In honor of George Harrison's birthday on February 25, his family will release a Deluxe Edition Box Set of the legendary Concert for George
on newly remastered LPs with both CD/DVD and CD/Blue Ray packages.
The set will also include a limited edition 12" x 12" hardbound book with photos of the concert which took place in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall in honor of George's life and music and featured pals Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and Jeff Lynne. Proceeds from the sale of will support The Material World Foundation. Concert for George
will also be shown at select independent theaters around the U.S. this spring. Visit the website details
and read our in-depth look at The Beatles final appearance as a band on the rooftop of their office and studios on London's Saville Row in 1969. Also, Casino fans should check out our interview with Beatles instrument expert Andy Babiuk
who goes in-depth into how The Beatles came to play Epiphone in the mid 60s.
"George and John had this thing about having matching guitars which goes back to a Shadows kind-of-thing," Babiuk told Epiphone. "They both had J-160Es
, then George got a Rickenbacker and painted it black so it would look like John's Rickenbacker, they both had Rickenbacker 12-strings and then they both had Strats. So in 1966, lo and behold, they send Mal (Evans, Beatles roadie) to get two Epiphone Casinos
. And I think it was highly influenced by Paul because he had one. When it came time to recording or going out on the road or performing on television, they took out their new guitars. It was probably as simple as that. The Casinos were lightweight, they sounded nice, so they took them on the '66 tour."