October 3, 2011 11:49
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to bandmate at premiere of George Harrison film
Noel Gallagher, Yoko Ono and Billy Connolly turn out at London premiere of Martin Scorsese doc
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were joined by Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani, along with friends, family and high-profile admirers including the director Martin Scorsese, plus Yoko Ono, Sir George Martin, Noel Gallagher, Sir Ben Kingsley, Billy Connolly, Terry Gilliam, Ronnie Wood and Harrison's first wife Pattie Boyd.
McCartney told BBC News that his bandmate, who died of lung cancer in 2001 aged 58, was "a great man". He continued:
Every time I see something to do with George it brings back more memories than you would believe. He was my little mate on the school bus. A lot of fond memories. He's sorely missed by us all.
A simultaneous premiere was held in the band's hometown of Liverpool. The exhaustive film, which took Oscar-winner Scorsese five years to complete, documents the guitarist's rise to fame and his dedication to his philanthropic work.
The director said:
For years, his music seemed to be dealing with themes that I connected with. I found comfort in them and a hope and a special experience listening to his music. I was fascinated by him.
George Harrison: Living In The Material World will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday (October 10), and will be shown as an Arena special on BBC Two later this year.
- Previous: Elbow, Marina and the Diamonds, Example for Mencap Little Noise sessions
- Next: Former Ramones bassist C.J Ramone reveals he turned down the chance to join Metallica