Koch will be releasing a George Harrison tribute album on what would have been his 60th birthday, February 25, 2003. The list of participants is not what you would call “stellar”:
- Songs From The Material World … will feature cover versions of Harrison and Beatles songs by artists including Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies, Byrds leader Roger McGuinn, Mountain singer-guitarist Leslie West, and Fleetwood Mac co-founder and guitarist Peter Green.
LAUNCH has learned that McGuinn will record the Rubber Soul track “If I Needed Someone,” and that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” will be an all-star affair, although no names were available at press time.
Others scheduled to take part in the project include Julian Lennon, Todd Rundgren, Bonnie Bramlett, Al Kooper, former Black Crowes lead guitarist Marc Ford, former Thin Lizzy and Ultravox guitarist Midge Ure, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Simon Townshend, Donovan, ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett, and the groups Masters Of Reality, the Smithereens, and They Might Be Giants.
A portion of the album’s proceeds will go to the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music-industry charity that raises money for the fight against cancer, leukemia, and AIDS.