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George Harrison live: LSA Assembly Center, Baton Rouge

The 16th date of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s 1974 North American tour took place at the LSA Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, on 26 November 1974.

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.

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and Billy Preston put on a masterful show Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, and even if the show wasn’t as electrifying as most hoped, none left untouched by the event. For there was Harrison singing ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. His throat was sore, but the guitar was the same magnificent lead he offered with The Beatles, and with sheer gut effort the singing came through… After a short intermission, the show, which had still lagged overall, came to life. Harrison moved from electric to acoustic guitars and played incredibly on each. And he began moving. The show had seemed too much like a mouthing of an album before, but the stage and the crowd began to move the way everyone was hoping it would.
Richard E Hart
Morning Advocate

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.

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Dark Horse Tour dates

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