Tours/1974

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February through March

Bandmembers

FZ, George Duke (keyboards, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, sax, flute), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Ralph Humphrey (drums), Chester Thompson (drums, gorilla), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Tom Fowler (bass), Jeff Simmons (guitar, vocals, harmonica?)

Additional Info

Dates

February 15th to March 23rd

Stats

18 shows and 23 (different) songs were played in 17 cities across 2 countries (US and Canada) - see also KUR FZ Gig List - 1974.

April through May

Bandmembers

FZ, Jeff Simmons (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Tom Fowler (bass), Chester Thompson (drums), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, flute, vocals), George Duke (vocals, keyboards, funk), Bruce Fowler (trombone), Walt Fowler (horns), Don Preston (keyboards, moog, weirdness)

Additional Info

Dates

April 19th to May 14th

Stats

21 shows and 25 (different) songs were played in 20 cities across 1 countriy (US) - see also KUR FZ Gig List - 1974.

June through December

Bandmembers

FZ, Chester Thompson (drums, gorilla), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocals, sax, flute, exotic dancing, tush tush tush), George Duke (vocals, keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass, broke his hand during this leg of the tour), Michael Erso (played bass during one show [11/23]), James "Birds Legs" Youman (played bass on the five concluding dates of the tour)

Additional Info

Special Guests

Bruce Fowler, Lance Loud

Dates

June 28th to December 1st (plus one show on December 31st)

Stats

83 shows and 56 (different) songs were played in 68 cities across 14 countries - see also KUR FZ Gig List - 1974.

Notes About This Tour

I was at the East Lansing concert where Michael Erso played bass. Tom Fowler was directing him from the front. Jenison Fieldhouse was the old Michigan State University basketball stadium with terrible accoustics. The echoes were so bad that you couldn't tell whether he was doing a bad job or not. When Frank would try to talk to the audience, you could hardly understand him.

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