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1983 Serious Moonlight Tour (AUS/NZ)

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Perth: November 4,5,6


The Australian leg of the Serious Moonlight tour kicked off in Perth with three gigs at the Entertainment Centre - the only indoor shows of the Australasian tour.


The Perth Entertainment Centre was Western Australia's largest indoor venue until it's closure in 2002 and demolition in 2011.


The venue held
all of Bowie's pre-millenium concerts in that state (two in 1978 and a further three in 1983). Of those two early tours, it contained Bowie's only indoor shows in Australia/NZ.




Below and Right: Some of the very last pictures taken at the venue that was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records
(the largest purpose built regular theatre containing a proscenium arch in the world). More here at the blog, 6000 Times


The tour itself was met with high anticipation - not only was Bowie now sailing on the biggest wave of his career but he had just returned from his longest break in touring.


Like the first part of the tour, Bowie opened his shows with 'Look Back in Anger' and it's insistent chorus line:


"Waiting so long, I've been waiting, waiting so".


Completing 20 plus songs each night and spanning his entire career from 'Space Oddity' onwards, the Perth shows received ecstatic reviews.


B
owie fanzine Starzone mentions that Perth tickets initially sold for $19 each although some fans were willing to pay up to $100 as indicated by advertisements in the press.


According to reports, fans began camping out for tickets 2 weeks before the sale.


Perth Set list
4 Nov, 1983


1. Look Back In Anger
2. "Heroes"
3. What In The World
4. Golden Years
5. Fashion
6.
Let's Dance
7. Breaking Glass
8. Life On Mars?
9. Sorrow
10. Cat People
11. China Girl
12. Scary Monsters
13. Rebel Rebel
14. White Light, White Heat
15. Station To Station
16. Cracked Actor
17. Ashes To Ashes
18. Space Oddity / Band Intro
19. Young Americans
20. Fame
21. Star
22. Stay
23. The Jean Genie
24 Modern Love


Ticket scan from Stevee.


According to Starzone, Perth went without a hitch. The only worry was when Bowie disappeared on a free day without saying where he was going. After visiting Perth Zoo, Bowie drove into the outback in a hired car.

Video of Bowie's arrival in Perth from "The Today Show" (Australian television).






Above & Below: Perth, Nov 4, 1983. Photos from Stevee.


Above & Below: Perth, Nov 4, 1983. Photos from Stevee.
Above & Below: Perth, Nov 4, 1983. Photos from Stevee.


 

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