Diamond Dogs Tour

 

David Bowie live 1964-2004

Diamond Dogs Tour

 

 

Less than a year after the last Ziggy Stardust show on Hammersmith Odeon in London, David Bowie was back on stage with another new show - and another new personification called Halloween Jack.

Two months of rehearsals were required to get the tour ready, in part due to the elaborate set & props required for the show. Originally the tour was planned to appear in a city for 5 nights before moving on to the next city, but that plan was abandoned early on. The tour started in June 1974 in Montreal, Canada as the "Diamond Dogs Tour" (although producer Tony DeFries demanded the tour be referred to as "The Year of the Diamond Dogs" when speaking with the press). Bowie recorded radio and television commercials for the tour, which played in advance of the tour's arrival in each city. The tour took the month of August 1974 off, during which time Bowie began recording his follow-up studio album, Young Americans. On 10 October 1974, after the tour had resumed, Bowie abandoned the extravagant theatrical set and re-branded the tour "The Soul Tour," which would continue through the end of the North American leg in December.

 

The set for the theatrical "Diamond Dogs" tour, which was built to resemble a city called "Hunger City"),weighed 6 tons and was incorporated over 20,000 moving parts including a variety of props (such as streetlamps, chairs and catwalks). The props themselves weren't ready for use until a mere 6 days before the show opened, which led to a variety of technical problems during the tour: a movable catwalk collapsed once during the tour with Bowie on it.

 

In 1990, while preparing for this Sound+Vision Tour, Bowie recalled the difficulties faced by the show, saying it "was good fun and dangerous, with the equipment breaking down and the bridges falling apart on stage. I kept getting stuck out over the audience's heads, on the hydraulic cherry picker, after the finish of 'Space Oddity.'"

 

Other props worked as expected: for the song Big Brother, Bowie sang from inside a multi-mirrored glass "asylum," emerging during the next song, Time, from a giant hand.

 

In 1987, while preparing for the Glass Spider Tour (which picked up theatrically where the Diamond Dogs Tour left off), Bowie recalled about the extraordinary nature of the set he used during the Diamond Dogs tour, saying "We had four skyscrapers on stage, with bridges that went backwards and forward and would go up and down. The whole things was built on a city pretext. I had dancers working with me and it was choreographed and was a real fantastic musical event. I thoroughly enjoyed working like that."

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

The songs

 

From Man of Words/Man of Music (Space Oddity)

Space Oddity / Memory of a Free Festival

 

From The Man Who Sold the World

The Width of a Circle

 

From Hunky Dory

Changes

 

From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Moonage Daydream / Suffragette City / Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

 

From Aladdin Sane

Watch That Man / Aladdin Sane / Drive-In Saturday / Panic in Detroit / Cracked Actor / Time / The Jean Genie

 

From Pinups

Sorrow (originally by The McCoys, written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer)

 

From Diamond Dogs

Diamond Dogs / Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (Reprise) / Rebel Rebel / Rock 'N' Roll With Me / 1984 / Big Brother / Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family

 

From Young Americans

Young Americans / Win / Somebody Up There Likes Me / Can You Hear Me?

 

Other songs

All the Young Dudes (from All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, written by Bowie) / Footstompin' (by Andre Collins, written by Collins and Ande Rand)

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (from Observations in Time by Ohio Players, written by Leroy Bonner, Joe Harris, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Dutch Robinson, Clarence Satchell and Gary Webster) / It's Gonna Be Me (outtake from Young Americans, bonus track from album's reissues) / John, I'm Only Dancing (non-album single) / Knock on Wood (single for David Live, originally from Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd, written by Floyd and Steve Cropper)

 

Average setlist on the tour (however the set changed from 10 October and onwards):

 

1984

Rebel Rebel

Sweet Thing

Changes

Moonage Daydream

Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

John, I'm Only Dancing

All the Young Dudes

Suffragette City

Cracked Actor

Rock 'n' Roll With Me

Space Oddity

Diamond Dogs

Panic in Detroit

The Jean Genie

Big Brother

Time

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

 

 

 

Shows

 

NORTH AMERICA TOUR

 

14 June 1974 - Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Forum

15 June 1974 - Ottawa, Ontario, Ottawa Civic Centre

16 June 1974 - Toronto, Ontario, O'Keefe Centre (2 shows)

17 June 1974 - Rochester, New York, 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

23 June 1974 - Detroit, Michigan, Cobo Hall - Cancelled

24 June 1974 - Dayton, Ohio, Hara Arena

25 June 1974 - Cincinnati, Ohio, Gardens - Cancelled

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

1 July 1974 - Atlanta, Georgia, Fox Theater

2 July 1974 - Tampa, Florida, Curtis Hixon Hall

3 July 1974 - Casselberry, Florida, Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton

5 July 1974 - Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlotte Park Center

6 July 1974 - Greensboro, North Carolina, Greensboro Coliseum

7 July 1974 - Norfolk, Virginia, Norfolk Scope

8 July 1974 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tower Theater

9 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

17 July 1974 - Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Memorial Coliseum - Cancelled

19 July 1974 - New York, Madison Square Garden

20 July 1974 - New York, Madison Square Garden

2 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

3 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

4 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

5 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

6 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

7 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre

8 September 1974 - Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal 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

 

NORTH AMERICAN SOUL TOUR

 

10 October 1974 - Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County Coliseum

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, Radio City Music Hall

29 October 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

30 October 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

31 October 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

1 November 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

2 November 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

3 November 1974 - New York, Radio City Music Hall

6 November 1974 - Cleveland, Ohio, Public Auditorium

8 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 - Boston, Massachusetts, Music Hall

16 November 1974 - Boston, Massachusetts, Music Hall

18 November 1974 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,The Spectrum

19 November 1974 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Civic Arena

24 November 1974 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

25 November 1974 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

26 November 1974 - Uniondale, Nassau Coliseum

28 November 1974 - Memphis, Tennessee, Mid-South Coliseum

30 November 1974 - Nashville, Tennessee, Municipal Auditorium

1 December 1974 - Atlanta, Georgia, The Omni

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