Category: benefit concert

Mick Jagger, 1973 benefit concert at the LA Fo…

Mick Jagger, 1973 benefit concert at the LA Forum for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake, by James Fortune, via

George Harrison, The Concert for Bangladesh, A…

George Harrison, The Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971.

George Harrison & Eric Clapton, “While My …

George Harrison & Eric Clapton, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the Concert for Bangladesh, August 1 1971, New York City

George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh at Mad…

George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, August 1, 1971. 

George Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun”, August …

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, Concert for Bangladesh at Mad…

George Harrison, Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, August 1, 1971. 

George Harrison & Bob Dylan, rehearsal for…

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

Roger’s Flaming Gong! Pink Floyd at Earls Cour…

Roger’s Flaming Gong! Pink Floyd at Earls Court, SHELTER-National Campaign for the Homeless benefit, May 18, 1973, by David Warner Ellis.

Jimi Hendrix, at the United Block Association …

Jimi Hendrix, at the United Block Association Harlem Benefit, 139th Street & Lenox Avenue, New York, September 5, 1969. 

“Seeing Jimi in Harlem, it was blaz­ingly apparent that he has a new spirit. […] 
He had enthusiasm and willingness to boogie. For the finale…he said,
‘Now we’re gonna play the Harlem National Anthem,’ and stepped on his
trusty wah-wah pedal for a dynamite version of ‘Voodoo Child (Slight
Return).’” 

Many more pix and amazing stories here.

Mick Jagger (with Mick Taylor in the backgro…

Mick Jagger (with Mick Taylor in the background), 1973 benefit concert at the LA Forum for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake, by James Fortune, via jamesfortunephotography.com