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George Harrison live: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

The 20th date of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s 1974 North American tour took place at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on 4 December 1974.

There were two shows on this date, in the afternoon and evening. The Beatles had performed at the Olympia on 6 September 1964 and 13 August 1966.

Ravi Shankar did not play at this show due to illness.

Harrison’s 30-date tour was to promote his 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.

The Harrison concerts are an international smorgasbord, featuring a mixture of Indian and jazz influences, a bit of the old Liverpool sound and the jazz-pop rock of Preston and Scott. Shankar’s musicians, along with Harrison and his band, performed several well-received numbers, jazzy things that seemed to please. Although Detroiters didn’t award him the constant, maniacal screams that greeted The Beatles way back in ’66, their clamor for an encore indicated they liked him solo in the Motor City.
Christine Brown
Detroit Free Press

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 and Jim Keltner 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 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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