Live: Tower Theater, Upper Darby

David Bowie performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on 12 July 1974.

It was the 25th date of the Diamond Dogs Tour, which had kicked off in Montreal on 14 June, and the fifth of six consecutive nights at the Tower Theater.

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.

All but the last night of Bowie’s residency at the Tower were recorded, with the results issued on the David Live album.

In the summer David recorded his shows at the Philadelphia Tower Theater; I was not able to attend. It was reported at the time that my car broke down travelling from New York, but I don’t recall that ever happening. David just took it upon himself to record the show for posterity, and then liked what he heard and decided to mix it into his first live album. There was one problem with this idea in that it was recorded very poorly, not that the performances were anything less than excellent on most of the songs.
Tony Visconti
Bowie, Bolan And The Brooklyn Boy

Bowie had first played at the Tower Theater during the Ziggy Stardust Tour on 30 November, 1, and 2 December 1972, and again on 16, 17, 18, and 19 February 1973.

On 19 March 1977 Iggy Pop’s The Idiot Tour called at the Tower. Bowie played keyboards during the tour. Tin Machine’s It’s My Life Tour also came to the venue on 15 and 17 November 1991.

Bowie’s final show at the Tower Theater was the penultimate date of the Heathen Tour on 21 October 2002.

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Last updated: 25 May 2023
Live: Tower Theater, Upper Darby
Live: Tower Theater, Upper Darby
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