Abramorama, in association with Concord Music, announced today (2/8) they will present a special limited theatrical run of Concert for George, remastered in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound beginning February 20, 2018. February 25th marks what would have been George Harrison‘s 75th birthday. Due to an overwhelming response from theaters in North America, the film has already been booked into more than 75 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, with the list growing daily. The International roll-out of the film will be announced next week.
Over the years, Abramorama has a proven track record in the music driven film space, partnering several times with Neil Young, Green Day, Pearl Jam and now once again with a member of The Beatles. Abramorama released the Ron Howard documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years in 2016. Through limited engagements and event screenings, the film grossed close to $3 million in the U.S. and more than $12 million worldwide.
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.
Directed by David Leland (Wish You Were Here,HBO’s Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys’ video “Handle With Care”), Concert for George captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (featuring Eric Clapton on guitar, Paul McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison’s longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director.
Concert for George has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
In conjunction with the theatrical release, the sound recordings from Concert for George will also be reissued for the very first time on vinyl (available as a 4-LP Box Set, as well as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set) and on audio streaming services, as well as on 2CD/2DVD, 2CD/2Blu-Ray and 2CD formats via Concord Music. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration.