Chat transcripts with George and Dhani Harrison...
Credit goes, of course, to Yahoo! and MSN for posting these transcripts on the internet and enabling me to then
post them here.
Yahoo! Chat Transcript
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Welcome to Yahoo! Chat
ChatYahoo_Lisa: We are here with George Harrison
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
george_harrison_live: and hopefully during
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
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 allthingsmustpass.com
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
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
george_harrison_live: I got all my ideas from
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
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: 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
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
george_harrison_live: Because it's new!
george_harrison_live: and I like Sam Brown
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
george_harrison_live: something we are very
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: 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
george_harrison_live: which I thought I would
george_harrison_live: like kinda... John,
Paul, George and Ringo
george_harrison_live: gnomes are very popular
george_harrison_live: and these gnomes were
made in about 1860
george_harrison_live: so, while building the
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?
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
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
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: 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
george_harrison_live: try the Zebrensis and
also the Malepartis
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
george_harrison_live: What's Eminem?
george_harrison_live: Aren't they choclates
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
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
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
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: and all the rest of
george_harrison_live: then, a little grass
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
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: :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
:) :) :)
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Thank you sooo much for joining
us....pretty please come back soon!
george_harrison_live: Check out allthingsmustpass.com.
george_harrison_live: for further entertainment!
ChatYahoo_Lisa: Bye everyone!
Chat with Dhani Harrison
(Thanks to BeatleLinks, where
I found this transcript!)
DishDiva says: Dhani, thanks for joining us this afternoon from London!
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Hello to everyone out there!
DishDiva says: Let's get started!
Rickenbackergurl7 in Onstage1 asks: What type of had the greatest influence on you growing up and now as a
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: That's a tough question. I'd say probably when I grew up it was Little Richard,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and a bit of Buddy Holly thrown in there, just to start off. That's just to get started.
TallNVBlonde in Onstage1 asks: Thank you so much for the gift of "Brainwashed," Dhani, it's fantastic. Do
you have a favorite track?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Probably "Brainwashed" itself because it says what needs to be said and it's true
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Not that people like that sort of stuff, but I do.
littlennc in Onstage1 asks: Besides your dad, who is your favorite Wilbury?
DishDiva says: As you know, Tom Petty will be joining us later this afternoon.
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: No disrespect to any of the other Wilburys, not to Jeff or Roy or any of the Sideburys,
but definitely Bob. Definitely Bob without a doubt and I think everyone would understand why I say that.
gh_extratexture_1975 in Onstage1 asks: Will the proposed George Harrison Anthology boxed set come out?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yes it will but not for a while. I need a holiday first.
Lucas8290 in Onstage1 asks: Hi Dhani! Back in 2001 it was said that George had been working on more than 25
tracks. What happened to the rest of the tracks that weren't included in "Brainwashed"?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Someone completed somewhere and some that reported to exist, don't, and there are
some that people haven't heard and they exist.
Stuck_inside_a_cloud in Onstage1 asks: Dhani, how does your dad's spirituality affect your beliefs?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: I believe that same, fundamentally the same.
JaiGuruDeva80 in Onstage1 asks: Great job on the album - it's priceless! Do you think your father realized
the impact he had on so many lives (outside of being a Beatle)?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: In one way yes, but no, I don't think he could have ever realized how much of an
effect he had. We're still realizing this every day.
swarlock64 in Onstage1 asks: Will you be participating to The Albert Hall Concert for your father, Dhani?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yes. I will.
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: That's why I have to get to bed soon, to reherse tomorrow morning.
Ignacio98571 in Onstage1 asks: Hello Dhani! Like All things must pass, the other George albums will be remastered?,
and when? thank you!!!
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Maybe just re-released, and soon hopefully.
manutdrock4eva in Onstage1 asks: What do you think is your father's best ever recording?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: I couldn't give a particular example but some of my favorites are like "A Little
Too Much" from the "Yellow Submarine" soundtrack. I think "Blu Jay Way" and "The Inner Light." I can't choose between them.
Lucas8290 in Onstage1 asks: Is it true that your father told you to "never be famous"?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Well, yes. Yes. (laughs) Always and I don't wish to be.
Acacia12232 in Onstage4 asks: did you ever feel pressure to live up to the high expectations from fans for
your father's last record?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yeah. Well, more the pressure of, you know, living up to my own expectations as
to how I would present his last record. I'm more worried about what my dad would have thought rather than what the public
thinks. I wanted to make it right for him. So those
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: expectations of ruining a George Harrison record. But he's dead so I don't think
the public expected a record from him, so it's sort of a gift.
