10/6/17: Dhani Harrison & Company “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has always been one of my favorite Beatles songs. Actually, it’s more of a George Harrison tune – seeing as he wrote it and fought pretty hard to get it put on The Beatles’ “White Album.”
When the band was recording it, though, George wasn’t quite satisfied with how his own guitar solo sounded. When Eric Clapton is one of your best friends and you have a guitar solo that needs doing, that’s who you call. George knew this, gave Eric a call, and Clapton showed up at the studio to lay down one of the most recognized solos in The Beatles’ considerable discography.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about departed rock stars, for obvious reasons. As everybody knows, George left us years ago… and that still hurts a little bit, even though the wound isn’t quite fresh anymore. We’ve just had so many rock icons die in the last couple of years, too many to mention by name, that it’s starting to feel like something is ending. Tom Petty just the other day, Prince not too long ago… these are the kind of losses that hit hard when music matters so much to you. It’s a good thing that all their music will live on, both directly for us to listen to and indirectly in the future artists that will be inspired by it.
Anyway. Back in 2003, during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, there was an amazing all-star band that got together on stage to perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” The stage was filled with star power: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne shared lead vocals, Steve Winwood and Dhani Harrison (George’s son) were on hand – along with a slew of other multi-talented performers – playing guitar, singing, all in an amazing tribute to George Harrison. When it came time for a solo, Prince stepped up the spotlight and delivered three and a half minutes worth of lead guitar that just blew everybody away. He clearly had a great time doing it, too… all his signature showmanship and guitar chops probably surprising some of the people in the room.
Dhani Harrison, who seemed to be ecstatic that Prince was a part of the celebration, was my favorite part of the performance. He just seemed astounded, excited, and delighted. It was an unforgettable live performance of a song that holds a special place in a lot of hearts, and I think everybody on stage and in the audience knew it.
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July and at Local 506 in August, and The Carrboro Music Festival in September; the School of Rock students’ next public performance will be Sunday, October 29th on the Southern Village Green!
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