But even this week’s happy news was bittersweet, since ex-Beatle George Harrison was not around to see the famous well-wishers in attendance at the unveiling of his posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Tuesday. Planted directly in front of the Capitol Records tower–home of the Beatles and Harrison’s American record label–the star was surrounded by an impressive array of well-wishers, including fellow ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, T-Bone Burnett, actor Tom Hanks, and Monty Python’s Eric Idle. Both Idle and Hanks delivered some heartwarming testimonials to Harrison’s importance as a friend, musician, and human being, and the massive crowd gathered for the event whooped in appreciation as the smell of incense wafted throughout the area.
“He was a beautiful, mystical man living in a material world,” said Harrison’s widow, Olivia, with their son Dhani by her side. The latter–whose resemblance to his father borders on the eerie–uttered the sole words “Hare Krishna” into the microphone and thus said his piece.