last year at the Royal Albert Hall in London. After running the gauntlet of TV & newspaper cameras, who told them I would be there?! George Harrison's widow, Olivia gave a brief and emotional thank you speech and then the film started.

It is a mixture of songs from the event, plus rehearsal footage and interviews with some of the musicians appearing including Eric Clapton (the event's instigator), ELO's Jeff Lynne, a frail looking Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar and George's son, Dhani, who is the spitting image of his father. Excellent sound quality throughout and there are many song highlights, including Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne on the Travelling Wilburys 'Handle With Care', the gorgeous vocals of Sam Brown on 'Horse To The Water', with Jools Holland on piano and Ringo Starr singing the poignant 'Photograph'. George Harrsion's spiritual side was represented by a special composition by Ravi Shankar featuring traditional Indian music blended with Eric Clapton's acoustic guitar work.

Amazing array of backing musicians as well including Traffics Jim Capaldi, Ray Cooper, Jim Horn, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather Low, Procul Harum's Gary Brooker and Jim Keltner to name but a few! Billy Preston put some real heart 'n soul into 'My Sweet Lord', a sterling version of 'Something' and Joe Brown (Sam Brown's dad) closed the proceedings with 'I'll See You In My Dreams' - simply superb. Monty Python also did two numbers 'Sit On My Face' and 'The Lumberjack Song' (with actor Tom Hanks in the chorus line), and Neil Innes (the Rutles) standing in for John Cleese.

But what of the celebs and musicians in attendance? Musician-wise you had the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, plus Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (with a girlfriend whose bedtime it was way past!), Albert Lee, percussionist Ray Cooper and Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour. Others there included former Formula One driver Damon Hill (who bizarrely left the cinema on foot as opposed to racing away in a car!) and Rowan Atkinson (who kept getting heckled by shouts of It's Mr. Bean! by some drunken Russians!). Needless to say us mere mortals were kept well away' although my new claim to fame is that Ringo Starr 'Hello mate!' in the gents toilet!

Big thanks to Noble PR and Warner Music.

Superb concert, just wish I had been there! The double DVD is out at the end of November, which will feature the full concert plus extras like backstage footage, etc. More at

Review by Jason Ritchie

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