David Bowie – ‘Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing’ live

David Bowie performs 'Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing' at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on the 1974 Diamond Dogs tour

In this excerpt from the 1974 BBC documentary ‘Cracked Actor’, David Bowie performs the Diamond Dogs suite ‘Sweet Thing / Candidate / Sweet Thing (Reprise)’ at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on the Diamond Dogs tour.

As Chris O’Leary states at the beginning of his excellent essay on the subject, the suite is “The rotten heart of Diamond Dogs; a triptych where prostitutes are the only lovers left, where street hustlers double as politicians.”

Tour band:

  • David Bowie – vocals
  • Earl Slick – guitar
  • Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar
  • Mike Garson – piano, mellotron
  • David Sanborn – alto saxophone, flute
  • Richard Grando – baritone saxophone, flute
  • Doug Rauch – bass
  • Greg Errico – drums
  • Pablo Rosario – percussion
  • Gui Andrisano – backing vocals
  • Warren Peace – backing vocals
  • Ava Cherry – backing vocals
  • Robin Clark – backing vocals
  • Anthony Hinton – backing vocals
  • Diane Sumler – backing vocals
  • Luther Vandross – backing vocals

Thanks to Nacho Marcho for another excellent video.