George Harrison is undeniably one of the most influential musical artists of all time. While statements like this are often disputable, I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. Known for introducing The Beatles' to a world of spirituality and higher learning, Harrison should be credited for the musical approach his band took during a substantial part of the sixties. In this tribute concert, filmed on November 29th, 2002 (one year after his death) at Royal Albert Hall in London, a slew of musical royalty join his surviving band-mates (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, respectively) in a concert event which must be seen and heard to be believed. The show begins with a performance by Ravi Shankar, a close friend of Harrison who was a major influence on him both as an artist and as an individual. Backed by his daughter Anoushka as well as a 16-piece Indian orchestra, the sitar playing legend starts off the night with a bang. Though this is definitely a tough act to follow, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Tom Petty are amongst the performers up for the challenge and do anything but disappoint. Singing classics such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Taxman", "Photograph", "For You Blue" and the awe-inspiring "Here Comes the Sun", the event transports viewers back to the days when the Fab Four were still going strong. Ultimately, how could a tribute to a British behemoth be complete without a routine by Monty Python, who perform their most famous skits including "The Lumberjack Song" with the help of (honorary Python for the night) Tom Hanks. It is very heart-warming to see all of George's celebrity acquaintances getting together to wax poetic about a friend who they will miss immensely; however, it is the appearance of Harrison's son Dhani playing guitar which truly makes the touching tribute all the more powerful.
This two disc set contains a bevy of special features including:
-An alternate, "theatrical version" of the show including interviews and behind the scenes footage.
-Interviews with the artists
-A 32 page collector's booklet and much, much more.