Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr play Harrison tribute. The surviving Beatles perform alongside Eric Clapton and Tom Petty at Royal Albert Hall

By Brian Hiatt
December 02, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
George Harrison: Alpha/Globe Photos

The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, came together Friday night to pay tribute to fallen bandmate George Harrison. The tribute concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall also included performances from Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar and former members of Monty Python (Harrison produced several of the comedy troupe’s films).

McCartney performed several of Harrison’s songs, including ”Something,” ”All Things Must Pass,” and ”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (with help from Clapton), according to a press release from concert promoters. Starr introduced McCartney, but the pair played together only in a closing jam session that included all of the night’s musicians. ”What a night,” Starr said, according to the Associated Press. ”I loved George and George loved me.”

Funds raised by the concert went to a charity founded by Harrison, who died of cancer last November. His posthumous album ”Brainwashed” was released last month.

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