David Bowie live 1964-2004
Welcome to BowieLive.net, which is the first website on David Bowie live shows. BowieLive.net catalogues more than 800 shows performed by David Bowie 1964 to 2004. This is 40 years of Rock history and cover an almost microscopic picture of David Bowie's career as performing artist. This is the ultimate guide to all his shows and you get it all: the songs performed, the description of each and every show, the words David Bowie speaks - and all the stories about rehearsals, sound checks and meeting with the fans.
BowieLive.net is directed and written by Peter Frederiksen, author to several books about David Bowie and an altime Bowie fan. Contact section.
It is my hope that one will find BowieLive.net useful to get a overview of David Bowies live shows the past 40 years, and maybe to refresh your memories of the shows you have seen over the years.
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Bowie began his career in the 1950s and the first live shows we know goes back to the late 1950s. The first actual tours are with The King Bees, The Mannish Boys and The Lower Third in 1963-65. In 1966 David Robert Jones changed his name to David Bowie and together with the band The Buzz he takes on his first extended tour.
In the early 1970s , when the British rock scene has changed, David Bowie slowly became more popular, however the major breakthrough comes with the release of Hunky Dory in December 1971, which is the first album with the band, later to become known as "The Spiders From Mars".
To promote this album David Bowie in January 1972 begins the Ziggy Stardust tour - a tour that will shape and change his career.
This is the first tour we actually know in detail througgh the details from fans, who attended the shows. In fact this is also the first shows which is documented in live tapes - these unauthorized recordings of concerts made by fans to keep as a lasting memory of the event.
Over the next four decades, David Bowie manages to reinvent himself with historical albums promoted on spectacular live shows. These shows are today a very important part of the history of Rock: beside the Ziggy Stardust show, the tour with Diamond Dogs in America in 1974, as the Thin White Duke in 1976 (first tour including the European continent) and his first ever World tour in 1978 is among the best live shows ever. The era with pop and sold-out stadium concerts in 1983 and 1987 has its own position before the very appreciated years with Tin Machine 1989-1992, which in my opinion are some very important years in the development of his remarkable shows in the 1990's and in 2002-2004.
A Reality Tour in 2003-2004 became Davids last tour, and he actually never performed solo after 2004. He only did a few live appearances in 2005 and 2006 with a couple of songs with Arcade Fire and David Gilmour. His last ever liveperformance was with Alicia Keys performing Changes, November 17, 2006. Sadly, David Bowie passed away January 10, 2016.
Enjoy the ride through this sites many descriptions of a remarkable career and a remarkable artist: David Bowie
29 January 1972 to 3 July 1973 - 182 shows
14 June 1974 to 2 December 1974 - 73 shows
2 February 1976 to 18 May 1976 - 64 shows
29 March 1978 to 12 December 1978 - 77 shows
18 May 1983 to 8 December 1983 - 96 shows
30 May 1987 to 28 November 1987 - 86 shows
Tin Machine Tour
14 June 1989 to 3 July 1989 - 12 shows
4 March 1990 to 29 September 1990 - 108 shows
It's My Life Tour (Tin Machine)
5 October 1991 to 17 February 1992 - 69 shows
14 September 1995 to 20 February 1996 - 68 shows
Outside Summer Festivals Tour
4 June 1996 to 21 July 1996 - 27 shows
7 June 1997 to 7 November 1997 - 83 shows
The Hours Tour
9 October 1999 - 7 December 1999 - 8 shows
11 June 2002 to 23 October 2002 - 36 shows
A Reality Tour
7 October 2003 to 23 July 2004 - 113 shows
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