Tuesday, 10 December 2013

George and Ringo

George at Bobfest

Bob Dylan's "30th Anniversary Concert Celebration" was held on October 16, 1992 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the concert featured many artists performing classic Dylan songs, including George Harrison. During the star-studded celebration of the music of Dylan, George performed the songs "If Not For You" and "Absolutely Sweet Marie", and returned later as part of the encore to join in on the numbers "My Back Pages" and "Knockin' On Heaven's Door". The event was screened live on pay-per-view cable TV in America, and broadcast live simultaneously on FM radio in stereo. The concert was released on CD and VHS video in 1993. However, both releases only included one of George's songs, "Absolutely Sweet Marie". But as the full concert had also been shown on TV, people had managed to tape Harrison's other song, "If Not For You". What no one realised at the time, was that this was to become George Harrison's final real concert appearance.

Now the concert is due out on DVD and Blu-ray next year, according to another of the participating artists, Sinead O'Connor. Let's hope they will include both songs this time around. Meanwhile, someone had filmed the rehearsals before the concert, and that tape has leaked.

Ringo - You're Sixteen

Back in 1978, Ringo made a TV movie with a storyline, and George Harrison introduced it. In this update of the "Prince and the Pauper", Ringo Starr is the most famous rock drummer in the world, but has become bored with his life as an iconic pop star, while Ognir Rats is a shy, bullied nobody with a lousy job and an abusive father. When Ringo sees Ognir and notices they share a strong resemblance to each other, they decide to switch places. Once, Ringo gets a taste of Ognir's troubled life and Ognir is caught up in Ringo's busy schedule, can things be straighten out before Ringo's big concert, later that night? Ringo plays both parts, Carrie Fisher (straight from her role as Princess Leia) is Ognir's girlfriend, and other famous people are playing other characters in the film. It has never been out as a home movie, not on video and not on DVD. The movie was full of songs, and one of these was effectively a music video for Ringo's no. 1 hit single, "You're Sixteen".

Directed by Michael Mileham in collaboration with animator Linda Taylor.

Outtakes from the TV special has also leaked.

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