Serious Moonlight

 

David Bowie live 1964-2004

Serious Moonlight Tour

 

 

The David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour was thus far Bowie's longest, largest and most successful concert tour. The tour opened at the Vorst Forest Nationaal - Brussels on 18 May 1983 and ended in the Hong Kong Coliseum on 8 December 1983; 16 countries visited, 96 performances, and over 2.6M tickets sold.

Bowie himself had a hand in the set design for the tour, which included giant columns (affectionately referred to as "condoms") as well as a large moon and a giant hand. Some of the musicians from his 1978 tour were re-hired for this tour, including Carlos Alomar, who was the band leader for the tour. Earl Slick was drafted as guitarist a few days before the commencement of the tour due to problems with Stevie Ray Vaughan's management demanding a contract renegotiation.

The band rehearsed for the tour in Dallas, Texas. Each band member wore a costume which was designed "down to the smallest detail." Two sets of each person's costumes were made and worn on alternate nights, and everyone got to keep one set at the conclusion of the tour as a souvenir.

One song that was on the rehearsal's song list that never actually got to the rehearsal stage was Across the Universe which Bowie had covered in 1975 on his Young Americans album.

 

 

 

The band

 

David Bowie - vocals, guitar, saxophone

Earl Slick - guitar

Carlos Alomar - guitar

Carmine Rojas - bass guitar

Tony Thompson - drums, percussion

Dave Lebolt - keyboards, synthesizers

Steve Elson - saxophones

Stan Harrison - saxophones, woodwinds

Lenny Pickett - saxophones, woodwinds

George Simms - backing vocals

Frank Simms - backing vocals

 

 

The songs

 

From Man of Words Man of Music (Space Oddity)

Space Oddity

 

From Hunky Dory

Life on Mars?

 

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

Soul Love / Star / Hang on to Yourself

 

From Aladdin Sane

The Jean Genie / Cracked Actor

 

From Pinups

Sorrow / I can't Explain

 

From Diamond Dogs

Rebel Rebel

 

From Young Americans

Fame, Young Americans

 

From Station to Station

Station to Station / TVC 15 / Stay / Golden Years / Wild is the Wind

 

From Low

Breaking Glass / What in the World

 

From Heroes

Joe The Lion / Heroes

 

From Lodger

Look Back in Anger / Red Sails

 

From Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Scary Monsters, Fashion, Ashes to Ashes

 

From Let's Dance

Modern Love, Let's Dance, Cat People, China Girl

 

Other songs

Imagine (originally from Imagine by John Lennon, written by Lennon) /

White Light/White Heat (from White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed)

 

The average setlist on the tour:

 

Star (opener up to July 2nd)

Look Back in Anger (opener from July 3rd and onwards)

"Heroes"

What in the World

Golden Years

Fashion

Let's Dance

Breaking Glass

Life on Mars?

Sorrow

Cat People

China Girl

Scary Monsters

Rebel Rebel

White Light/White Heat

(The Velvet Underground cover)

Station to Station

Cracked Actor

Ashes to Ashes

Space Oddity

Young Americans

Fame

TVC15

Stay

Encore:

The Jean Genie

Modern Love

 

 

Shows

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

18 May 1983 - Brussels, Vorst Nationaal

19 May 1983 - Brussels, Vorst Nationaal

20 May 1983 - Frankfurt, Festhalle

21 May 1983 - Munich, Olympiahalle

22 May 1983 - Munich, Olympiahalle

24 May 1983 - Lyon, Palais des Sports de Gerland

25 May 1983 - Lyon, Palais des Sports de Gerland

26 May 1983 - Fréjus, Les Arènes

27 May 1983 - Fréjus, Les Arènes

29 May 1983 - Nantes (Cancelled)

30 May 1983 - San Bernardino, California (US) US Festival

Glen Helen Regional Park

2 June 1983 - London, Wembley Arena

3 June 1983 - London, Wembley Arena

4 June 1983 - London, Wembley Arena

5 June 1983 - Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre

6 June 1983 - Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre

8 June 1983 - Paris, Hippodrome D'Auteuil

9 June 1983 - Paris, Hippodrome D'Auteuil

11 June 1983 - Gothenburg, Ullevi Stadium

12 June 1983 - Gothenburg, Ullevi Stadium

15 June 1983 - Bochum, Ruhrstadion

17 June 1983 - Bad Segeberg, Freilichtbühne

18 June 1983 - Bad Segeberg, Freilichtbühne

20 June 1983 - West Berlin, Waldbühne

24 June 1983 - Offenbach am Main, Bieberer Berg Stadion

25 June 1983 - Rotterdam, Stadion Feijenoord

26 June 1983 - Rotterdam, Stadion Feijenoord

28 June 1983 - Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium

30 June 1983 - London, Hammersmith Odeon

1 July 1983- Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Bowl

2 July 1983- Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Bowl

3 July 1983- Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Bowl

 

