I suppose I am really asking Henry J but did anyone go to any of George's '74 concert dates in the States? I have just been reading Simon Leng's While My Guitar Gently Weeps (an absolute must read for any Harrison fan) and he basically says it was nowhere near as bad as the likes of Rolling Stone magazine made it out to be. They of course clearly had it in for Harrison at this time. Of course his voice was shot with laryngitis but there was too much riding on the tour for Harrison to pull the tour.
It would be great if this was officially released. I'm sure a good DVD could be put together with all that was filmed. I have seen the odd thing from it and musically it was supposed to be excellent. It's also of historical importance in terms of Harrison's solo career. It was a major undertaking for Harrison who single handedly invented World Music by bringing together for the first time western and eastern music on a large scale concert tour. He should be properly remembered and commended for it and a DVD release of this would cement that in history.
All this from a man who was not and did not want to be a frontman on the world stage.
I've seen that before. It's a great bit of footage which makes you think there's definitely enough in the can for a good concert/documentary release. It took some balls to carry on with the tour knowing what state his voice was in. The music press, particularly Rolling Stone, where bastards to him from 1974 onwards. It's really quite wrong that Rolling Stone and others think they can dictate what people should be listening to. What right do they have to do this? Surely people should make up their own minds without having to take the view of mis-guided fools at Rolling Stone, and others, who are only interested in promoting their own interests.
It's a real shame as I have been listening a lot to Harrison's solo work recently and there is some really great stuff from these maligned years. The title track from Dark Horse for one, You and I particularly love This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying at the moment. An honest reappraisal of Harrison's entire solo career is well overdue in my opinion.
There was a lots of stuff going on about his voice around that time but the Video shows it`s not horse . (sorry )
Looking back I wonder if this was the first signs of his illness which would take him 27 yrs. later.
He was diagnosed with laryngitis at the time. As far as I am aware it's not a precursor to throat cancer. His voice did recover after the tour.
I just think he put himself under immense pressure. He rushed getting the Dark Horse album finished and was trying to put the tour together. He had put together a western band and brought in Indian Musicians too. No one had done that before on that scale. He was also making himself the centre of attention. Although he was 'Beatle George' he was never the front man. Even though he sang a lot live before they made it, he hardly sang at all live when they made it and doing 30 minute spots. I just think he put himself under too much pressure that he wasn't use to and was basically just run down with everything.