Monday, February 25, 2013

George Harrison Live Chat (15 February 2001)

Yahoo! Chat Transcript
George Harrison

ChatYahoo_Lisa: Welcome to Yahoo! Chat
ChatYahoo_Lisa: We are here with George Harrison
george_harrison_live: Hello!
george_harrison_live: It's nice to be here!
george_harrison_live: It's my first time on a computer... I'm pretty illiterate :)
yahoomusic asks: What made you decide to re-issue All Things Must Pass now?
george_harrison_live: It's the 30th anniversary and I'm in the process of remastering my entire catalog
george_harrison_live: Which I want to get back into the stores
george_harrison_live: So we started with that one
george_harrison_live: and hopefully during the year
george_harrison_live: We'll be able to come with the next batch and so on
george_harrison_live: So that everything I have ever done will be available.
morvyon asks: George, are you planning a new studio album?
george_harrison_live: Yeah.
george_harrison_live: I hope to put out a new studio album
george_harrison_live: Possibly in November
george_harrison_live: and I have at the moment many songs in various states of completion
george_harrison_live: Possibly 35 songs that I have been working on over the years.
yahoomusic asks: Do you surf the internet much? What types of things do you do online?
george_harrison_live: No, I never surf
george_harrison_live: I don't know the password.
willowy_blonde asks: Hi, my boyfriend wants to know, he's a musician what's your fave electric guitar and do you still have "Rocky" your '61 fender strat?
george_harrison_live: Hello willowy blonde!
george_harrison_live: I still have Rocky!
george_harrison_live: and he can be seen at Cyril's rare guitar shop on
timbarwick asks: Will you be releasing Living in the Material World in a remastered/extra tracks version?
george_harrison_live: Well, as I said before
george_harrison_live: That will be the next one to be remastered
george_harrison_live: I have to get into my tape library to find out if there are any alternate versions of anything.
silbeat asks: Hi George! Glad to hear from you again! Are you planning to do any live performances? If so, where would you like to play? (Please include Argentina!!!). With love from Argentina. Sole, Mara, Silvi, Vale, Gilda, Ale, Sami and Graciela.
george_harrison_live: Hello Argentina! :)
george_harrison_live: At the moment I have no plans for live performances
george_harrison_live: If I do later, I will certainly come to Argentina
rbortega2001 asks: What did you think of Bob Dylan getting nominated for an Oscar?
george_harrison_live: I think he should win it!
george_harrison_live: I think he should win ALL the Oscars
george_harrison_live: all the Tonys
george_harrison_live: all the Grammys
pcpalmiere asks: How has The Rutles influenced your career?
george_harrison_live: I got all my ideas from The Rutles!
george_harrison_live: particularly the 12-string Rickenbacker and slide guitar styles I got from Stig O'Hara.
george_harrison_live: I met him once and he is a super chap.
oldmanalex asks: Hello from Russia, George! Russian fans invite you to play in Moscow! Can you tell, will the Traveling Wilburys reform? Are there any plans to record something with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne?
george_harrison_live: Thank you Russian fans!
george_harrison_live: I'll be there after Argentina!
nattyrobbo asks: Hi George! I'm Natalie, an 18 y.o. girl from Australia, and I'm a HUGE fan. Any hints for a budding guitarist???
george_harrison_live: Yes.
george_harrison_live: Buy a ukulele!
mike_n_tex asks: George, do you ever see a reunion tour with you and Paul and Ringo?
george_harrison_live: Stranger things have happened.
flatcat65 asks: George, Which version of My Sweet Lord do you like best, your original or the new version?
george_harrison_live: I like the new version better.
george_harrison_live: Because it's new!
george_harrison_live: and I like Sam Brown singing it.
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Why did you re-visit it?
george_harrison_live: At the time, the song was so popular and also so controversial that the most important thing about it for me was that it
george_harrison_live: in it's small way
george_harrison_live: conjured up a touch of spirituality
george_harrison_live: something we are very short of...
