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1987 Glass Spider Tour (AUS/NZ)

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Melbourne (November 18, 20, 21 & 23)


In Melbourne, Kooyong Stadium - was host to four David Bowie concerts.

Built in 1927 and located in suburban Hawthorn, the 8,500 capacity arena was the current home of Australian Open Tennis.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Kooyong had also
been host to several rock concerts over the years including Led Zeppelin (1 concert in 1972), The Rolling Stones (3 concerts in 1973), Black Sabbath (1 concert in 1973) and Bob Dylan (3 concerts in 1986) among others.


stones ledzep
Above : The Rolling Stones at Kooyong.
More photos at dw*c's photostream.

Above : Led Zeppelin at Kooyong.



Above: Ticket stub provided by Cass Moore.




The first night of Bowie concerts
was reportedly a blistering performance.

Unfortunately, nearby residents complained about noise, and as a result, sound levels were adjusted for the following nights. When Bowie announced this to the crowd on the second night, there was a long "booooo" in rightful protest to the residents!





Above: David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987.
Photos by Teresa Talent.
Above and Below: David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987.
Photos by Teresa Talent.





Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



On the Wednesday, Bowie played "Time" in his gold suit while on the Saturday show, he substituted this for "I Wanna Be Your Dog".







Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : Peter Frampton on David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie and Peter Frampton. Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie walks from his Mercedes - Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



The final Melbourne show on November 23 was a unique one. Due to high winds and heavy rain, much of the usual Spider set and production was abandoned.

Bowie performed only with his band and not with the accompaning dancers that normally appeared on the tour.

The performance has gained a subsequent life via the bootleg recording He Never Let Us Down.


Melbourne Setlist 23 Nov, 1983

1. Day In Day Out
2. Bang Bang
3. Absolute Beginners
4. China Girl
5. Rebel Rebel
6. Loving The Alien
7. Scary Monsters
8. "Heroes"
9. Sons Of The Silent Age
10. Young Americans
11. The Jean Genie
12. I Wanna Be Your Dog
13. White Light White Heat
14. Let's Dance
15. Fame

Encore
16. Blue Jean
17. Modern Love




Above : Cover of the bootleg "He Never Let Us Down" (Click for high res version).


An End to Kooyong


The David Bowie concerts at Kooyong might be the last world class events held at what was then a world famous venue.

In early 1988, the Australian Open was moved to Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park while the residents also got their way of having rock concerts stopped at the venue. Today, the stadium still breathes life via the Kooyong Classic (an exhibition event).

Above and Below: Kooyong Stadium, 2012. Photo by Adam.




Above and Below: Kooyong Stadium, 2012. Photo by Adam.












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