On 3rd July 1973 Bowie declared that his the show at the Hammersmith Odeon (the last date of the world tour) that it was the end of Ziggy Stardust.
In 1974, he toured his new LP Diamond Dogs exclusively in the USA & Canada, which he later admitted was really “Ziggy in America” much to annoyance of his UK fans….who felt as abandoned as his band.
After two months rehearsals, he took the lavish “Theat-tour” production on a three leg tour, starting in Canada. Bowie was never far away from musical theatre thanks to his mime training with Lindsay Kemp. An elaborate set of Hunger City, with complex stage hydraulics, was designed by Mark Ravitz and his muse, Freddie Burretti, was retained as costume designer.
The show cost a fortune to stage and with complications with the stage hydraulics it was abandoned while Bowie took a month off and recorded his new LP the Young Americans. The new material was a complete departure from his red haired Ziggy / ‘A Lad Insane’ and the tour was dubbed the ‘Philly Dogs’ / Soul Tour as the Diamond Dogs material was replaced with a new set list.
As the tour was split into three legs, so it makes sense that there were 3 different variations of the tour programme – each printing stating “First U.S Edition”. click here for David Bowie Diamond Dogs Tour Programmes
The Guy Peelaert Diamond Dogs LP artwork was censored at the last moment in the US, with the area around the dog genitals being carefully airbrushed out. However, for the tour programme a black over-print was placed over the offending area,until the 3rd version which was professionally retouched.
The uncensored artwork was however printed in Creem Magazine as “Naked Bowie” David Bowie Creem Magazine 1974 : uncensored Guy Peellaert Diamond Dogs artwork.Roxy Music article.
These poster were sold as tour merchandise and then via the fan club.
They are all undisplayed old / new stock however some are water damaged, they look worse from the back and display fine from the front.