George Harrison live: Forum, Inglewood

The eighth date of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s 1974 North American tour took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, USA, on 12 November 1974.

It was the second of two consecutive nights at the venue. There were two shows on this date, in the afternoon and evening.

Bob Dylan attended both concerts, and spoke to Harrison in between.

The 30-date tour was to promote Harrison’s Dark Horse album and Dark Horse Records label, and took in 45 concerts in 26 cities. It was the first North American tour by a former Beatle, and Harrison’s first live performance since the Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971.

Opening with ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ the band was cooking so fast and hard that Harrison’s vocal shortcomings were easily overlooked. But as he tore into ‘Something’, shouting the lyrics of a most tender ballad like a demented Bob Dylan on an off night, you realized the voice was almost gone.

Robert Kemnitz
Los Angeles Herald

Harrison’s band included Billy Preston on vocals, keyboards, organ, and clavinet; Robben Ford on guitars and vocals; Tom Scott and Jim Horn on saxophone and flute; Chuck Findley on trumpet and flute; Willie Weeks on bass guitar; Andy Newmark on drums; Emil Richards on marimba and percussion; and Kumar Shankar on percussion and vocals. Jim Keltner joined the tour midway through on 27 November.

Ravi Shankar’s orchestra featured Shankar on sitar; Lakshmi Shankar on vocals and swarmandal; Alla Rakha on tabla; TV Gopalkrishnan on vocals, mridangam, and khanjira; Hariprasad Chaurasia on bansuri; Shivkumar Sharma on santoor and vocals; Kartick Kumar on sitar; Sultan Khan on sarangi; Gopal Krishan on vichitra veena and vocals; L Subramaniam on South Indian violin; Satyadev Pawar on North Indian violin; Rijram Desad on pakavaj, dholki, nagada, huduk, and duff; Kamalesh Maitra on tabla tarang, duggi tarang, and madal tarang; Harihar Rao on kartal, manjira, dholak, gubgubbi, and vocals; and Viji Shankar on tambura and vocals.

Concert setlist

Dark Horse Tour dates

Last updated: 4 January 2024
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