George Harrison – Final Live Performance?

Surfing the Internet today we came across this YouTube clip.

It’s from the VH1 cable TV channel in the US – way back in 1997.

They claim it is George Harrison’s last ever live public performance before his untimely death on November 29, 2001. We don’t have a way to verify that – unless anyone out there can add to the discussion? But even if it’s not true it is an extraordinarily frank interview which includes an impromptu rendition of the then un-released song ‘Any Road‘ on a borrowed guitar. ‘Any Road’ was later released posthumously on George’s Brainwashed album in 2002:

VH1 put the interview together with some linking historical pieces and re-broadcasted it as part of their commemorations on the day of George’s death. He was on the promo trail in 1997 with Ravi Shankar for the CD Chants of India (which George produced) and had dropped into the studio unexpectedly. What unfolded was simply great seat-of-the-pants TV.

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4 thoughts on “George Harrison – Final Live Performance?

  1. it was great i have it on dvd, which i made from my hifi stereo vhs tape i recorded when it first aired and again on his passing. this time straight to dvd. very lucky to find a guitar as he did not bring one. you could tell the interviewer, him self a big fan, was gushing like a school kid

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  2. George’s last live performance was NOT on VH1 but at Carl Perkins’ funeral in January 1998. He sang an impromptu rendition of Carl’s song “Your True Love” at the request of Wynona Judd to end the service. It was broadcast on local television. Here is a link to view the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhodRyCifWI Here is a review: mtv.com/news/articles/2805/stars-turn-out-rockabilly-king-carl-perkins-funeral.jhtml

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  3. George’s last live performance was NOT on VH1 but at Carl Perkins’ funeral in January 1998. He sang an impromptu rendition of Carl’s song “Your True Love” at the request of Wynona Judd to end the service. It was broadcast on local television. Here is a link to view the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhodRyCifWI Here is a review: mtv.com/news/articles/2805/stars-turn-out-rockabilly-king-carl-perkins-funeral.jhtml

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