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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
All-star New Orleans tribute to George Harrison's All Things Must Pass

On Saturday in New Orleans, local blues and roots music guitarist Marc Stone will serve as music director for an especially ambitious live performance of a All Things Must Pass, the 1970 triple-LP that established George Harrison's post-Beatles bonafides as a credible solo artist. A cast of 18 musicians will recreate the intricate album.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Bob Dylan's Bangladesh guitar sells for $396,000 at auction

The guitar Bob Dylan played at the Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue, a 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, sold at auction Saturday to an anonymous buyer for $396,000, nearly $100,000 more than its expected top bid. Bob Dylan's guitar repairman bought the guitar from Dylan 1977 for $500.

Source: Rolling Stone
35 Years Ago: George Harrison looks inward on Gone Troppo, then disappears

Gone Troppo was a notable flop. The project, actually, could be favorably compared with the pastoral joys of John Lennon's earlier Double Fantasy, though it never is. Instead, Gone Troppo, which Harrison never toured behind, sunk to the bottom of his discography as the last, ever-forgotten album on a miserable contract with Warners Bros.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Bob Dylan's historic 1963 Martin Guitar goes on sale

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade, including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, is going on sale. The auction is being held on November 11 in Dallas. Only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction, it is expected to fetch at least $300,000.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Nov 2, 1974: George Harrison first solo tour begins

It was the very first time an ex-Beatle would be touring America since 1966. George Harrison's triumphant Concert for Bangladesh benefit three years earlier had proven he could hold a concert stage on his own, albeit with a little help from his friends. On November 2, 1974, Harrison performed at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver BC.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Video Flashback: George Harrison plays sublime Something at last concert

For reasons he never explained, George Harrison never set any more dates after a tour of Japan with Eric Clapton in 1991. The only exception was an April 6th, 1992 show at London's Royal Albert Hall, his last full concert. The show wasn't professionally filmed, but here's decent amateur footage of Harrison performing Something.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Video: Dhani Harrison performs on Conan

On Monday night, Dhani Harrison performed the track "All About Waiting" off his album In///Parallel on the Conan O'Brien Show. In his introduction, Conan called Dhani his "good friend." The video of this performance is now streaming on the Internet. Dhani's first solo album was released on October 6.

Source: Team Coco
Friday, October 27, 2017
Paul McCartney's sweater, Ringo Starr's suit pants up for auction

A short-sleeve knit sweater worn by Paul McCartney, a suit jacket worn by George Harrison and a pair of suit pants worn by Ringo Starr are up for sale through Heritage Auctions, which bills itself as "the world's largest collectibles auctioneer." The Beatles memorabilia is part of a large auction of classic rock and film-related items.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Dhani Harrison releases video; tour starts soon

Dhani Harrison released a video today for "All About Waiting," one of the songs from his recently released debut solo album, In///Parallel. The animated clip depicts a futuristic world, overly developed with machinery and computers. In support of the album, Harrison has doing a brief tour that will take him to several U.S. cities in November.

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Ford Museum to exhibit Rock & Roll memorabilia

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit is coming to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids next month. "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics" features exhibits including George Harrison's visit to the White House, and explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights to stimulate thought and effect change.

Source: WXMI TV, Grand Rapids
Friday, October 13, 2017
Dhani Harrison on working with his dad and breaking out on his own

"I've just spent 17 years remastering everything for vinyl and CD and getting it all in one box set. So I'm taking a little break. That's taken up a lot of my bandwidth for most of the past 20 years. I even played on Travelling Wilburys stuff and worked on the remaster of All Things Must Pass, an album that was made before I was born."

Source: INews, UK
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Video: Dhani Harrison performs song from new solo album on TV

Dhani Harrison's debut solo album, In///Parallel, was released on October 6. Dhani performed two songs from it on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, as he gears up for his first-ever tour as a headliner. Earlier this year, Dhani gave a humorous speech for the Electric Light Orchestra's Rock Hall Class of 2017 induction.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Review: Dhani Harrison confident as father's son, free agent

On his album In///Parallel, Dhani Harrison doesn't hide from, nor does he duplicate, the sounds of his late father, George Harrison. The younger Harrison builds on the legacy in a way that seems at once familiar, original and assured. In///Parallel is a sonic marvel that should reveal and reward over repeated listening.

Related Articles  Source: DR Reports
Thursday, September 28, 2017
First Listen: Dhani Harrison, In///Parallel

After years of collaborations, the son of The Beatles' George Harrison is finally releasing his solo debut album, the mesmerizing In///Parallel. Dhani could have done the George Harrison tribute circuit forever. Instead, he went searching for what he alone might contribute to the ongoing conversation of rock.

