The Concert for Bangladesh Re-Visited
1971 Harrison held the first large scale and historic rock and roll benefit at Madison Square Garden for the people of Bangladesh using sitars and other Indian instruments and of course he had superstars Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Badfinger , Billy Preston and more.
One of the great things about this current show is that a portion of the money goes to St Jude Children’s Cancer Hospital!
Wonderous Stories, along with a huge band (choir, horn section, sitars & more) will play the entire original concert approximately 1 1/2 hrs and then we call up some national acts who have had hits in the 60’s and 70’s and play some of their hits with them.
For 3 years in a row 2007-08 & 09 Wonderous Stories played George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangladesh” in its entirety at BB Kings Club in Manhattan to sold out audiences. We again played the show to standing room audiences in 2011 and 2013 at The Highline Ballroom. Then we played 3 sold out shows in a row 2017-18 &19 at the beautiful Space at Westbury. In those years special guests have included members and former members of the Badfinger, Paul McCartney’s Wings, The Young Rascals, Alan Parsons Project, Vanilla Fudge, The Hooters, Zebra, Tower of Power, Ted Nugent, Dire Straits, The Soul Survivors, a great set with Marshal Crenshaw and much more. We have also had people who were behind the scenes at the original 1971 Bangladesh show and special guest promoter Sid Bernstein (Beatles at Shea). Special guests this year TBA announced and added to the show as it gets closer. We’ve never failed to come through with amazing guests !
This year we play the legendary and beautiful Tilles Center on the LIU Post campus. The room was built for quality sound which lends itself to the huge sound that Wonderous Stories & friends will provide. COME AND EXPERIENCE THE HUGE WALL OF SOUND AND THE MUSICAL LOVE FEST THAT HAPPENS EVERY TIME THIS SHOW IS PERFORMED!
FEATURED GUESTS INCLUDE:
Marshall Crenshaw: An American musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist best known for hit songs such as “Someday, Someway,” a US Top 40 hit in 1982, and “Whenever You’re on My Mind.” He was a star on Broadway and the west coast and touring companies for his role as John Lennon in the huge hit “Beatlemania” from 1978 till 1980. His music has roots in classic soul music and Buddy Holly—the latter to whom Crenshaw was often compared in the early days of his career, and whom he portrayed in the 1987 film La Bamba.
A quote from Trouser Press summed up Marshall Crenshaw’s early career: “Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.”
Graham Maby: An English bass guitar player. He is highly regarded by his peers and fans alike as one of the elite and gifted rock and roll bass players in the world .He has recorded and toured with Joe Jackson since his first album, appearing on most of Jackson’s albums and tours. He has continued to record and tour with Jackson even while working with other artists.
Maby was born in Gosport. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he toured with Graham Parker, Garland Jeffreys, the Silos, and Darden Smith, among others. In 1996, Maby joined They Might Be Giants, recording and touring with them. From 1998 until 2002, he recorded and toured with Natalie Merchant‘s band. Maby has also recorded with Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Baez, Freedy Johnston, Henry Lee Summer, Ian Hunter, Regina Spektor and Dar Williams.
In the course of his career, dating back to the early 1970s and including numerous appearances as a sessions musician, he performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kiki Dee, G.T. Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter, Tommy Shaw, Julian Lennon,Dar Williams, Richard Barone, Ben E. King, and Chuck Berry. In 1978, soon after performing on Elton John’s hit single “Ego” and , a chance meeting in a pub in his hometown of Staines with Denny Laine resulted in him being invited to join Wings. He joined Wings after appearing on 2 Elton John albums including the studio album “A Simple Man”. Holley later was a member of Jules Shear‘s band Reckless Sleepers.
Steve and Denny Laine have appeared in a few of Wonderous Stories live productions including “The concert for Bangladesh Re-Visited and an amazing John Lennon tribute .
More spectacular guests will be announced as we get closer to the show. This concert is an amazing display of love for the music of George Harrison and his great friends who performed at the original show . The performance of the songs from the original show could stand on it’s own as a concert but we choose to add great musical guests just as George did in the original show . Our guests add more great hits as a bonus to the show !