Tuesday, April 22, 2014

40 year itch: Joni Plays London

On April 22, 1974 Joni Mitchell wrapped up her first 1974 tour with a three night stand at the New Victoria Theatre in London. All of the shows sold out. The final night was filmed by the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. The performance would air in November.

Back in the US her album Court and Spark was making itself at home in the Billboard Top 10 album chart. 

Among those who attended the show was George Harrison. It was backstage that Harrison met Tom Scott and impulsively invited Scott and the LA Express to record at his mansion the next day. The results were two forgettable tunes that would appear on  Dark Horse : the instrumental "Hari's On Tour" and "Simply Shady".

In September Joni would return to London where she would perform with Crosby Stills Nash and Young at Wembley Stadium

The entire April show in faded color.

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