5 and 6 June 1987
Was this the Birth of the Wilburys?
An all-star ensemble took the stage at Wembley Arena in London on June 5 and 6, 1987 for the second annual Prince's Trust Concert. The group included the following musicians along with many others.
George Harrison-Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Lynne-Guitar, Vocals
Eric Clapton-Guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr-Drums, Vocals
Phil Collins-Drums, Vocals
Elton John-Piano, Vocals
The concert was broadcast on Westwood One on August 7, 1987 and is documented as part of a 3LP set. The DVD of the concert was released on July 24, 2001.
One of the highlights of the event was the appearance of former Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Harrison played While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Here Comes the Sun during the concert.
George Harrison and Eric Clapton
with Jeff Lynne in the background
The Ringo closed the show as he sang lead vocals on
With A Little Help from my Friends
while the background vocals were handled by
Harrison, Lynne, John and Clapton.
George Harrison, Jeff Lynne,
Elton John and Eric Clapton
George Harrison and Jeff Lynne
This concert would prove to be an energizing event for many of the participants. Clapton, John, Starr and Lynne would later play on various songs on the 1987 album, Cloud Nine by Harrison with Lynne serving as co-producer. His association with ELO front man Jeff Lynne and later Tom Petty would form the core of the Traveling Wilburys the next year. There is even a story that Prince Charles suggested the Wilbury's name to George Harrison during the time of the concert.
Lynne, a self-admitted Beatles fanatic, would also appear as a musician and as producer of many tracks and various albums for Harrison, Petty, Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, Starr and Paul McCartney over the next decade including the Beatles reunion for the Anthology series in the mid-90's.
Clapton would enjoy a bit of a renaissance with release the successful Journeyman album later in 1988 and then join Harrison on the tour of Japan which would be captured on Harrison's album entitled Live In Japan in 1992.
Meanwhile Elton John would have one of the major hit songs of 1987 when he released a live version of Candle In the Wind from the Live In Australia album. This song was his tribute to Marilyn Monroe from the 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and has since become the theme song for remembrances of the late Princess Diana of England since her death in 1997.
A few years later, in 1989, Ringo Starr would also go on to form is own version of this concert when he created the All-Starr Band format that has been successful for nearly twenty years.
Starr backed with a little help from his friends
Jeff Lynne, George Harrison and Eric Clapton