ChristopherClause asks: Hi George! Christopher here! Thank you for being such an inspiration! What was it like working with Phil Spector? Although I can hear his influence, your "influence" and leadership in the production is clear. God bless you, George!
george_harrison_live: Phil Spector was prob the greatest producer from the 60s and it was good to work with him because I needed some assistance in the control box.
george_harrison_live: Phil is very funny
george_harrison_live: loveable
george_harrison_live: we love him :)
mebissy asks: I have several teenage friends who've just discovered All Things Must Pass. They were wondering about radio airplay. I explained that this was a re-mastered, etc. album - a re-release essentially. They, however (as do I) feel the music is just as cool as it was when you first released the work. Wouldn't it be great if a single was selected and the whole cycle could start again?
george_harrison_live: It's nice to know that teenagers find All Things Must Pass *cool*
george_harrison_live: As far as a single goes,
george_harrison_live: I suppose that's really up to Capitol Records
george_harrison_live: I have no objection!
melissay1 asks: Hi, Mr. Harrison, how do you feel about the Beatles 1 album being top of the charts?
george_harrison_live: It's very nice
george_harrison_live: It's also nice that young children seem to be hearing it for the first time
george_harrison_live: and I think as an alternative form of music for today
george_harrison_live: it has its place alongside all this other stuff.
captainwombat_2000 asks: Out of curiosity, why the garden gnomes on All Things Must Pass?
george_harrison_live: Originally, when we took the photo
george_harrison_live: I had these old Bavarian gnomes
george_harrison_live: which I thought I would put there
george_harrison_live: like kinda... John, Paul, George and Ringo
george_harrison_live: gnomes are very popular in Europe
george_harrison_live: and these gnomes were made in about 1860
george_harrison_live: so, while building the website
george_harrison_live: the gnomes just seemed to get into it and we just couldn't stop them!
gearfabasitwere asks: Is Indian music still a big infuence on your music?
george_harrison_live: Yes!
ChatYahoo_Lisa: anything particular?
george_harrison_live: Check out U. Srinivas a South Indian electric mandolin player
george_harrison_live: eat your heart out Van Halen!
moosefalva101 asks: Following the incident at your house on Dec. 1999 has your outlook on life changed at all?
george_harrison_live: Yes and no.
george_harrison_live: Adi Shankara an Indian historical, spiritual, groovy-type person once said
george_harrison_live: "Life is fragile, like a raindrop on a lotus leaf."
george_harrison_live: and you better believe it!
Nicole_Paul asks: I am curious about your website and the way the cover photo is altered by adding roads and urban development to the picture. Does that symbolize anything?
george_harrison_live: Yes.
george_harrison_live: It symbolizes that our world is being concreted over. Haven't you noticed?
bluejeanbaby42001 asks: George, you have quite a reputation as a gardener...What are some of your "pride & joy" plants? Love, Dianne
george_harrison_live: Well, for the cooler climates (as in England)
george_harrison_live: The current trend is definitely toward Miscanthus
george_harrison_live: You'll find many lovely varieties
george_harrison_live: try the Zebrensis and also the Malepartis
george_harrison_live: However,
george_harrison_live: if you're gardening in the tropics
george_harrison_live: I think you'll find a lovely little ginger called Kahili :P
a_t_m98 asks: Mr. Harrison.. what is the opening chord you used for "A Hard Days Night"?
george_harrison_live: It is F with a G on top (on the 12-string)
george_harrison_live: But you'll have to ask Paul about the bass note to get the proper story.
hari_girl asks: What do you think of Eminem's grammy nomination?
george_harrison_live: What's Eminem?
george_harrison_live: Aren't they choclates or something?
beatles_lvr asks: You started the "band aid" movement; who would you help today? Love you George!!
george_harrison_live: Bob Geldof!
