Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VIDEO: Tom Petty rocks Beatles classic on George Harrison tribute concert reissue

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers perform The Beatles’ classic, “I Need You”, in the latest video preview to the February 23 release of “Concert For George”, a 2002 tribute event in honor of George Harrison that is being reissued to mark the late guitarist’s 75th birthday on February 25.

The song first appeared on the UK band’s 1965 album and soundtrack from their film, “Help!”

Directed by David Leland, “Concert For George” features a variety of artists performing at a November 29, 2002 tribute show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on the first anniversary of Harrison’s passing from lung cancer at the age of 58.

"We will always celebrate George's birthday,” says his widow, Olivia Harrison, “and this year we are releasing Concert For George in a very special package in memory of a special man."

The project will be reissued as a Deluxe Edition Box Set, a 4-LP Box Set, plus new CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray combo packages.

The Deluxe Box Set – limited to 1000 copies worldwide – features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert on 4 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-rays, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the show.

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from the evening, and features a special etching on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration.

The DVD and Blu-ray feature the complete filmed concert, as well as the original theatrical version that also includes interviews with performers, rehearsal footage and behind-the-scenes material. The Blu-ray also adds an exclusive interview segment, "Drummers", where Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner add their personal thoughts on Harrison and the star-studded tribute.

“Concert For George” has been certified 8-times US platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003, and it earned a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

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