They don’t build rock musicians—or songs—like these any more. Here’s a cast of all-stars, featuring McCartney and Clapton, doing two songs at the Concert for George (Harrison), held in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The first is the Beatles song “Something“, written by Harrison. McCartney starts it on the ukulele before the electric guitars and drums (four sets, with Ringo on one) kick in. Note that the song, according to Harrison, was likely written for his first wife Pattie Boyd, who divorced him and married Eric Clapton (the song “Layla” is about her). Multiple ironies, but a great song and a great performance.
One of Harrison’s best songs, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Three of the four original people on the released recording: McCartney, Starr, and Clapton (uncredited on the album), are there again, while Harrison’s son Dhani (who looks freakishly like his dad) plays acoustic guitar with pickup.
Isn’t it a pity. . . . you won’t find anything like this in modern rock or pop. Nothing even comes close. But all things must pass.