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The Harrison Concert That Never Was

NEW YORK, NY (January 26, 2002) Radio Crow


Before brain cancer left him unable to perform live, George Harrison was planning a final concert; a follow-up to the Concert for Bangladesh he organized at Madison Square Garden in New York 30 years ago.

“He was working on a fundraiser that would have benefited charities connected to the U.N.,” says David Clark of Education Powers Our Planet, a group that was working with Harrison. “He was very concerned that the money go to worthy causes and wanted to make sure that was all solidly in place,” says Clark. “We had reached out to the people who had played at the original concert 30 years ago, people such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr, and had commitments from most of them, and we had also booked several days at Madison Square Garden, where the original concert was held, but we had to cancel when it became clear that (George Harrison) was too sick to play.”

Clark is hoping other participants will proceed with the concert in memory of Harrison. “we would want to wait for a respectable amount of time and we wouldn’t proceed without the blessings of Olivia, his widow. It’s really up to her and George Harrison’s camp.”