The Australian leg of the Reality tour
opened at the 13,500 seater Brisbane Entertainment
Centre - the same venue Bowie played on his last visit
some 17 years previous.
Located 16 kilometres north of the city, the
Brisbane concert was indoor and sheltered from what was
a particularly notable bout of very hot weather - even
by Brisbane summer standards.
By 7 PM, the area outside the arena
transformed into a beacon of activity and several fans
dressed up to mark the occasion - some complete with
Aladdin Sane lightening makeup.
|BEC David Bowie Ticketek map and BEC
The opening act was Something for Kate - as
was the case in all following Australian shows.
|David Bowie and Something For Kate.
At around 8:45, Bowie took the stage.
As in Wellington, the start-up involved an
instrumental jam before 'Rebel Rebel' kicked in. Again,
after a rousing version of 'All The Young Dudes', Bowie
invited the audience to sing 'China Girl' from the very
beginning! - but as to be expected, the audience
fumbled. Bowie was in a playful mood - on several
occasions, getting down into a sprint position and
running towards the front of the stage to entice the
Bowie in Brisbane.
Photo by Adam D. Camera security at this show
was unbelievably tight but was fortunately eased
up in subsequent shows.
Debuting downunder was 'Looking for Water' which became
a staple throughout the remaining Oz shows. Another
surprise was 'Always Crashing in the Same Car' which
appeared in the encore.
During the band introduction - just before Bowie
introduced Gail Ann Dorsey - BDU member Anthony yelled
out the name "Hollywood" to which David laughed and
replied " Hollywood? What has that got to
do with the price of chips? Hollywood. Alright. Ummmm"
before Gail Ann explained that 'Hollywood' was a name
she used on a Velvel record.
Played Guitar'. Photo by Adam D.
Following the concert, many fans decided to rock on at
the Troubadour Bar in Fortitude Valley.
The following day, reports in
the press were ecstatic. Securing most of page 3 of The
Courier Mail, Noel Mengel reported that Bowie's
show was better than his 1983 and 1987 concerts and on a
par with Lang Park, 1978 - a show that is frequently
cited as one of the most memorable rock concerts among
those who attended.
Page 3 of The Courier Mail, Feb
Front page of the Today section of The
Front cover of local music rag Time
Off, Feb 11-17, 2004.
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