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THE Bootleg Beatles' answer to the late George Harrison, Andre Barreau, said taking to the stage in Cardiff two days after his death was "difficult but uplifting."

Andre, who co-founded the famous Fab Four tribute band in 1980, says "the quiet Beatle" George formed a major part of his life since he became a fan at the age of seven.

He and the rest of the Bootlegs performed at St David's Hall in Cardiff last night as part of a tour which has now been dedicated to George Harrison's memory.

Ironically, the quartet was in Cardiff last year for an anniversary concert to mark 20 years since John Lennon's murder.

Andre said: "The news that George was dead hit the whole band hard and we knew it was going to be difficult to go on stage.

"I said a few words in the style of George and played one of his solo songs which is very suitable in the circumstances - While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

"It is hard to find words to describe the importance of George's life or the contribution he made to music."

Fans at the Bootleg Beatles concert also paid tribute to George Harrison.

Margaret Davies, 44, from Canton, Cardiff, said:

"I have been a Beatles fan since I was a young child.

It is a great loss to music and to his fans all over the world."

Peter Davies, 46, added:

"A lot of people don't think about George because Lennon and McCartney always had the limelight. But he was talented in his own right."

George Harrison's family were today expected to scatter his ashes on the sacred River Ganges in India at the same time as an expected 6,000 fans will hold a moment's silence and candlelit vigil in Liverpool at 9.30pm.
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