Tour dates: June 08 Port Chester Capitol Theatre (Rehearsals) 09 Port Chester Capitol Theatre (Rehearsals) 10 Port Chester Capitol Theatre (Rehearsals) 14 Montreal Forum 15 Ottawa Civic Centre 16 Toronto O'Keefe Centre (Matinee) 16 Toronto O'Keefe Centre (Evening) 17 Rochester Community War Memorial 18 Cleveland Public Auditorium 19 Cleveland Public Auditorium 20 Toledo Sports Arena 23 Detroit Cobo Arena 24 Dayton Harra Arena 26 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque 27 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque 28 Charleston Civic Center 29 Nashville Municipal Auditorium 30 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum   July 01 Atlanta Fox Theatre 02 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall 03 Casselberry Seminole Jai-Alai Fronton 05 Charlotte Park Centre 06 Greensboro Coliseum 07 Norfolk Scope Convention Centre 08 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 09 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 10 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 11 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 12 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 13 Philadelphia Tower Theatre 14 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16 Boston Music Hall 19 New York Madison Square Garden 20 New York Madison Square Garden
The fourth US tour is commonly known as the "Diamond Dogs Tour" and the shows centred around Canada and the east coast of the United States. The setlist remained fairly constant throughout the tour apart from “Drive-In Saturday” being dropped shortly into the tour and “Knock On Wood” being introduced during the shows at the Philadelphia Tower. At one of these shows David played “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” which, fortunately, was recorded and included on later editions of David Live. There are unsubstantiated reports that “Round and Round” was played at the Tampa show in early July. The theatrical set and lighting was designed by Mark Ravitz and Jules Fisher and the “Dancing In The Street” documentary includes a piece where they explain the workings of the set via a scale model. The musicians for this leg of the tour were: Mike Garson (piano, mellotron), Earl Slick (lead guitar), Herbie Flowers (bass guitar), Tony Newman (drums), Pablo Rosario (percussion), David Sanborn (alto sax, flute), Richard Grando (baritone sax flute), Michael Kamen (electric piano, moog, oboe), Geoff McCormack and Gui Andrisano (backing vocals).
The Young American
Diamond Dogs Tour
Shows would occasionally be moved or cancelled - sometimes at very short notice: The concert planned for Detroit Ford Auditorium on 22 June was cancelled because there was a high school Commencement in the afternoon which would have left insufficient time for the stage crew to set up. Leee Black Childers - the Mainman photographer - documented this particular episode in Hit Parader (December 1974) “On Tour With Bowie.”, The matinee show planned for Philadelphia Tower Theatre (at 5.00pm) was cancelled at late notice because nobody had told David about it. This was reported in Circus Raves (US) - November 1974: Show Biz Whiz of the Seventies - but is it Rock ‘n’ Roll?
Click on the highlighted shows to go to the corresponding entry on the US Tour IV Live Recordings page.