Bowie ... boring?
Those words usually don't go together, but that is how this Civic Arena show from Nov. 19, 1974 is described in a Pittsburgh Press review by Pete Bishop.
The glam-rocker had been here on The Diamond Dogs Tour for two nights in June at the Syria Mosque. This return trip, re-branded as The Soul Tour, stripped away the theatrics, costumes and the malfunctioning six-ton set design with a collapsing catwalk and a cherry-picker that kept stranding him above the crowd on "Space Oddity."
The biggest oddity in the review is Bishop finding Bowie's songs to be "too complex" and lyrics "too esoteric" to stand on their own without the theatrics. In this era of progressive rock, his '74 singles "Diamond Dogs" and "Rebel Rebel" seem like pretty straight-forward rock 'n' roll.
For some reason, "Changes," which was released in 1972, is referred to as the current single, and the review finishes with a warning that Bowie is committing "rock and roll suicide" with his newer songs, which he was previewing on this tour.
His next album, "Young Americans," would give him his first No. 1 hit in the U.S., "Fame." (And I really felt like Casey Kasem writing that sentence.)