A TRIBUTE show honoring a Beatles legend will take place at Romsey’s Plaza Theatre.
The George Harrison Project is a live celebration of the songs written and performed by the lead guitarist who rose to fame with the Beatles.
The five-piece tribute act will take to the stage at Romsey’s Plaza Theater on Saturday, September 3, and will give away two free tickets to one competition winner. (See bottom of page)
Alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Harrison helped the band become the best-selling musical act of all time with 600 million units moved worldwide.
Allan Gifford, drummer for the George Harrison Project, said: “We are so excited to bring this show to The Plaza for the first time. We know how much love and attention the staff and volunteers put into this characterful Art Deco venue.
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“Some of us in the George Harrison Project have played The Plaza before in other shows, and we know how much audiences love their live music. Venues like The Plaza play such an important role in their local communities. Its variety of productions, including theatre, music, comedy, pantomime, theater and dance, means it offers something for everyone.
After Liverpudlian’s quartet Time on Beatlemania, the songwriter joined the Traveling Wilburys, a supergroup made up of Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.
Harrison, who died in 2001, also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing 12 studio albums, including the classic triple album Everything must pass, live in the material world, Cloud Nine and Brainwashing.
During the show, some of his best-known songs will be performed, including My sweet lord, something, while my guitar quietly cries and here comes the sun.
Allan, 55, added: “In our show we perform a variety of songs by George from the Beatles, his solo career and the Traveling Wilburys. We include many of the favorites of course, but also some that are played less often live.
“Naturally, we have aroused the interest of many Beatles fans. But we also found many people who are fans of George’s solo career. And of course, being the supergroup that they are, the Traveling Wilburys also attract a lot of fans. But what’s also interesting is that we have people of all ages coming to our show.
“We are not a lookalike tribute act. Our show is a live musical celebration of George’s music. We love what he wrote and performed, and we use our show to collect various pieces of his music in one place for George fans. But we think we’ve formed a movement, because the feedback we’re getting is that people love to hear his music in one place, and we keep people coming back to see the show multiple times.
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The band believe George’s songwriting has often been overshadowed by fellow Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Earlier this year, the owners of Harrison’s childhood home in Liverpool invited The George Harrison Project to visit the house and record acoustic songs there.
For more information or to buy tickets, go to ticketsource.co.uk/plazatheatre/george-harrison-tribute.
Competition for two free tickets: “George Harrison was the first Beatle to have a solo number one hit. What was that?” Send your answer to [email protected] The winner will be drawn from among the correct entries at 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 and notified within 24 hours of the draw.