Category: 1971 concert

George Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun”, August 1, 1971

From the Concert for Bangladesh of course. You can see at the beginning how nervous George was! Not only his first solo performance, his first concert appearance at all since 1966, featuring his first performances of his own compositions ever – but here, also for the first time on stage, vulnerable and stripped down to an acoustic guitar. George’s little smile as the audience reaches out to him is priceless.

His duet partner, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, later revealed that they hadn’t even rehearsed! “George just wanted to keep it simple,” he said. After George told him the chord changes, Pete ducked into his hotel room to listen to the version on Abbey Road a couple of times, and that’s all there was time for! 

The result: magic. And beauty and joy and, yes, sun, sun, sun! Here it comes!

(Mi pequeña, está toda bien!)

(Note that by the time you come across this post, the video may have been taken down. It happens. Here’s the YouTube search for you to find another version. Worth the extra clicks!)

George Harrison & Bob Dylan, rehearsal for Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971, New York City. 

Led Zeppelin, March 6 1971: Dublin, The National Stadium.

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin acoustic trio, ZEPtember 3, 1971, Madison Square Garden. 

Red Zeppelin: Robert Plant in Los Angeles, August 21, 1971, by Kevin C. Goff, my edit of original via reddit

Pink Floyd at Pompeii, October 4-7, 1971: Nick Mason in motion

Led Zeppelin acoustic trio, ZEPtember 1971, Honolulu. (They played both Zeptember 16 and 17 – I’m not sure which this is from.) Photo by Robert Knight. 




Led Zeppelin, March 21 1971, Nottingham Boat Club, to promote the upcoming release of Led Zeppelin IV

The Boat Club. Two appearances there iirc.

The first was April 6, 1969. When they returned in 1971, they played FOR FREE! 

“They saw the Boat as one of the stepping stones to success and wanted to come back and say thanks,” says Club president Keith Atkinson. “It was one of the highlights of Boat Club history. We had to stop people climbing over the balcony to get in.“ via

Eric Clapton, rehearsing for The Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971

The Concert for Bangladesh: George Harrison, Leon Russell, and Bob Dylan, August 1, 1971, by Alan Pariser