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Chatting on...

Yahoo! & MSN chat transcripts

Chat transcripts with George and Dhani Harrison... Enjoy. :)
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
George Harrison
02/15/01

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 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 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 allthingsmustpass.com.

george_harrison_live: for further entertainment!

ChatYahoo_Lisa: Bye everyone!

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MSN chat transcript - George Harrison, 15 Feb. 2001

 

DishDiva : Welcome to MSN Live! Today we are pleased to welcome George Harrison to MSN.
DishDiva : Please join me in welcoming Mr. George Harrison to MSN Live!
DishDiva : Today we will be talking with George Harrison about the re-release of "All Things Must Pass."
DishDiva : George, welcome to MSN Live!
George_Harrison_Live : Hello, good evening!
George_Harrison_Live : How's your father! How's your uncle?
DishDiva : George, the Internet was not a part of your promotion last time around for "All Things Must Pass." What part does the Internet play in promotion for "ALL Things Must Pass" now?
George_Harrison_Live : I suppose the fact that it is just like this and everyone is listening.It eliminates the time of someone printing up a Newspaper.
DishDiva : SR says: Is it true that you were really asked to join the beatles because you knew all the chords to "Twenty Flight Rock"?
George_Harrison_Live : No! Paul knew "Twenty Flight Rock" but I did too.
DishDiva : Spockmiester55 Asks: What is the difference between the old and new release if any?
George_Harrison_Live : The new release is remastered and is much much better to the record that existed up until now and it has five bonus tracks on it. It also has new packaging.
DishDiva : Sherwood Asks: Will your other past releases receive the deluxe treatment as "Pass" did?
George_Harrison_Live : It depends really. They will all be remastered. Whether the artwork will change, I don't know. It depends what we feel at the time and what the record company feels at the time.
DishDiva : alina says: Do you remember how you felt making "All Things Must Pass"?
DishDiva : jerryfender Asks: Don't you miss the old packaging with albums vs CD's? All Things Must Pass was great because even the box was huge!
George_Harrison_Live : Twelve inch square artwork gets you more scope and greater impact.Those days the album cover used to be part of the overall package. It seems to become less important because it is smaller and not so many people are interested in the artwork.
DishDiva : doodah says: Where were you spiritually then when you wrote the lyrics for "My Sweet Lord", and where are you now spritually, have you grown?
George_Harrison_Live : Somebody said a very famous Indian saint said "if there is a God, we must see him. And if there is a soul we must perceive it." In the West they still argue if God really exists. Basically, I am in the same place. The song really came from Swami Vivekananda.
DishDiva : iluvgeorge says: Will you be touring?
George_Harrison_Live : At the moment, no.
DishDiva : lidbaby says: Any musicians you like right now?
George_Harrison_Live : Hoagy Carmichael. There are many, many, many musicians.
DishDiva : babe says: Is most of what's been written about you pure rubbish? Is there any one book that's more accurate than any other?
George_Harrison_Live : The one that is the most accurate is "The Beatles" by the Beatles. When a book is written by someone who doesn't like you, it may not be very good.
DishDiva : WildingTangent Asks: Are you still writing and recording songs? How would your style of music these days?
George_Harrison_Live : I am still doing that, yes. Hopefully, there will be one coming out at the end of the year.
DishDiva : tedsblues Asks: Re: recording...analog or digital?
George_Harrison_Live : I have always recorded analog except when I was in a live concert. Generally, I record on analog but I hear that digital these days are getting better. The bandwidth is getting better.
DishDiva : arainyfriday Asks: Looking back, how do you view your book "I, Me, Mine"? If it were to be re-released, would you make changes based on perspective you have gained over the years?
George_Harrison_Live : It was ok for the time. I thought it was well made. It was an excuse to have a nice leather book like the Bible.
DishDiva : liam0241 Asks: What was the inspiration for the song 'Run of the Mill'
George_Harrison_Live : There was an expression that came from Yorkshire where they made fabric. Run of the mill just means average. I was using that phrase more or less, because, the Beatles were just splitting up. I don't know if they had that expression in America.
DishDiva : sasha says: Hi Mr. Harrison. My dad and I like your site. Did you do it?
George_Harrison_Live : I am not a technician. But I sat with people from Radical Media. They came to my house and set up the computers. The technicians did it and I kept thinking of ideas.I didn't have a concept of what a website was and I still don't understand the concept. I wanted to see little people poking each other with sticks much like Monty Python.
DishDiva : You can check out George Harrison's website at
http://www.allthingsmustpass.com
DishDiva : rico Asks: What do you wish you could do, that you have'nt done already?
George_Harrison_Live : Dematerialize my body.
DishDiva : OKRichH says: I consider this a great priviledge to chat with you. Was the recording of "All Things Must Pass" a fulfilling outlet for you?
George_Harrison_Live : Yeah, at the time it was very fulfilling- a chance to do a record of my own material.
DishDiva : Brit says: What's the most popular misconception about you that people have?
George_Harrison_Live : That I am serious. Pisces are depicted as two fish going in opposite directions. Many people do not see the humorous side. It is just as big!
DishDiva : Beat says: Are you interested in all in the different sounds that electronics can add to guitar sounds, or are you more of a 'back to basics' advocate?
George_Harrison_Live : More of back to basics. I really like the sounds they had in the 50's. Now you just buy something and plug it in. You can sound like Jimi Hendrix or whoever and everyone sounds the same.
DishDiva : jediprincess00 Asks: what would you like to say to the younger generation that looks up to you?
George_Harrison_Live : Try to realize what the purpose of being in a body is. There is only one purpose really and that is what you have to try to not forget. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?

DishDiva : George, it has been a pleasur having you as our guest tonight!
George_Harrison_Live : Lots of love and kevlar to everyone!
George_Harrison_Live : It has been nice talking to you. Please enjoy the website!
Ask_Questions_Live : The preceding is ( c ) 2001 MSN Live Thanks to our guest, hosts and to everyone that came to today's chat! Please remember that due to the number of questions received, it was not possible for our guest to answer each one individually. Thanks for coming to MSNLive!
DishDiva : Again, you can check out George Harrison's website at
http://www.allthingsmustpass.com
DishDiva : You can also pick up the re-release, including, "My Sweet Lord" online at http://eshop.msn.com
DishDiva : The transcript of tonight's very special event will be available later at http://chat.msn.com/msnlive

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Chat with Dhani Harrison
11/19/2002
(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 musician?

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 to life.

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." That one.

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 CD? Thanks.

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 Underground.

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. :)

Chat transcripts with George and Dhani Harrison... Enjoy. :)
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
George Harrison
02/15/01

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 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 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 allthingsmustpass.com.

george_harrison_live: for further entertainment!

ChatYahoo_Lisa: Bye everyone!

****

Chat with Dhani Harrison
11/19/2002

(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 musician?

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 to life.

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." That one.

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 CD? Thanks.

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 Underground.

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 below and enjoy. :)

Video interview



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