The Young American
U.S. Tour 4
Musicians David Bowie - vocals, acoustic guitar; Michael Kamen (musical director) – electric piano, Moog synthesizer, oboe; Earl Slick – guitar; 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.
Tour Programme Three editions of a tour programme were issued over the course of the Diamond Dogs tour: 1. The first had a smooth cover with the word “ALIVE” in the top left corner and the setlist was printed inside. 2. The second edition had an identical cover to the first but the setlist was omitted. 3. The third had a darker matt cover with the word “BOWIE” in the top left corner.
The fourth U.S. tour is commonly known as the ‘Diamond Dogs Tour’ although its official title was ‘The Year Of The Diamond Dogs’. It was a very theatrical production undertaken to promote the Diamond Dogs album and to help David break into the American market. Shows centred on the East Coast of North America commencing in Montreal on 14 June 1974 and finishing in New York on 20 July 1974.
A total of 31 shows were performed in 22 different cities and at least 7 other performances were either cancelled or rescheduled. Full details can be seen here. For this tour David wore a pale blue suit designed by Freddie Burretti.
Setlist Because of the nature of the production, there was a fairly standard setlist: 1984; Rebel Rebel; Moonage Daydream; Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (Reprise); Changes; Suffragette City; Aladdin Sane; All The Young Dudes; Cracked Actor; Rock'n'Roll With Me; Watch That Man; Drive-In Saturday; Space Oddity; Future Legend / Diamond Dogs; Panic In Detroit; Big Brother / Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family; Time; Width Of A Circle; The Jean Genie; Rock’n’Roll Suicide. However, ‘Drive-In Saturday’ was dropped from the set in the second week of the tour. ‘Knock On Wood’ and ‘Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’ were played at one of the Philadelphia shows in July although only the former would remain in the set from thereon.