Live: Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh

David Bowie performed at the Pittsburgh’s Syria Mosque on 27 June 1974.

This was the eleventh date of the Diamond Dogs Tour, which had kicked off in Montreal on 14 June. It was also the second of two consecutive nights at the Syria Mosque.

The musical director was Michael Kamen, who also played electric piano, Moog synthesizer, and oboe. Earl Slick played guitar, and Mike Garson was on piano and Mellotron. The bass guitarist was Herbie Flowers, and the drummer was Tony Newman.

The backing singers were Geoff MacCormack (billed as Warren Peace) and Gui Andrisano. The line-up was completed by David Sanborn and Richard Grando on saxophone and flute, and percussionist Pablo Rosario.

This and the previous night were Bowie’s only performances at the Syria Mosque, a 3,700-seat venue constructed in 1911. Originally built as a shrine for the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, it later became a concert hall. The building was demolished in 1991.

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