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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

The band 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

 

Songs performed were (Total 33 songs) :
1984 / Aladdin Sane / All The Young Dudes (Mott The Hoople song) / Big Brother / Candidate / Can You Hear Me? / Changes / Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family / Cracked Actor / Diamond Dogs / Drive-In Saturday / Footstompin’ (Andre Collins song) / Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Ohio Players song) / It’s Gonna Be Me / John I’m Only Dancing (Again) / Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd song) / Love Me Do (The Beatles song) / Moonage Daydream / Panic In Detroit / Rebel Rebel / Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide / Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Sorrow (The McCoys song) / Space Oddity / Suffragette City / Sweet Thing / The Jean Genie / The Width Of A Circle / Time / Young Americans / Win

 

Tour dates

Date                 City          Country                Venue

Opening act songs performed by The Mike Garson Band (Total 7 songs) :
Deep In The Heart Of Me (unknown) / Funky Music (Luther Vandross song) / I’m In The Mood For Love (Little Jack Litte Orchestra) / Love Train (The O’Jays) / Memory Of A Free Festival (David Bowie song) / Stormy Monday (T-Bone Walker) / You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes song)

Rehearsals
1974/06

8th   Port Chester, Capitol Theatre – USA USA
9th   Port Chester, Capitol Theatre – USA USA
10th Port Chester, Capitol Theatre – USA USA

Diamond Dogs Tour
1974/06

14th Montreal, Montreal Forum – Canada Canada
15th Ottawa, Ottawa Civic Centre – Canada Canada
16th Toronto, O’Keefe Auditorium – Canada (Two Shows) Canada
17th Rochester, Memorial Auditorium – USA USA
18th Cleveland, Public Hall – USA USA
19th Cleveland, Public Hall – USA USA
20th Toledo, Sports Arena – USA USA
21st Detroit, Ford Auditorium (Cancelled due to re-located) – USA USA
21st Detroit, Cobo Arena – USA USA
22nd Detroit, Ford Auditorium (Cancelled due to re-located) – USA USA
22nd Detroit, Cobo Arena – USA USA
23rd Detroit, Cobo Arena (Cancelled due to re-located) – USA USA
23rd Detroit, Cobo Arena – USA USA
24th Dayton, Harra Arena – USA USA
26th Pittsburgh, Syria Mosque – USA USA
27th Pittsburgh, Syria Mosque – USA USA
28th Charleston, Charleston Civic Centre – USA USA
29th Nashville, Municipal Auditorium – USA USA
30th Memphis, Mid-South Coliseum – USA USA

1974/07
1st   Atlanta, Fox Theatre – USA USA
2nd   Tampa, Curtis Hixon Hall – USA USA
3rd   West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Auditorium (Cancelled) – USA USA
3rd   Casselberry, Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton – USA USA
5th   Charlotte, Charlotte Park Center – USA USA
6th   Greensboro, Greensboro Coliseum – USA USA
7th   Norfolk, Scope Convention Centre – USA USA
08th   Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
09th   Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
10th Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
11th Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
12th Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
13th Philadelphia, The Tower – USA USA
14th New Heaven, Veterans Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
16th Boston, Music Hall – USA USA
17th South Yarmouth, Cape Cod Coliseum (Cancelled) – USA USA
17th New Haven, Bushnell Auditorium – USA USA
19th New York, Madison Square Garden – USA USA
20th New York, Madison Square Garden – USA USA

The Philly Dogs Tour
1974/09

2nd   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
3rd   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
4th   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
5th   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
6th   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
7th   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
8th   Los Angeles, Universal Amphitheater – USA USA
11th San Diego, Sports Arena – USA USA
13th Tucson, Convention Centre – USA USA
14th Phoenix, Arizona Coliseum – USA USA
16th Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Centre – USA USA
17th Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Centre – USA USA

1974/10
5th   Saint Paul, Saint Paul Civic Centre – USA USA
8th   Indianapolis, Indiana Convention Centre – USA USA
11th Madison, Dane County Coliseum – USA USA
13th Milwaukee, Mecca Arena – USA USA
15th Detroit, Michigan Palace – USA USA
16th Detroit, Michigan Palace – USA USA
17th Detroit, Michigan Palace – USA USA
19th Detroit, Michigan Palace – USA USA
20th Detroit, Michigan Palace – USA USA
22nd Chicago, Aerie Crown Theatre – USA USA
23rd Chicago, Aerie Crown Theatre – USA USA
30th New York, Radio City Music Hall – USA USA
31st New York, Radio City Music Hall – USA USA

1974/11
1st   New York, Radio City Music Hall – USA USA
2nd   New York, Radio City Music Hall – USA USA
3rd   New York, Radio City Music Hall – USA USA
6th   Cleveland, Public Hall – USA USA
8th   Buffalo, Memorial Auditorium – USA USA
11th Washington, Capital Centre – USA USA
14th Boston, Music Hall – USA USA
15th Boston, Music Hall – USA USA
16th Boston, Music Hall – USA USA
18th Philadelphia, Spectrum Theatre – USA USA
19th Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Civic Arena – USA USA
25th Uniondale, Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum (Cancelled) – USA USA
25th Philadelphia, Spectrum Theatre – USA USA
26th Norfolk, Scope Convention Hall (Cancelled) – USA USA
26th Uniondale, Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
28th Memphis, Mid-South Auditorium – USA USA
30th Nashville, Municipal Auditorium – USA USA

1974/12
1st   Atlanta, Omni Arena – USA USA
2nd   Tuscaloosa, University Of Alabama (Cancelled) – USA USA

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