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As you said, you’ve been doing this a long time now. Are there any moments in the set that are still challenging to you?
You know, it’s like anything, you don’t know when something’s going to become challenging. You’re a musician playing and suddenly something that was easy two years ago might shift a bit.
The biggest thing is concentration. That’s always the challenge. You just cannot float off in that concert. Because if you’re not paying attention, if you’re doing something like I Should Have Know Better, which is a simpler solo of George’s, you can miss it because you’re not paying attention.
I would say you’ve just got to stay on form with it and keep going over the licks. We all go back to the records all the time, because any band will drift in tempo or feel, because musicians do. We bear in mind that The Beatles are actually seven or eight Beatles, because they changed so much. There are so many different styles that you have to encompass. You’ve got that early one, then the beat group, then country, psychedelic and so on. It’s a lot of styles to take in and keep on top of.
It’s some feat of stamina, and of course it’s something that they never had to do.
They didn’t. And if you listen to those BBC recordings, generally George won’t play the same solo twice on a rock and roll song. He’s free to ad lib. In a way the restriction is a drag, but in a way it’s fantastic as you’re trying to recreate a great moment from a band that you love. People aren’t coming to see me ad lib around as George Harrison, they want to hear the record and see how close we can get.