In a turn around from mere recording ... on November 4, 1989, Tin Machine burst on to the local Sydney pub scene to play a concert of several live numbers - completely unannounced.
The gig took place at a small venue named Moby Dicks and it had been 4 months since Tin Machine had played any live shows at all.
Bowie Downunder member, Chris Wooden, was at the show and recalled that the band played for about 40 minutes....
||"Some of [the people that were there] had no idea of what was about to happen. Shortly after I arrived they came on stage and did a blistering set of tracks from Tin Machine II. A unique experience to say the least!!! Craig Braun from EMI told me shortly after the band left that we were invited back stage to see the band, but he said he was "too tired" and said no thanks.....he just wanted to get home!!
When I met up with Bowie back stage after his last here in Melbourne he mentioned that gig and I reminded him of the location and venue. He put it in the list of tours/gigs that he had done in Australia".
~ Chris Wooden (Bowie fan)
Bowie also told the Australian press that the band would play other unannounced concerts in Australia, however, as far as we know, they never did. The next Bowie show on Australian shores would come fifteen years later --> Brisbane 2004.