Many Los Angeles fans remembered George Harrison’s 73rd birthday yesterday, February 25, 2016 at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 6:00pm, in front of the Capitol Records Tower. 73 birthday cupcakes in the shape of a heart adorned his star, highlighting the theme, “Love One Another,” in honor of George’s last words. Pat Tyson took photos and provided the National Music Examiner this report of the event.
Pat wrote, “About 100 of us came to Hollywood to celebrate George Harrison’s 73rd birthday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star yesterday. As the evening began to cool down, we basked in the light of the upcoming Oscar proceedings nearby.” She said, “Jerry Rubin emceed the event and started off the evening by introducing Les Perry, host of ‘Saturday With the Beatles’ on KSCN. Les welcomed the crowd and reminded us all not to shirk our responsibilities as voters, especially during this “eclectic” election season. Chris Carter, host of ‘Breakfast With the Beatles’ on KLOS was then introduced.
“Chris told the crowd the Harrison family thanked them for the event, saying, ‘The Harrison family is aware of and appreciates this celebration in George’s honor.’ He then humorously asked the crowd, ‘Does anyone know the famous ‘cake’ quote by George?’ A fan by the name of Lissa did – as follows: ‘All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.’
“He also announced that the new George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison compilation will be released Friday (today, February 26, 2016) with proceeds benefiting the Material World Charitable Foundation.”
Performers at the event included Luis Lopez and his band, Jason Adams, Zane Suarez, and Jason Berk, all of whom “interpreted George’s music beautifully” Pat said. She continued, “Luis saluted the Traveling Wilburys with a rousing version of ‘Handle With Care’. Zane and Jason sang ‘My Sweet Lord.’ Jason Berk did a great solo of ‘Here Comes the Sun’, wearing a matching t-shirt with the lyrics, and Jason Adams sang ‘Within You and Without You.’ The Hare Krishna devotees chanted for the crowd, which was really nice.”
Photographer and deejay Michael Quarterman took the mic and conducted an interesting trivia question for the crowd, asking, “Does anyone know the actual meaning of the song title ‘Ticket To Ride?’” Pat said, “Michael – who hails from the U.K. himself – said that it refers to a ferry trip to a town in the Isle of Wight called Ride!! Who knew? We didn’t!”
“The proceedings ended with the crowd holding hands and singing ‘All You Need Is Love,’ followed by the closing anthem, ‘Goodnight,'” Pat said, adding, “I would like to thank Dennis Garling and Cathy Krager for coordinating all of the music and for their star polishing efforts, and to The Ridiculous Baking Co. for the cupcakes as well!”
Many thanks to Pat Tyson for her report and her photos of the celebration!