Related Articles  Source: NPR
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The Allah-Las celebrate psych roots with George Harrison cover

Psych-rock revivalists Allah-Las have long incorporated the shimmering guitar tones and sensuous pop hooks of the genre's forebears into their own music, and they continue to wear their influences proudly with a new cover of George Harrison's "Fish on the Sand," which is premiering today exclusively on the Billboard website.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Video: Annie Lennox, Dhani Harrison sing Isn't It a Pity

Following singer Annie Lennox's acceptance speech at an event in New York City last night (Sept. 18) honoring her with the George Harrison Global Citizen Award, she invited Dhani Harrison to join her onstage. The pair then performed George Harrison's Isn't It a Pity as well as a brief portion of the Beatles' Hey Jude.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Philadelphia art dealer brings Beatles artwork together at exhibit

Philadelphia art dealer Neal Glaser first worked with Ringo Starr, exhibiting his work around the country and at shows with his All-Starr Band. He also is the distributor of fine art lithographs signed by Paul McCartney, the proceeds of which go to charities. His latest exhibit brings together the art of Paul, Ringo and George Harrison.

Source: Connecticut Post
Monday, September 11, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison shares new single from upcoming solo album

Dhani Harrison has shared "Admiral Of Upside Down" from his forthcoming solo debut, In///Parallel, which comes out October 6. You can hear a bit of his father's voice in the song, which begins gentle and psychedelic but builds to a guitar heroics crescendo. Dhani will performing a short tour, beginning in Brooklyn on November 6.

Related Articles  Source: Brooklyn Vegan
Friday, September 8, 2017

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison announces first headlining tour

In support of his debut solo album, In///Parallel, Dhani Harrison has announced a brief tour that will take him to several U.S. cities in November. It's his first-ever tour as a headlining artist. The tour hits New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The new album In///Parallel is in stores on October 6.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017
George Harrison's Norwegian Wood sitar to be auctioned

George Harrison's personal sitar from 1965, which was used to record Norwegian Wood will be auctioned in Los Angeles on September 28. Harrison purchased it from a shop in London in 1965. He said, "I hadn't really figured out what to do with it. It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked."

Related Articles  Source: Broadway World
Monday, September 4, 2017
Unreleased George Harrison track set to fetch 15,000 at Beatles auction

An unreleased track by George Harrison is to be auctioned along with a series of unseen images of the band. The secret 1968 song, Hello Miss Mary Bee, comes on a reel-to-reel tape which also includes alternative recordings of several Beatles hits. The Indian-influenced track was produced around the time of Wonderwall Music.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
George Harrison's great song that doesn't get talked about

It's All Too Much, buried on Yellow Submarine, is one of the most satisfying rock songs I know. It opens with bravura feedback followed by a welling up of guitar, organ, and drums. In "All Too Much," he celebrated oneness with the Giant All. In that same song, he also recognized that oneness has its limits.

Source: Splice Today
Monday, August 28, 2017
Limited edition George Harrison Telecaster coming from Fender

When the Byrds saw A Hard Day's Night, they ran out and bought Rickenbacker guitars. In Hamburg, they play German instruments, Paul McCartney a Hofner bass, Ringo on Ludwig drums, and Harrison a Gretsch guitar. Fender changed that with an all-rosewood Telecaster which became iconic during the Let It Be rooftop session.

Source: Den of Geek
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Beatles Channel to launch weekly show featuring George Harrison music

SIRIUSXM announced the launch of Dark Horse Radio, a weekly show dedicated to George Harrison's music and his favorites, on August 24 on The Beatles Channel. Dark Horse Radio will feature music curated by George Harrison's estate and will include both his original songs and some of his own musical influences.

Related Articles  Source: All Access Music
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox to receive George Harrison Global Citizen Award

It was announced today that Annie Lennox would be this year's recipient of the now-annual George Harrison Global Citizen Award. She will be honored for her humanitarian efforts at an event on Sept. 18, at NYU, as part of the 2017 Global Citizen Festival, will hold a concert with Stevie Wonder and Green Day in New York's Central Park on Sept. 23.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Beatles Fan Club historian to speak at Beatles festival

Sara Schmidt, author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis, will be one of the guest authors for Beatles at the Ridge Symposium, Sept. 15-16 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Schmidt will talk about new book she is writing about Beatles Fan Clubs and share the true story of George Harrison's days in Benton, IL in 1963.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
George Harrison immigration files released

A telegram, a terse protest of the bombing of Cambodia, addressed to then-President Richard Nixon and sent to the White House by George Harrison on August 16, 1973, is one page of 90 released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Harrison's records help complete a story of Nixon's government paranoia.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Louise Harrison
Interview: Louise Harrison on her parents' influence on George

In a new interview, Louise Harrison talks about George Harrison and his dad. "My mum had died in 1970 and so at that point, dad started accompanying George on a lot of things he was doing...His calmness and strength was great for George, especially when he was doing things like the Bangladesh concert...He needed Dad's strength."