Moyette asks: What did you record with Bill Wyman last month?
george_harrison_live: :) An old Ketty Lester song called "Love Letters"
sharonconcannon2000 asks: Why was "I Live For You" left out of the original mix? (I think it's lovely, thank you for putting out at last!)
george_harrison_live: I didn't think that we had got a good enough take on it.
george_harrison_live: Except for Pete Drake, the pedal steel guitar player.
george_harrison_live: At that time, I had so many other tracks as well,
george_harrison_live: so we just left it off.
george_harrison_live: It did need patching up
george_harrison_live: in the drum department.
pcpalmiere asks: How close are you to releasing that boxed set of unreleased songs and demos you talked about in Billboard some time back?
george_harrison_live: Well, hopefully during this year I should at least get out a new album and all the other boxes of unreleased demos could possibly follow in 18 months. I'm trying to get everything that has ever been done out there. It'll just take a little time.
nikolaidisgm asks: George, what do you miss most about John Lennon?
george_harrison_live: John Lennon.
michaelcalcina asks: George: In the Anthology book, you talk about the unwound G string. What is that? I play guitar and I'm not sure what you're talking about.
george_harrison_live: It's one of those little things that goes up your butt so that people can't see your pantylines.
george_harrison_live: No, It's actually a 3rd string that doesn't have a winding around it.
spongeweed70508 asks: Does Paul still piss you off (tell us the truth)
george_harrison_live: Scan not a friend with a microscopic glass -- You know his faults -- Then let his foibles pass.
george_harrison_live: Old Victorian Proverb.
george_harrison_live: I'm sure there's enough about me that pisses him off, but I think we have now grown old enough to realize
george_harrison_live: that we're both pretty damn cute!
incantataa asks: Mr. Harrison, I was wondering if you might tell us a bit about your ideas on love. Romantic love, that is. I recall you having written some of the Beatles' most beatiful love songs. It would be interesting to hear how your religious attitudes have impacted your beliefs concerning romanticism.
george_harrison_live: Well, the lover that we miss is actually God.
george_harrison_live: The beauty that you see within each other is actually God.
george_harrison_live: So, Krishna was the greatest romanticist. He had girlfriends on every corner!
george_harrison_live: I can't seperate the two -- a beautiful girl is the divine mother, a beautiful man is the manifestation of potential.
fabzzy asks: You're joking in a most Pythonistic manner tonight George.., it's great to hear you online!!!
george_harrison_live: PISS OFF!!
george_harrison_live: You nosy bastard!
i_arcos asks: Is it true that you recorded "Homeward Bound" with P. Simon?
george_harrison_live: I recorded that with Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live back in 1853.
tnntxx asks: George, given the drug experimentation of the 60's, how do you feel about the legalitzation of pot?
george_harrison_live: Well, I saw someone on TV last night pulling out huge loads of pot out of various fields in California. My feeling is...
george_harrison_live: as long as you can go into a store and buy
george_harrison_live: whiskey
george_harrison_live: bourbon
george_harrison_live: and all the rest of it
george_harrison_live: then, a little grass is nothing.
george_harrison_live: the authorities are just causing the price to be high -- 'scuse the pun.
ckeavenyuk asks: Have you any tips to budding songwiters? Do you, as John apparantly advised you stick at it until you have finished it.
george_harrison_live: Try and write some melodies. And some words that mean something.
george_harrison_live: It is true that if you are on a roll, then it's best to finish it in one go.
george_harrison_live: That's what Johnny said.
kdtash asks: Any chance that the Dark Horse material, esp. Shankar Family and Friends will be released on CD?
george_harrison_live: Well, along with my own catalog of records
george_harrison_live: the other Dark Horse records
george_harrison_live: hopefully will be finding a new home
george_harrison_live: and coming out on CDs (remastered) sometime in the future.
mp0071999 asks: Hey George will you be ever be back on Yahoo?
george_harrison_live: Possibly. It's pretty painless for me.
kyntire2001 asks: Happy Birthday (a little early). During your recent Internet video promoting All Things Must Pass, you pointed to an engraving on the back of your guitar. What did the engraving say?
george_harrison_live: It's a Maclaren strat and it had a metal chassis number plate on the back.
george_harrison_live: Thank you all!
george_harrison_live: May God bless you all.
george_harrison_live: Don't forget to say all your prayers tonight.
george_harrison_live: Be good little souls.
george_harrison_live: Lots of Love!
george_harrison_live: George.
george_harrison_live: :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Thank you sooo much for joining us....pretty please come back soon!
george_harrison_live: Check out
george_harrison_live: for further entertainment!
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Bye everyone!

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