Tuesday, January 2, 2024

The birth of the Traveling Wilburys

 I found this photo and information the Roy Orbison Facebook page. 

After a little detective work, I found that Roy played in Anaheim at the Celebrity Theater on April 9, 1988.  

Pictured are: Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison Jr and some of Roy’s backing band.

Backstage at a Roy concert in Anaheim, California.

After recording the song “Handle With Care” and spending some days together casually, George Harrison wanted to record an album as a band.

Moments before this picture was taken, George Harrison gave the pitch for the band, got down on his knee to ask Roy to join the band. Roy said “yes” immediately.

There was no name for the band yet. By the next time they met, George had record company backing and the name - The Traveling Wilburys!

Picture taken by Barbara Orbison. 

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