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Through the Filters – George Harrison & Friends

By Brian | January 5, 2012 | Share on Facebook

Someone in my Facebook feed sent a link to this classic video. It’s entitled “George Harrison & Friends,” but I’m 99% sure it’s the jam session for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that year. I saw a TV special years ago, hosted by Paul Shaffer, in which he described the impromptu performance. Apparently, Shaffer wanted everyone at the event on stage at once, and Billy Joel suggested I Saw Her Standing There, which he had performed on piano in the past. The resulting jam not only had Ringo Starr and George Harrison re-creating their original tune, but also some fantastic combinations (like Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen singing into the same mic).

Today’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame jams are much more rehearsed (and tame) by comparison, probably due to the various electronic requirements that many of today’s musicians have before they can go on stage and make music. That, or their inflated egos. Or perhaps today’s crop of musicians just aren’t as talented as the older folks? Maybe all three…

Anyway, whatever the reason(s), enjoy the good ol’ days:

One last comment: this video is a great jumping off point for some serious YouTube surfing, if you’re into that sort of thing. The “related videos” list that YouTube provides includes several live collaborations as well as some classic Beatles performances, and I’m sure each of those videos has some great related videos as well. Happy surfing!

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One Response to “Through the Filters – George Harrison & Friends”

  1. Mike says at January 5th, 2012 at 9:06 pm :
    Yep, looks like it’s from 1988. Always fun to see worlds collide and performers collaborate. http://www.readjunk.com/news/music/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-25th-anniversary-3-disc-dvd-set-out-nov-3rd/

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