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George Harrison Week On Conan
24 September 2014
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Musketeer Gripweed
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Anybody watch Conan? This week he's doing a tribute to George, having musical guests perform his songs. Tonight Paul Simon performed Here Comes The Sun . He also told a funny story about giant stones in Georges yard the story reference a McCartney release Standing Stones I believe. Heres the video of Beck performing Wah Wah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....U1Vdz-w8 

24 September 2014
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Yeah, I posted about it in the news, best covers and Fiendish Thingies threads.

Edit: My post about seeing Paul Simon below:

I just got back from the Conan taping with Paul Simon as the musical guest. His performance was, in Conan's words, "stunning." I'll add a link to the YouTube video tomorrow. But if you can catch it tonight, you should. He performs and then sits down with Conan and shares a few stories.

[Removing spoiler tags.] He performed "Here Comes The Sun ." I don't know if you'll hear it on TV, but when the audience recognized the song, there was a soft "awwww." It was so gorgeous. And you could have heard a pin drop during the interview, the audience was so in thrall. We gave him a standing ovation.

There were a few people wearing Beatle shirts in the crowd, so I talked to a few. Amazingly, one of the guys was wearing a Let It Be shirt didn't know it was George Harrison Week, so that was an extra bonus for him.

I'm glad I was able to see it in person, because I'm sure some of the warmth of the performance will be lost when I see it on TV. I was almost in tears. Also, the small screen doesn't give justice to the beautiful set design.

Also, a little tidbit - and I may have been the only Beatle fan to catch this - Dhani was in the audience, presumably with his band. They slipped away right after the interview.

I was waitlisted for tomorrow's show with Dhani, but as luck would have it, a ticket became available, so I'm going again. This sort of makes up for getting shut out of George Fest. :-D

Edit: Paul Simon interview, with transcript if you can't view the video.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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parlance said
Yeah, I posted about it in the news, best covers and Fiendish Thingies threads.

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OH right didn't get to check there. Feel free to merge if want or can add all the performances and interviews to this one. 

24 September 2014
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YouTube video of Paul Simon on Conan O'Brien last night (they haven't posted the interview there yet):

 

http://youtu.be/lGKZzPb_Y3Y

 

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25 September 2014
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Just got back from my second (and last) taping of Conan. I arrived earlier and one of the audience coordinators beamed at me and said, "You came back!" I told her how I'd been waitlisted for today's show, and the ticket became available while I was in yesterday's taping. As we waited, I made fast friends with a nice lady wearing a sparkly Beatles t-shirt.

My earlier arrival was rewarded this time with a front row seat. Which sounds awesome, and was extremely exciting right up through the monologue (during the band warm-up, La Bamba came over and sang right at me). It was terrible for everything else because all the cameras were in my line of sight. But I manged to move around in seat/fake-crouch enough to see between the arms and legs of crew members.

There are only two guests for tonight: Luke Wilson, then Dhani "and friends" (a billing Dhani found highly amusing). So needless to say, there's both an interview with Dhani and the performance. And the performance itself is amazing - he performed one of my favorite George songs.

[Edit: Removed spoiler tag] They did "Let It Down !" OMG, I had to contain myself from screaming, remembering I was at a taping and not a concert. Conan's bandleader later confirmed that George never performed it live.

Going by the Facebook post, it was Dhani, Jonathan Bates from Big Black Delta, Mark Stoermer from The Killers, Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction, Aaron Embry, Jimmy Vivino "and more!" The "and more!" turned out to be Conan's Basic Cable Band filling in the horns. I couldn't stop bouncing in my seat. It was pitch perfect. Dhani's voice, his guitar playing, the way the ended it with a jam session. It was a dream come true hearing the song, and so thrilling to watch Dhani take his place front and center singing and playing guitar unlike the Concert for George. The online post doesn't do nearly enough justice to the power of hearing it live. I also notice that Dhani sounds nervous, which makes my heart go d'awww....

Afterward, Dhani and Conan mostly talked about the journey of creating the box set, and how it's been a long time coming, seeing as we're nearing the 13th anniversary of George's death. He spoke warmly of everyone who has helped out with the upcoming concert and this week of performances. And Conan spoke of how generous Dhani has been to him, inviting him to Friar Park and letting him see and touch his dad's guitars. Warm fuzzies all round.

Someone later asked me of any other impressions I have of Dhani, so let's see... I feel like he looks less like his father and more like his mother over time. The resemblance is still striking, but not as spooky as before. He's so tiny compared to Conan. He's all business. He was just a spry little jackrabbit tuning his guitar and getting ready, super-focused. Afterward, during the interview, he seemed much more relaxed (it's really funny when he pokes gentle fun at the "and friends" part - you might even hear me laugh during that part). I don't necessarily see his father's mannerisms in him, but I do see his father's humor. I think the Conan connection makes sense, given his father's connection to the Monty Pythons. Despite his understandable nervousness today, overall, he comes across to me as self-assured.

Conan said a bonus performance will be posted online. That must have been recorded before we were allowed into the studio.

Afterward, I caught up with my new friend, who had been given a call sheet as a souvenir, and she let me take photos of it.

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It was over too soon. I wish I could go to the concert, but I'm grateful to have had a little taste this week.

[x-posted to the Fiendish Thingies thread]

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25 September 2014
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Dhani's performance of Let It Down is already online

Edit: You Tube:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....2HSmsctFTU

 

[x-posted to the news]

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25 September 2014
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Dhani and Conan:

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

25 September 2014
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The bonus performance is online as well: Dhani Harrison & Friends Featuring Big Black Delta "Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)"

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I have enjoyed these performances. I didn't really like Beck's version of 'Wah Wah ' but Paul Simon's 'Here Comes The Sun ' and his interview was excellent along with Dhani's performance of 'Let It Down ' Wow!!

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25 September 2014
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Same as The Inner Light - had to turn off Beck halfway through, Paul Simon is nearly always good and Dhani was savage (bit bias maybe but screw it :) ).  

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25 September 2014
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Instagram video of Dhani and friends backstage. Looks like someone has a cigar box guitar.

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Norah Jones' performance of "Behind That Locked Door " on Conan is online. Here's the YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....HUh4127Sqo

 

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