A band of unlikely collaborators - Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynn, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison - once joined together to make what is nothing less than the world's finest supergroup ever, The Traveling Wilburys. Now, for the upcoming concert and film George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, another unlikely group of musicians have assembled. In advance of the film, the creators have released footage of Spoon's Britt Daniel, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, The Killer's Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Harrison's son Dhani, and Big Black Delta's Jonathan Bates, among others, covering the Wilbury's "Handle With Care."
Other collaborators on the night include the Strokes' Nick Valensi, Heart's Ann Wilson, Weezer's Brian Bell and Perry Farrel.
The song is quite literally meant to be shared as the artists traded verses, just as the original band members did. It's heartwarming to see such love for Harrison's music expressed through another generation of artists that clearly love, and were inspired by, his songs.
Daniel and Flowers both sounded particularly good on the song as they each took a verse singing in their own distinct voices. Of course, Dhani Harrison opens the song sounding incredible himself. You almost have to do a double take to make sure it's not his father standing on the stage. Even Yankovich, who you might be surprised to see at a serious music event, was obviously thrilled to be there but put aside his parody to sing sincerely in the chorus.
Watch the performance below.
The star-studded performance took place on September 28 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and the film is set for release on Blu Ray and DVD, as well as audio recordings of the show available on CD, vinyl and digital download.
A myriad of other performances and covers make up the 51-track, 2-disk set including Daniel covering "I Me Mine," Jones covering "Something" and "Behind That Locked Door," The Cold War Kids covering "Taxman" and many more.
Watch the trailer below.