Source: Rebeat
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eric Clapton
New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, September 7th to 17th, before airing on Showtime in 2018. The film features interviews with Clapton's family, friends, musical collaborators, peers and heroes, including late musicians like B.B. King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Concert For Bangladesh: Looking back

On August 1, 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Not only was it Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring five years earlier, it would go down as one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history, with appearances by Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Review: Dhani Harrison Live at The Echo, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison headlined the first show ever played under his own name at The Echo Monday night. Upon taking the stage, Harrison dropped straight in to a In///Parallel banger, the Floydian "Summertime Police." Heavy thump came courtesy of thick and crunchy bass from Blas Perez and the drumming of Chris Hornbrook.

Related Articles  Source: Mxdwn
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
George Harrison's Sgt. Pepper Vox UL730 amp goes up for sale

One of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George Harrison used on the Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now for sale online. The amplifier, which has been exhibited in The Beatles Story, Liverpool, comes with two provenance documents confirming that it indeed belonged to George Harrison.

Source: Guitar World
Friday, July 21, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison announces debut solo album

In///Parallel, the debut solo album by Dhani Harrison, will be released via BMG Records on Oct. 6. Dhani, the son of George and Olivia Harrison, will also perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, next Monday, July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City, July 30. It is now available for pre-order.

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Fender debuts new signature George Harrison guitar

Fender has announced four new artist signature models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including the limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, which embodies Harrison's elegantly restrained playing style and sound, based on his original Telecaster. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City of Benton says no to George Harrison mural

Benton City Council members nixed the idea of a proposed Beatles-themed mural near Interstate 57, saying it has no economic benefit to the city. Artist John Cerney had the idea of painting the 16-foot mural depicting George Harrison and his fans in Benton because of the story behind George visiting his sister Lousie there.

Source: Benton News
Monday, July 10, 2017
Unseen photos show John Lennon and George Harrison together in 1971

Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer. The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked Lennon to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison

It's the early 90s, a small activity centre in the Brecon Beacons, and the man who wrote Here Comes the Sun wants to know how his young son's getting on. "Hello." "Hello. Who is it this time?" "Hayley. I work in the kitchen." There was a chuckle down the line. "What a great thing to do." There was no sarcasm, he was being nice.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
George Harrison's fish-eye selfies in India

In 1966 George Harrison took a trip to India, and what resulted was an array of picturesque fish-eye selfies that perfectly capture that eastern tangent to The Beatles' discography. Besides the fact that there is actually a compilation of George Harrison selfies in existence, it's the shots themselves that are so remarkable.

Source: Happy
Monday, July 3, 2017
George Formby's banjolele sells at auction for 28,500

A banjo ukulele formerly owned by popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby has been sold at auction for 28,500 (about $37,000). The instrument attracted worldwide interest with bids from America and Dubai. George Harrison tried to buy the banjolele from a previous owner in the early 90s, but he would not part with it.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, June 30, 2017
Banjo ukelele owned by George Formby to be sold at auction

Legendary singer-songwriter George Formby's famous banjo ukelele, a valuable Gibson UB3, one of the three that Formby owned, will be going under the hammer today, and is expected to sell for between 20,000 and 30,000 (about $39,000). George Harrison was a big fan of George Formby, he owned two of Formby's ukuleles.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mercedes once owned by George Harrison to go up for sale

A customised black 500SEL Mercedes owned by George Harrison for 16-years will be sold by its owner, a rock memorabilia collector owner, at auction in late November. The car, which Harrison also used to give Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr lifts to the studio, was found in Brighton while researching his lifelong love affair with Mercedes.

Source: Cambridge News, UK
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Former Beatle's house open to public for temple open day

A Hindu temple is welcoming members of the public to share their culture in its annual family open day. Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, Hilfield Lane will be opening its doors to people of all faiths on Saturday, July 1. The building and the grounds in Radlett were donated by the late Beatles member George Harrison.

Source: Hendon & Finchley Times, UK

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