1978 World Tour

 

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1978 World Tour

 

 

The Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour, more commonly known as The Low / Heroes World Tour or The Stage Tour, was David Bowies first worldwide tour. The tour opened on 29 March 1978 at the San Diego Sports Arena continuing through North America, Europe and Australia before reaching a conclusion at the Nippon Budokan in Japan on 12 December 1978.

 

Originally, Brian Eno planned to be a part of the tour band, but had to drop out due to health reasons. The band only had two weeks to rehearse for the tour. Carlos Alomar was the tour's band leader and drove the rehearsals.

The set list for the performances consisted of material from the previous year's albums, Low and "Heroes", with the second half of each performance opening with a five-song sequence from the The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. Bowie had the band learn the entirety of the Ziggy album in rehearsals, although most of the songs were never performed live on the tour. The instrumental track "Art Decade" typically followed the Ziggy tracks, a mellow track to follow the energy of the Ziggy material. Tracks from the Station To Station album were the closing numbers. In the late 1980s, Bowie regarded some of the songs he performed live on the tour as a bit "ponderous", referring specifically to some of the long instrumental performances such as "Warszawa."

A short intermission split a typical night's show into two parts, and for the second Bowie wore a snakeskin drapecoat and "huge baggy white pants."

 

The stark fluorescent tube lighting approach of the previous 1976 tour, was further developed and expanded to create a large cage of tube lighting, which enclosed the stage with the ability to pulsate moodily during the slower instrumental pieces and flash frantically during the faster songs.

 

 

The band

 

David Bowie - vocals, chamberlain

Adrian Belew - lead guitar, backing vocals

Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar, backing vocals

George Murray - bass guitar, backing vocals

Dennis Davis - drums, percussion

Roger Powell - keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals (except 11–14 November 1978)

Dennis Garcia - keyboards, synthesizer (11–14 November 1978 only)

Sean Mayes - piano, string ensemble, backing vocals

Simon House - electric violin

 

 

The songs

 

 

From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Five Years / Soul Love / Star / Hang on to Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

 

From Aladdin Sane

The Jean Genie

 

From Diamond Dogs

Rebel Rebel

 

From Young Americans

Fame

 

From Station to Station

Station to Station / TVC 15 / Stay

 

From Low

Speed of Life / Breaking Glass / What in the World / Sound and Vision / Be My Wife / Warszawa / Art Decade

 

From Heroes

Beauty and the Beast / Heroes / Blackout / Sense of Doubt

 

Other songs

Alabama Song (non-album single, originally from Bertold Brecht's opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, written by Brecht and Kurt Weill)

 

Average setlist on the tour:

 

Warszawa

"Heroes"

What in the World

Be My Wife

The Jean Genie

Blackout

Sense of Doubt

Breaking Glass

Fame

Beauty and the Beast

Five Years

Soul Love

Star

Hang On to Yourself

Ziggy Stardust

Suffragette City

Art Decade

Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Station to Station

Stay

TVC15

Rebel Rebel

Shows

 

NORTH AMERICA TOUR

 

29 March 1978 - San Diego, California, San Diego Sports Arena

30 March 1978 - Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum

2 April 1978 - Fresno, California, Fresno Convention Center

3 April 1978 - Los Angeles, California, The Forum

4 April 1978 - Los Angeles, California, The Forum

5 April 1978 - Oakland, California, Oakland Coliseum

6 April 1978 - Los Angeles, California, The Forum

9 April 1978 - Houston, Texas, The Summit

10 April 1978 - Dallas, Texas, Dallas Convention Center

11 April 1978 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, State University Assembly Center

13 April 1978 - Nashville, Tennessee, Municipal Auditorium

14 April 1978 - Memphis, Tennessee, Mid-South Coliseum

15 April 1978 - Kansas City, Missouri, Municipal Auditorium

17 April 1978 - Chicago, Illinois, Arie Crown Theatre

18 April 1978 - Chicago, Illinois, Arie Crown Theatre

20 April 1978 - Detroit, Michigan, Cobo Arena

21 April 1978 - Detroit, Michigan, Cobo Arena

22 April 1978 - Cleveland, Ohio, Richfield Coliseum

24 April 1978 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mecca Arena

26 April 1978 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Civic Arena

27 April 1978 - Landover, Maryland, Capital Centre

28 April 1978 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Spectrum Arena

29 April 1978 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Spectrum Arena

1 May 1978 - Toronto, Ontario, Maple Leaf Gardens

2 May 1978 - Ottawa, Ontario, Ottawa Civic Centre

3 May 1978 - Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Forum

5 May 1978 - Providence, Rhode Island, Civic Center

6 May 1978 - Boston, Massachusetts, New Boston Garden Arena

7 May 1978 - New York, Madison Square Garden

8 May 1978 - New York, Madison Square Garden

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

14 May 1978 - Frankfurt, Festhalle

15 May 1978 - Hamburg, Congress-Centrum

16 May 1978 - Berlin, Deutschlandhalle

18 May 1978 - Essen, Grugahalle

19 May 1978 - Cologne, Kölner Sporthalle

20 May 1978 - Munich, Olympiahalle

22 May 1978 - Vienna, Stadthalle

24 May 1978 - Paris, Pavillon de Paris

25 May 1978 - Paris, Pavillon de Paris

26 May 1978 - Lyon, Palais des Sports de Gerland

27 May 1978 - Marseilles, Palais des Sports

31 May 1978 - Copenhagen, Falkonersalen

1 June 1978 - Copenhagen, Falkonersalen

2 June 1978 - Stockholm, Kungliga Tennishallen

4 June 1978 - Gothenburg, Scandinavium

5 June 1978 - Oslo, Ekersberghallen

7 June 1978 - Rotterdam, Sportpaleis Ahoy

8 June 1978 - Rotterdam, Sportpaleis Ahoy

9 June 1978 - Rotterdam, Sportpaleis Ahoy

11 June 1978 - Brussels, Vorst Nationaal

12 June 1978 - Brussels, Vorst Nationaal

14 June 1978 - Newcastle, Newcastle City Hall

15 June 1978 - Newcastle, Newcastle City Hall

16 June 1978 - Newcastle, Newcastle City Hall

19 June 1978 - Glasgow, The Apollo

20 June 1978 - Glasgow, The Apollo

21 June 1978 - Glasgow, The Apollo

22 June 1978 - Glasgow, The Apollo

24 June 1978 - Stafford, New Bingley Hall County Showground

25 June 1978 - Stafford, New Bingley Hall County Showground

26 June 1978 - Stafford, New Bingley Hall County Showground

29 June 1978 - London, Earl's Court

30 June 1978 - London, Earl's Court

1 July 1978 - London, Earl's Court

 

AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND TOUR

 

11 November 1978 - Adelaide, Oval

14 November 1978 - Perth, Entertainment Centre

15 November 1978 - Perth, Entertainment Centre

18 November 1978 - Melbourne, Cricket Ground

21 November 1978 - Brisbane, Lang Park

24 November 1978 - Sydney, RAS Showgrounds

25 November 1978 - Sydney, RAS Showgrounds

29 November 1978 - Christchurch, Queen Elizabeth II Park

2 December 1978 - Auckland, Western Springs Stadium

 

JAPANESE TOUR

 

6 December 1978 - Osaka, Koseinenkin Kaikan

7 December 1978 - Osaka, Koseinenkin Kaikan

9 December 1978 - Banpaku, Kaikan

11 December 1978 - Tokyo, Budokan Arena

12 December 1978 - Tokyo, NHK Hall

 

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