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Tribute to George Harrison Held in Liverpool - 2002-02-25

Beatles fans gathered in Liverpool Sunday for a trip down memory lane. The occasion was a special charity concert in tribute to the late George Harrison.

On the eve of what would have been his 59th birthday, friends and admirers of former Beatle George Harrison packed Liverpool's Empire Theatre to remember the man and his music.

Memories of decades ago abounded among the sell-out crowd of 2,300 as members of the audience exchanged stories about Harrison, the band that changed the world, and the 60s, all under the backdrop of the city on the banks of the Mersey.

The tribute line-up was impressive, including the likes of Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Merseybeats, other 60s groups from Liverpool that were popular around the same time as the Fab Four.

But the fans got more than they bargained for when at the end of the show, Sir Paul McCartney made a surprise entrance on the stage.

McCartney reminisced about his boyhood days with George Harrison and then, without any back-up, he broke into this Beatles classic in a farewell to his old friend.

Afterward McCartney summed up what the tribute show meant to him. "The audience was brilliant," he said. All the performers were brilliant. And I know George would have loved it."

George Harrison lost his battle with cancer last November in Los Angeles. All the money raised from the concert will go to a number of cancer charities.