NORTH AMERICA TOUR

 

11 July 1983 - Quebec City, Quebec, Colisée de Québec

12 July 1983 - Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Forum

13 July 1983 - Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Forum

15 July 1983 - Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford Civic Center

16 July 1983 - Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford Civic Center

18 July 1983 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

19 July 1983 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

20 July 1983 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

21 July 1983 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spectrum

23 July 1983 - Syracuse, New York, Carrier Dome

25 July 1983 - New York, Madison Square Garden

26 July 1983 - New York, Madison Square Garden

27 July 1983 - New York, Madison Square Garden

29 July 1983 - Richfield, Ohio, Richfield Coliseum

30 July 1983 - Detroit, Michigan, Joe Louis Arena

31 July 1983 - Detroit, Michigan, Joe Louis Arena

1 August 1983 - Chicago, Illinois, Rosemont Horizon

2 August 1983 - Chicago, Illinois, Rosemont Horizon

3 August 1983 - Chicago, Illinois, Rosemont Horizon

7 August 1983 - Edmonton, Alberta, Commonwealth Stadium

9 August 1983 - Vancouver, British Colombia, BC Place Stadium

11 August 1983 - Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Dome

14 August 1983 - Los Angeles, California, The Forum

15 August 1983 - Los Angeles, California, The Forum

17 August 1983 - Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum

19 August 1983 - Dallas, Texas, Reunion Arena

20 August 1983 - Austin, Texas, Frank Erwin Center

21 August 1983 - Houston, Texas, The Summit

24 August 1983 - Norfolk, Virginia, Scope Cultural and Convention Center

25 August 1983 - Norfolk, Virginia, Scope Cultural and Convention Center

27 August 1983 - Landover, Maryland, Capital Centre

28 August 1983 - Landover, Maryland, Capital Centre

29 August 1983 - Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Stadium

31 August 1983 - Foxborough, Massachusetts, Sullivan Stadium

3 September 1983 - Toronto, Ontario, Canadian National Exhibition Stadium

4 September 1983 - Toronto, Ontario, Canadian National Exhibition Stadium

5 September 1983 - Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium

6 September 1983 - Syracuse, New York, Carrier Dome

9 September 1983 - Anaheim, California, Anaheim Stadium

11 September 1983 - Vancouver, Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum

12 September 1983 - Vancouver, Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum

14 September 1983 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Winnipeg Stadium

17 September 1983 - Oakland, California, Oakland Alameda Coliseum

 

JAPAN TOUR

 

20 October 1983 - Tokyo, Nippon Budokan

21 October 1983 - Tokyo, Nippon Budokan

22 October 1983 - Tokyo, Nippon Budokan

24 October 1983 - Tokyo, Nippon Budokan

25 October 1983 - Yokohama, Yokohama Stadium

26 October 1983 - Osaka, Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

27 October 1983 - Osaka, Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

29 October 1983 - Nagoya, Kokusai Tenji Kaikan

30 October 1983 - Osaka, Expo Commemoration Park

31 October 1983 - Kyoto, Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium

 

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR

 

4 November 1983 - Perth, Entertainment Centre

5 November 1983 - Perth, Entertainment Centre

6 November 1983 - Perth, Entertainment Centre

9 November 1983 - Adelaide, Adelaide Oval

12 November 1983 - Melbourne, VFL Park

16 November 1983 - Brisbane, Lang Park

19 November 1983 - Sydney, RAS Showgrounds

20 November 1983 - Sydney, RAS Showgrounds

24 November 1983 - Wellington, Athletic Park

26 November 1983 - Auckland, Western Springs Stadium

 

ASIA TOUR

 

3 December 1983 - Singapore, National Stadium

5 December 1983 - Bangkok, Thai Army Sports Stadium

7 December 1983 - Hong Hong, Coliseum

8 December 1983 - Hong Hong, Coliseum

 

 

 

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