June 5 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New
December 13 - Manchester Academy,
Cowboy Tour souvenir program book
Cowboy necklace, pin, coffee mug,
Cowboy tee shirts
Cowboy Tour ticket
EIS fan club gig ticket
Cowboy Tour newspaper ad
1997 - TINY TOUR PART 2
February 8 - Milan ITALY
1997 - COWBOY TOUR
April 6 - NEC, Birmingham, UK
1997 - TINY TOUR PART 3
June 8 - Cameo Theatre, Miami Florida
Setlists for Tiny Tour Parts 2 & 3 include:
Rain - Stop! - Sometimes - Take A Chance On Me - Victim Of Love - A Little Respect - In My Arms - Always - Star - Fingers & Thumbs - Stay With Me - Spiralling - Heart Of Glass - Sono Luminous - Who Needs Love Like That - Oh L'Amour - Chains Of Love - Chorus - Rock Me Gently - Love To Hate You - Hideaway - Blue Savannah - Ship Of Fools - Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me
Backing singers for the Tiny Tour were: Samantha Smith & Jordan Bailey
No Tiny Tour merchandise was sold in the USA, but logo balloons & bottles of soap bubbles were given out free of charge.
Setlists for the Cowboy tour include:
Reach Out - Chains Of Love - World's On Fire - Love To Hate You - Save Me Darling - Always - Sometimes - How Can I Say - A Little Respect - Rock Me Gently - Blue Savannah - Ship Of Fools - Rain - Take A Chance On Me - Boy - Chorus - In My Arms - Oh L'Amour - Love Affair - Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me - Stop- You Surround Me
Backing singers for the Cowboy tour were: Samantha Smith, Jordan Bailey, Xavier Barnett, and John Gibbons
Merchandise sold on the Cowboy tour included: program books, tee shirts, metal e-logo pins & necklaces, posters, baseball caps, coffee mugs, condoms.
Special Christmas logo black tee shirts and Christmas cards were available at the December fan club gig only. Andy Bell is wearing the shirt in the photo at left. The card has the same design.
Support acts for the Cowboy tour included: Heaven 17 (UK gigs), and comic Ennio Marchetto (Germany & some USA gigs). Erasure appeared with David Bowie in Mexico (Oct 23) and Brazil (Nov 2),
Other bands appearing with Erasure
in Latin America music festivals include:
AQUARIAN WEEKLY'S REVIEW
When I got to Irving Plaza for the Erasure show, you would have thought they were giving away money. Several blocks of people, dressed in silvery clothes and fashionable hair styles, were packed behind the barricades waiting to get in. While waiting, I found out that the show had sold out in seven minutes...
...When Erasure hit the stage... the entire club turned insane. The crowd pushed up towards the stage, and began to scream at some deafening decibels. Andy and Vince, all decked out in gold and blue lame' suits, looked great and ready to wow the crowd. The first song was "A Little Respect", and most of what was heard was the audience singing along.
Instead of moving right into another song, Andy stopped and held up a big gold hat with oversized playing cards inside. He informed the crowd that instead of a play list, they would pick songs from from the hat and play those. More shrieking from the masses. And the next song picked? A cover, "Heart Of Glass", by Debbie Harry (Blondie) . And as any Erasure fan out there will agree, Andy can do justice to a Debbie Harry song.
The next songs were a hit list of oldies such as "Rock Me Gently", "Chains Of Love"', "Sometimes", "Take A Chance On Me" and "Chorus". It seemed the crowd was more excited the older the song was. They played two songs off the upcoming release, "Cowboy". Both songs, "In My Arms" and "Rain" are destined to be hits.
Both Andy and Vince played the crowd as well as they have for for the past 11 years. During the instrumental section of "Rock Me Gently", Vince came down to the front of the stage and videotaped the audience. I still cannot believe we did not force the walls to collapse. As always, the backup singers were quite good and added to the music. Andy, in all his flamboyance and glory, never stopped dancing and drawing the audience into the whole ambiance of the night...
...So after one hour of basically solid Erasure nostalgia, they left the stage for a few minutes, and came back to sing two encore songs. Both songs, "Love To Hate You", and "Star", sent the crowd into such a tizzy I was waiting for someone to try and leap onto the stage.
So, yet another Erasure show in the history books... For anyone who missed this show, you missed a night of great music and lots of old memories. Erasure put on a great performance, and I thank them for letting me remember the old times, for a little while anyway.
NEW YORK POST'S REVIEW
Flamboyant Andy Bell and His partner Vince Clarke are the most unlikely cowpokes to ever punch a cow, but for their Radio City Music Hall engagement, the synth-pop duo created a West Village Wild West show that hitched the band's well-known sense of kitsch theatrics to throbbing dance music.
The ghost town on stage was Deadwood Gulch, population six (Bell, Clarke, and four backup singers). The ensemble appeared in matching latex cowboy outfits, looking as if they were ready for a rubber rodeo.
There was a Conestoga wagon from which the backup crooners sang, a two-story hotel and saloon, four cacti (that were obscenely proportioned) and an onstage campfire for the boys to get campy by. Even though the set gave the music a theme, much as in an opera, it had the whir and whine of a dance-hall engine rather than the gentle clip-clop of a pony....
...Bell, a singer with a bold, nearly operatic style, totally embraced the karaoke concept. He worked the crowd with energetic stage antics, including mounting a microphone stand to gallop about the stage, and dancing like a sagebrush hoofer. Bell was totally at ease, giving him rapport with the fans, who never sat during the concert.
As hammy as Bell was, his riding partner, Clarke, played the strong, silent type. He spent most of the concert sitting near a 20-foot stack of electronic gadgets (occasionally climbing a scaffold to twiddle a knob at the top of the tower). His stage role was was extremely limited in this erasure production, but he did make his presence felt when he strummed a song on a guitar while dressed in a full-body cactus suit that made him look like Gumby with needles.
The show featured much of the music from the band's latest album, "Cowboy", with a few greatest hits mixed in. Because of the music's heavy dance beat, there was an element of of sameness to many of the tunes that made it seem a little monotonous. The crowd of die-hard fans didn't seem to notice --- especially when Erasure covered Abba's "Take A Chance On Me" with excellent results and played their own "In My Arms", which took honors as the fans' favorite tune of the night.