Lou Reed in a Lou Reed t-shirt at The Bottom Line, NYC, May 1978, by Sheri Lynn Behr, via
From the Concert for Bangladesh of course. You can see at the beginning how nervous George was! Not only his first solo performance, his first concert appearance at all since 1966, featuring his first performances of his own compositions ever – but here, also for the first time on stage, vulnerable and stripped down to an acoustic guitar. George’s little smile as the audience reaches out to him is priceless.
His duet partner, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, later revealed that they hadn’t even rehearsed! “George just wanted to keep it simple,” he said. After George told him the chord changes, Pete ducked into his hotel room to listen to the version on Abbey Road a couple of times, and that’s all there was time for!
The result: magic. And beauty and joy and, yes, sun, sun, sun! Here it comes!
(Mi pequeña, está toda bien!)
(Note that by the time you come across this post, the video may have been taken down. It happens. Here’s the YouTube search for you to find another version. Worth the extra clicks!)
Joey Ramone, CBGB New York, 1977, by Godlis.
George Harrison & Bob Dylan, rehearsal for Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971, New York City.
Ramones at CBGB, 1976, by Bob Gruen, via forestdweller
Debbie Harry, NYC 1977, by Bob Gruen. Pretty in punk.
Grace Slick (holding what I swear is an Oreo) and Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore East, November 29, 1968, by Jeffrey Mayer, via forestdweller
Smilin’ Bob in New York, 1970, by John Cohen
Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, July 24, 1972, New York City, Madison Square Garden, by Bob Gruen