Diamond Dogs Tour

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Diamond Dogs Tour

Bowie performing at the Charlotte Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 5, 1974
Tour by David Bowie
Associated albumDiamond Dogs
Start date14 June 1974
End date2 December 1974
David Bowie tour chronology
Ziggy Stardust Tour
Diamond Dogs Tour
Isolar - 1976 Tour
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Diamond Dogs Tour

Bowie performing at the Charlotte Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 5, 1974
Tour by David Bowie
Associated albumDiamond Dogs
Start date14 June 1974
End date2 December 1974
David Bowie tour chronology
Ziggy Stardust Tour
Diamond Dogs Tour
Isolar - 1976 Tour

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

Bowie later recalled how he had become fed up with the theatricality of the tour early on (before changing it into the 'Soul Tour'): "I was in a bad state of mind to have attempted that. It was pretty exciting, but I was so blocked [laughs], so stoned during the entire thing that I'm amazed I lasted with it even that one trip across America before I ditched it."[1]


Tour details

Bowie during Diamond Dogs Tour on 5 July 1974 at Charlotte Park Centre

Two months of rehearsals were required to get the tour ready, in part due to the elaborate set & props required for the show (reported to cost $275,000 in 1974 money). Originally the tour was planned to appear in a city for 5 nights before moving on, but that plan was abandoned early on. The tour started in June 1974 in Montreal, Canada as the "Diamond Dogs Tour." 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.[2]

Set design

The set for the theatrical "Diamond Dogs" tour included a movable catwalk (which collapsed once during the tour with Bowie on it), streetlamps and elaborate props. For the song "Big Brother," Bowie sang from inside a multi-mirrored glass "asylum," only to emerge during the song "Time" from a giant hand. For "Space Oddity" Bowie climbed onto a cherry picker, which lifted him out and over the audience. The show in Tampa, FL, was performed without any of the stage props because the truck driver driving those components was delayed after being stung by a bee.[2]

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:

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.[3]




"The Soul/Philly Dogs Tour" - October–December:

Tour dates

14 June 1974Montreal, QuebecCanadaMontreal Forum
15 June 1974Ottawa, OntarioOttawa Civic Centre
16 June 1974Toronto, OntarioO'Keefe Centre (Two shows)
17 June 1974Rochester, New YorkUnited StatesRochester Community War Memorial
18 June 1974Cleveland, OhioPublic Auditorium
19 June 1974
20 June 1974Toledo, OhioToledo Sports Arena
22 June 1974Detroit, MichiganCobo Hall
24 June 1974Dayton, OhioHara Arena
26 June 1974Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaSyria Mosque
27 June 1974
28 June 1974Charleston, West VirginiaCharleston Civic Center
29 June 1974Nashville, TennesseeMunicipal Auditorium
30 June 1974Memphis, TennesseeMid-South Coliseum
1 July 1974Atlanta, GeorgiaFox Theater
2 July 1974Tampa, FloridaCurtis Hixon Hall
3 July 1974Casselberry, FloridaSeminole Jai-Alai Fronton
5 July 1974Charlotte, North CarolinaCharlotte Park Center
6 July 1974Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro Coliseum
7 July 1974Norfolk, VirginiaNorfolk Scope
8 July 1974Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaTower Theater
9 July 1974
10 July 1974
11 July 1974
12 July 1974
13 July 1974
14 July 1974New Haven, ConnecticutNew Haven Coliseum
16 July 1974Boston, MassachusettsMusic Hall
19 July 1974New York City, New YorkMadison Square Garden
20 July 1974
2 September 1974Los Angeles, CaliforniaUniversal Amphitheatre
3 September 1974
4 September 1974
5 September 1974
6 September 1974
7 September 1974
8 September 1974
11 September 1974San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego Sports Arena
13 September 1974Tucson, ArizonaTucson Convention Center
14 September 1974Phoenix, ArizonaArizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
15 September 1974Anaheim, CaliforniaAnaheim Convention Center
16 September 1974
5 October 1974Saint Paul, MinnesotaSaint Paul Civic Center
8 October 1974Indianapolis, IndianaIndiana Convention Center
11 October 1974Madison, WisconsinDane County Coliseum
13 October 1974Milwaukee, WisconsinMECCA Arena
15 October 1974Detroit, MichiganMichigan Palace Theater
16 October 1974
17 October 1974
19 October 1974
20 October 1974
22 October 1974Chicago, IllinoisArie Crown Theater
23 October 1974
28 October 1974New York City, New YorkRadio City Music Hall
29 October 1974
30 October 1974
31 October 1974
1 November 1974
2 November 1974
3 November 1974
6 November 1974Cleveland, OhioPublic Auditorium
8 November 1974Buffalo, New YorkWar Memorial Auditorium
11 November 1974Washington D.C.Capital Centre
14 November 1974Boston, MassachusettsMusic Hall
15 November 1974
16 November 1974
18 November 1974Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe Spectrum
19 November 1974Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCivic Arena
25 November 1974Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe Spectrum
28 November 1974Memphis, TennesseeMid-South Coliseum
30 November 1974Nashville, TennesseeMunicipal Auditorium
1 December 1974Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Omni


From Space Oddity

From The Man Who Sold the World

From Hunky Dory

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

From Aladdin Sane

From Pinups

From Diamond Dogs

From Young Americans

Other songs


  1. ^ "David Bowie Opens Up - A Little" by Scott Isler, Musician Magazine, August 1987, pp 60-73
  2. ^ a b Kamp, Thomas (1985), David Bowie: The Wild-Eyed Boy 1964-1984 (1st ed.), O'Sullivan, Woodside & Co.
  3. ^ Steve Morse, In Fashion Magazine, July/August 1987: p.151