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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (live at the Royal Albert Hall, 1992)

Posted by on August 22, 2011 at 6:00 am.

Welcome to the Beatles Rarity Of The Week. This week’s BROW is now available as a podcast. George Harrison’s live appearances in the aftermath of The Beatles were infrequent to say the least. Aside from a major 1974 tour of the United States and a 1991 tour of Japan with Eric Clapton, George’s live performances onstage were limited to special events or charities such as the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala in 1987 or the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971. This week’s BROW features a sizzling performance by George from the last full concert in his lifetime.

On April 6, 1992, George held a benefit concert for the Natural Law Party, a transnational party based on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The venue was the Royal Albert Hall, making this George’s first complete live concert performance in London since the famous rooftop concert by The Beatles in January 1969. Joining George on stage for his performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was the late Gary Moore. Gary was a phenomenal blues and rock guitarist and had worked with greats such as B.B. King and Albert King. He was also a member of the 70’s rock band Thin Lizzy. He had worked with George before, and had even played the lead guitar solo on the Traveling Wilburys recording, “She’s My Baby.” Sadly, Gary passed away due to a heart attack this past February (2011).

Also joining George onstage for this Beatles White Album classic was a drummer, I’m sure you’ve heard of, by the name of Ringo Starr.

With a large focus on George now, perhaps due to the upcoming Martin Scorsese film on his life, I thought this was a good time to share this little piece of history with you. Enjoy…

 

George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

 

George Harrison, circa 1992

George Harrison, circa 1992

Extra info: While this recording comes from George’s last full concert, he did make a subsequent appearance at Madison Square Gardens on October 16, 1992 at a tribute concert for Bob Dylan celebrating the 30 year point in Bob’s career. George performed the Dylan classics “If Not For You” (which you may listen to here) and “Absolutely Sweet Marie” (available on the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration CD set, linked to below).

Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:

1) Prince’s Trust Rock Gala [VHS] – VHS (not out on DVD/Blu-Ray!) tape of June 1987 Pince’s Trust Rock Gala with many special musical guests, including George Harrison who performs The Beatles classics While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes The Sun.

2) 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – 2-CD 1992 Bob Dylan tribute concert footage, starring George Harrison. George performs the Dylan composition Absolutely Sweet Marie.

3) Additional Amazon links for your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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12 Comments

  • Chip says:

    Love the photo. Is that what he used for his LinkedIn profile?

  • Stacia says:

    LOL @ Chip.

    Wow, this really is a great version of the song. Love the background vocals too.

  • Elliott Marx says:

    I love this energetic performance of this song. George’s voice is beautiful. I was wondering, did George do the short tour of England with Delaney and Bonnie before or after the Rooftop?

    • Happy Nat says:

      That was in December 1969, EM. I just didn’t count that since he was just a ‘sitting-in’ backing musician for D & B (along with Eric Clapton). I believe it was at the Royal Albert Hall though.

      • Happy Nat says:

        Elliott, I should have said it was in Dec. 1969 and the rooftop was earlier in January 1969. There is a CD set out by Rhino that has coverage from that Delaney & Bonnie tour, btw.

  • Angie Martindale says:

    Love the ovation for Ringo!

  • David Weale says:

    I was very lucky to be at this 1992 concert. I heard it advertised on the radio and just went down to the Albert Hall and got in. I wish iPhones had been invented then! There was no concert programme apart from a flyer about the natural law party. It was a sensational gig. I just remember hearing Piggies and thinking that I’d never heard any of the Beatles work live at that point. The atmosphere was amazing. Incredible to think it was his last full gig. I’m sure Joe Walsh was on stage too. Every song was greeted with a kind of hysteria! Wonderful night!

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