DeadDogsEye in Onstage4 asks: Was your father happy with the way "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love" turned out?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yeah I think he was, he definitely was. Considering what they were working with,
in terms of the materail they had left to work with after John left, which was really scratchy, the way it turned out was
great. Jeff Lynn did a great job on that.
lizlondon9 in Onstage3 asks: Will you play guitar at the tribute concert, and if so, will it be one of George's?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yes and yes.
Maryann1408 in Onstage1 asks: It's been a tough year for you, and look at the wonderful thing you have done.
Has the music helped you and your mom cope through all of the "bad" stuff ?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Definitely. Definitley, without music, I'd go nuts. Not just his music, all music.
Not just me, but all my friends too. I think we would have lost the plot long ago without music.
mihowek in Onstage3 asks: Will there be a video collection ever of your dad's wonderful music?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Hopefully, if we can sort it all out, it will take a while. As I said before, having
a holiday first before I attempt any DVD remastering.
clargigi in Onstage3 asks: Hello Dhani~Can you tell us a little about the album cover and who designed it?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: My best friend who I work with and myself we designed the album cover based on ideas
that my father had talked about. His name is Oli Hecks, we designed it together.
BlackLady100 in Onstage3 asks: Will there maybe be more new recordings/songs by your dad coming out? He once
told he recorded Every Grain Of Sand (Dylan) and about a possibly release of an outtake album?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Eventually, once I get a holiday
gh_extratexture_1975 in Onstage4 asks: Will there be any videos for Brainwashed songs?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Yes. There will be. Hopefully we'll release "Brainwashed" as a single, possibly
"Stuck Inside a Cloud," hopefully it will be coming out soon.
LittleLabi in Onstage4 asks: How many different guitar tracks did you have to splice together for Marwa Blues?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: There were 4 takes and of that 2 weren't usable. So it was a sort of, the real essence
of the song lay in one track and there were accompany harmonies from two other tracks. It wasn't a composite, it was a take.
German_Harret in Onstage4 asks: I THINK THE PACKAGING OF DE LIMITED EDITION IS GREAT TO. DID YOU DESIGNED
IT TOO? AND DOES THE DVD COMES JUST WITH THE EPK OR IT HAS SOME EXTRA VIDEOS?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: No, the DVD is purely the EPK. There isn't extra footage on it, sorry, but thanks
for digging the artwork.
TallNVBlonde in Onstage1 asks: Dhani, I've heard rumor of another Wilbury album. Any comments? Thanks, love
and best wishes!
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: No, sorry, wish there was.
maccarocks in Onstage3 asks: I know your dad was a big Monty Python fan. Were there any sketches he'd quote
around the house?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: He always liked the fish slapping dance and, "When You're King of Bloody France."
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: And Philosopher's football.
jeffhoo61 in Onstage3 asks: I'm curious, what guitars did you and your father use on the recording of the
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: High strung minature acoustics, there were some custom ones. I played a Fender Telecaster,
dad played his old psychedelic Strat, and lots of big acoustics, and Zematis.
ChristianIsraelite in Onstage3 asks: Dhani, what sort of music do YOU listen to and enjoy these days?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: New stuff: I love (where do I start?) I love the Foo Fighters, Prodigy (I'm more
a fan of their old stuff), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Beck (I love Beck, he's really doing something different), I'm
also a fan of a lot of sort of English underground
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: dance music, stuff that came out of Massive Attack like Tricky, and stuff that he's
done lately, some dark stuff, like Aphex Twin. That's about it for now.
DishDiva says: Dhani, the last question for the evening. . .
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Old stuff: Jimmy Hendrix, Beatles, James Browne, Nina Simone, The Kinks, Velvet
bhcjeff in Onstage4 asks: Dhani how did you like Brown University and your time in America?
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Good times. Good times. University of Please Yourself Rhode Island. (laughs) No,
but seriously it was hard. A lovely place.
Fatima00841 in Onstage4 asks: YOU HAVE GOOD TASTE IN MUSIC, DHANI. yay
DishDiva says: Dhani, I appreciate you staying up with us tonight as you shared your insight into your father's
new CD "Brainwashed."
DishDiva says: Learn more about "Brainwashed" at
Dhani_Harrison_Live says: Take it easy out there, everyone, try and be happy and all get along. I've got to
go to bed now because I've got to go and rehearse in the morning. So night, night, and God bless.
DishDiva says: Thanks to Dhani Harrison for being our guest this afternoon.
Here's a video of Dhani and Jeff talking about George and "Brainwashed". This was from a Canadian
TV broadcast. Click on the link bewlow and enjoy. :)