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George Harrison live: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale

The 26th date of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s 1974 North American tour took place at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, USA, on 15 December 1974.

There were two shows on this date, in the afternoon and evening, one of which was attended by John Lennon and May Pang. Ravi Shankar did not play 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 lights flashed on, the band roared into the instrumental ‘Hari’s On Tour’, and the crowd went wild. Until they heard George’s hoarse voice straining through ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. After that the audience remained appreciative but largely uninspired. Harrison looked tired, the rigors of the road etched into his sallow, craggy face. In fact, the Nassau concerts were salvaged only by the lighting maneuvers of promoter Bill Graham.
Larry Sloman
Rolling Stone

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.

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