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Diamond Dogs Tour

The Diamond Dogs Tour was a concert tour (73 Shows) by David Bowie in North America in 1974 to promote the studio album Diamond Dogs (1974). The end of the tour was also called The Soul Tour, which included some songs from the forthcoming album Young Americans (1975).

 

 

THE DIAMOND DOGS TOUR Less than a year after the ‘farewell concert’ at Hammersmith Odeon,Bowie was back on stage in June as Halloween Jack,his latest personification. Together with jules Fisher and Mark Ravitz he had created a decor to enable him to transiorm the Diamond Dogs LP into images. There was the scenery of Hunger City,a futuristic town in decay,with lots of special effects to turn it all into a gigantic show. Diamond Dogs was not a rock tour,more of a Broadway tour: it combined music with theatre. The band had to remain at the back of the stage and behind sheets,while Bowie was holding the stage alone,to give it a more theatrical feel,but on more than one occasion during the tour members of the band got fed up with this arrangement and came forward. This repeatedly led to argu­ments between Bowie and the band; this and a host of other pro­blems made this a very hard tour. The immense scenery,built in four weeks and costing some $220,000 was hard to transport and set up. The roadies worked like mad for 21 hours a day to get the sce­nery moved to a different town every night.     THE PRE-SOUL TOUR After the exhausting tour of June and July Bowie started off on another tour in September, through California and Arizona,as a follow-up to the Diamond Dogs tour. However,this tour was so muc.h affected by Bowie’s growing soul-tendencies ,that this short tour can hardly be counted as part of the Diamond Dogs tour.     THE SOUL TOUR On 5th October, 1974,in St. Paul, Minnesota,Bowie started off on a tour of two months through the east of the States. Bowie had had enough of the Diamond Dogs show and wanted change. The immense scenery was now replaced by a big white screen at the back of the stage where the footlights projectec his silhouette at intervals. When a hall was very large, the concerts. as sometimes filmed and projected direct on a large screen suspended over the stage,so that everyone could get a view of it all. Bowie band’s ,now led hy pianist Mike Garson and called “The Mick Garson Band” ,opened the con­certs by playing five or six soul numbers,the last one being Bowie’s Memory of a Free Festival and at the end of this number Bowie was announced and came on. Bowie began with either Space Oddity or Rebel Rebel and the rest of the repertory contained a couple of songs from the new LP Young Americans. The American au­dience who had just started to get used to Halloween Jack and the Diamond Dogs show,were now confronted with this show full of soul influences and were once again much surprised. Like the Dogs tour this tour was a back-breaking affair; during the tour Bowie got so worn out that without a cane he could no longer keep himself up­ right on the stage. Yet he danced a great deal and together with his six backup singers he produced some fine singing,even though often his voice sounded hoarse. Gui Andrisano,Andy Newmark and Willy Weeks were now replaced by Robin Clark,Dennis Davis and Emir Ksasan respectively.

Tour by David Bowie Start date 14 June 1974 End date  02 december 1974 Legs 3 Shows 73

The band

June–July:

David Bowie – vocals Earl Slick – guitar Michael Kamen – electric piano, moog synthesizer, oboe Mike Garson – piano, mellotron David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute Richard Grando – baritone saxophone, flute Herbie Flowers – bass Tony Newman – drums Pablo Rosario – percussion Gui Andrisano – backing vocals Warren Peace – backing vocals

September:

David Bowie – vocals Earl Slick – guitar Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar Mike Garson – piano, mellotron David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute Richard Grando – baritone saxophone, flute Doug Rauch – bass Greg Errico – drums Pablo Rosario – percussion Gui Andrisano – backing vocals Warren Peace – backing vocals Ava Cherry – backing vocals Robin Clark – backing vocals Anthony Hinton – backing vocals Diane Sumler – backing vocals Luther Vandross – backing vocals

“The Soul/Philly Dogs Tour” – October–December:

David Bowie – vocals Earl Slick – lead guitar Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar Mike Garson – piano, mellotron David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute Emir Kasan – bass Dennis Davis – drums Pablo Rosario – percussion Warren Peace – backing vocals Ava Cherry – backing vocals Robin Clark – backing vocals Anthony Hinton – backing vocals Diane Sumler – backing vocals Luther Vandross – backing vocals

Tour dates

Date                 City          Country                Venue

The Diamond Dogs Tour

14 June 1974 Montreal, Quebec Canada Montreal Forum

15 June 1974 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Civic Centre

16 June 1974 Toronto, Ontario O’Keefe Centre (Two shows)

17 June 1974 Rochester, New York United States Rochester Community War Memorial

18 June 1974 Cleveland, Ohio Public Auditorium

19 June 1974 Cleveland, Ohio Public Auditorium

20 June 1974 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena

22 June 1974 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Hall

24 June 1974 Dayton, Ohio Hara Arena

26 June 1974 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Syria Mosque

27 June 1974 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Syria Mosque

28 June 1974 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center

29 June 1974 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium

30 June 1974 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum

01 July 1974 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theater

02 July 1974 Tampa, Florida Curtis Hixon Hall

03 July 1974 Casselberry, Florida Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton

05 July 1974 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Park Center

06 July 1974 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum

07 July 1974 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope

08 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

09 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

10 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

11 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

12 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

13 July 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theater

14 July 1974 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum

16 July 1974 Boston, Massachusetts Music Hall

19 July 1974 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden

20 July 1974 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden

The Philly Dogs Tour

02 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

03 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

04 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

05 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

06 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

07 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

08 september 1974 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre

11 september 1974 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena

13 september 1974 Tucson, Arizona Tucson Convention Center

14 september 1974 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum

15 september 1974 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center

16 september 1974 Anaheim, California Anaheim Convention Center

5 October 1974 Saint Paul, Minnesota Saint Paul Civic Center

8 October 1974 Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Convention Center

11 October 1974 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Coliseum

13 October 1974 Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena

15 October 1974 Detroit, Michigan Michigan Palace Theater

16 October 1974  Detroit, Michigan Michigan Palace Theater

17 October 1974  Detroit, Michigan Michigan Palace Theater

19 October 1974 Detroit, Michigan Michigan Palace Theater

20 October 1974 Detroit, Michigan Michigan Palace Theater

22 October 1974 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theater

23 October 1974  Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theater

28 October 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

29 October 1974  New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

30 October 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

31 October 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

01 november 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

02 november 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

03 november 1974 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall

06 november 1974 Cleveland, Ohio Public Auditorium

08 november 1974 Buffalo, New York War Memorial Auditorium

11 november 1974 Washington D.C. Capital Centre

14 november 1974 Boston, Massachusetts Music Hall

15 november 1974  Massachusetts Music Hall

16 november 1974 Massachusetts Music Hall

18 november 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum

19 november 1974 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena

25 november 1974 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum

28 november 1974 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum

30 november 1974 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium

01 december 1974 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni

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