The last David Bowie concert in the southern hemisphere took place in Perth.
It was an outdoor show - the first since Wellington (at the beginning of the down under leg of the A Reality Tour).
For some years prior, the western metropolis had been suffering from an absence of medium to large sized concert venues. The Perth Entertainment Centre (which Bowie played in 1978 and again in 1983) was by this time laying in an abandoned and decrepit state.
In the first announcement of dates, it appears that Bowie and Dainty were going to skip Perth altogether but a few weeks into the initial tickets sales for other Australian shows, a resolution was reached. A tract of parkland in the Perth CBD - the Supreme Court Gardens - would now be adapted for the event.
Writing for the Western Australian, Simon Collins reported:
"We were all on our feet, as the ageless, rock icon swaggered out to the front of stage."
"New Killer Star, from his newest and 23th studio album, Reality, was a hit with the audience - as were most of the new songs. Pablo Picasso and Looking for Water maintained the energy levels of his 1970s material, while the plaintive The Loneliest Guy echoed the tone of his 1969 classic, Space Oddity."
According to our man on the scene, Stevee, the audience managed to pass the sing-a-long challenge of 'China Girl' - Bowie pointing out that the second gig in Melbourne - and Perth - were the only two places in the world that could do it. Reportedly, a girl at the front fainted when Bowie touched her hand.
Photo by Tim from Perth
At one point, Bowie cracked a joke about Brian Eno playing Satan in the new Mel Gibson directed movie, Passion.
thoroughly embarrassed Sterling Campbell by thrusting his hips at him.
He also joked with the huge crowd of people that had gathered on the other side of the fence, in a park by the river, listening for free. He called the payed audience "the legitimates" and them "the illegitimates".
The final down under show was also signaled by a large shooting star that blazed across the night sky.
Many people at the concert let out a gasp of surprise and after the concert, Paul Dempsey (from the support act, Something For kate) reported the moment to Bowie for which he responded:
"Paul, if you work hard enough, you'll get your own shooting star someday".