George Harrison, onstage in Japan, 1991, as included in the Live in Japan CD liner notes. The tour started on 1 December 1991 and wrapped up, after 11 shows, on 17 December 1991.
Photo: Carl Studna
“George always wanted to know how you were, how you were feeling.” - Astrid Kirchherr [x]
“It was modesty. George was a modest person. That’s why he surrounded himself with all those musicians. He’d never say, ‘I’m the big star and the song goes the way I want it to.’” - Gary Brooker, Uncut, October 2010 [x]
“[T]he George Harrison Bob Purvis [of Splinter] knew and worked with rarely spoke about himself and always asked after his friend’s wife and children. It was as if the superstar had lost sight of his own ego and knew how to touch others: ‘George was always interested in you and made you feel special.’” - While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison [x]
“I don’t think George was very comfortable being in charge, and he was never one to say, ‘OK, we’re going to learn this or that.’ He would say things like: ‘Do you think we should try this song?,’ or, ‘That one isn’t really worth doing, is it?’ He would never say, ‘I want you to play this part,’ or, ‘Do it like this’ which was somewhat endearing, because it made you feel more involved with the process, as though you were part of a band rather than being a sideman.
[…] I learned something about George that I hadn’t expected. I have worked with a lot of people, but not with many others who have made me feel at ease so quickly. It wasn’t long before we were invited to his home, to get to know the family and himself a little better. During the course of the tour he was always calling up after the show and saying, ‘We’ve got a bit of food - would you like to come and share it with me?’ or ‘How about coming up for a glass of nice wine?’ even though he wasn’t drinking at all. It was all very genuine and it makes you want to work much harder for someone who treats you like that. He has that kind of personality where there is nothing to hide and he is very open and honest, which can be a refreshing thing in this business.” - Chuck Leavell, Mystical One: George Harrison After The Break-Up Of The Beatles [x]