final concert was at Auckland's enormous Western Springs (a speedway stadium).
The 74,480 strong audience was the largest ever recorded for an Australasian
concert and was believed to be the largest single crowd gathering in the
history of New Zealand.
The gig was recorded in the Guinness Book of
Records as the largest crowd gathering per head of population anywhere
in the world.
Springs Stadium. From David Bowie's Serious Moonlight The World Tour.
to Bowie fan Paul from Auckland, some papers may have declared a mere
70,000 attendance but that number had swelled considerably by at least
20,000 due to people pushing the perimeter fences over.
bemused security guards just stood there scratching their heads before
moving to assist folks over the broken fence and thereby preventing any
crush injuries. It was a great show and certainly the largest by any act
that I've ever been to."
~ Paul from Auckland
The publication David Bowie's Serious Moonlight The World Tour mentions that there
were "90,000 or so, with their bonfires up on the hills around the
site. Looking like Huns in the flickering light but behaving."
Ticket scan from TJNWorldEnterprises. (Click to enlarge)
The Auckland show was supported by local group Dance Exponents
and Australian group Models.
nuclear arms race was dominating world headlines, and Bowie finished the
Auckland concert with an impassioned oration ("I wish our world leaders
would stop their insane inability to recognise that we wish to live peacefully"),
and released two white doves into the sky before the final encore.
Auckland Set list ,
26 Nov, 1983
1 Look Back In Anger
3 What In The World
4 Golden Years
6 Let's Dance
7 Breaking Glass
8 Life On Mars
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
19 Young Americans
24 The Jean Genie
25 Modern Love
the main tour officially over, Bowie threw a party with Polynesian dancing
last minute addition to the Serious Moonlight Tour called the "Bungle
In The Jungle" (documented
in the "Ricochet" video) was to be stripped
down to the basics without most of the crew.....so Bowie asked the road
crew to cut the huge cake shaped like the Earth.