George Harrison appearing, unannounced, on stage with Monty Python during “The Lumberjack Song” (the single was produced by George) in New York City, 20 April 1976 (Photo courtesy Mojo4Music, photographed by Steve Morley)
“[On 20 April 1976] George, wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, appears unannounced with his friends the Monty Python comedy team at New York’s City Center, at West 55th Street, during their performance of ‘The Lumberjack Song’. He had, in fact, been watching the first half of the show from the audience and went backstage at the interval. The Python team, starting a three-week run at the venue, invited him to join the cast during the song. ‘George is a lumberjack freak. He used that song on his tour to introduce the show,’ says Nancy Lewis, Monty Python’s American manager. (Incidentally, the former Beatle is such a fan of the song that, when George and Olivia go on holiday during the late Seventies and early Eighties, he will use the name 'Jack Lumber’ as an alias.)” - The Beatles Diary - Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001
Monty Python also appeared at the Concert for George on 29 November 2002: here.
“I first met Michael Palin and Terry Jones in 1972, I think. I met Eric Idle in 1975, at the California premierè of the Holy Grail film. And although that was the first time I’d ever met him, I felt like I’d known them all for years, because I’d watched all the programs and had had them on videotape. So it only took ten minutes before we were the best of friends. I think after the Beatles, Monty Python was my favorite thing. It bridged the years when there was nothing really doing, and they were the only ones who could see that everything was a big joke.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 19 April 1979
“Monty Python. Eric (Idle) is incredible. Michael Palin too. He is very funny. They all are. They filled that empty space for me; after 1968, 1969, they really kept me going, you know.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine
drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and
toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past
daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of
the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an
extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world.
Republicans who control the chamber branded the move a publicity stunt
and summarily adjourned the chamber at around 3:15 a.m. EDT until after
the Fourth of July. By 7:30 a.m. Thursday - 20 hours after the protest
commenced - around a dozen Democrats remained, including Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi, giving speeches that mixed victory declarations with vows
to never back down in their drive to curb firearm violence.
the Americans don’t always expect us to win, they do expect us to
fight,” said Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, as dawn broke and the few remaining
lawmakers sat in a paper-cluttered chamber beneath empty visitor
galleries. “We demonstrated to the American why we can’t get votes on
common sense safety measures.”
Republicans streamed to the exits hours earlier, Democrats remained on
the House floor, shouting “No bill no break!” and waving papers with the
names of gun victims written in black. Rep. Maxine Waters of California
said she was ready to stay “until Hell freezes over.”
a crowd cheering them on from outside the Capitol and many more
following the theatrics on social media, Democrats declared success in
dramatizing the argument for action to stem gun violence. (AP)
Photos: (from top) Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP, Pete Marovich/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images, 2, House Television via AP, REUTERS/Carlos Barria
What the hell did you people do to us? You and William Bell, Walter. What did you do to me? Susan Pratt and Nancy Lewis are from Jacksonville, Florida. Just like Nick Lane, the guy that you conducted drug trials on when he was a kid. The drug trials that you conducted on me.
The fact that the Democrats are staging a sit in of the House floor is fascinating, but there’s something else this brings up I want people to remember.
The severe censorship of our elected legislative body is disgusting. Paul Ryan basically gets to decide unilaterally what we, the American people, get to see is happing in the House of Representatives. He can turn off the CSPAN cameras and the lights, and no video or photos are allowed on the floor.