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Tour History (AUS/NZ)
David Bowie has taken four of his fourteen world tours to Australia and New Zealand.

BDU maintains the most detailed resource available of these dates...



1978 Low / Heroes Tour (AUS/NZ)
Commencing in March 1978, the geographical scope of this Bowie tour was larger than any before.

For the first time, Bowie took in Pacific nations of Australia and New Zealand and this portion became known as "The Oz Tour".

The overwhelming demand for tickets in these new regions enabled Bowie to play massive open air venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground - one of the 10 largest stadiums on the planet.

To make an impression in these arenas, Bowie developed the stark approach of the 1976 staging. The ceiling of fluorescent tubes which had formed part of the Station to Station tour's lighting rig was expanded to create enormous panels of stripped light, hanging like prison bars at the back and on the ceiling of the stage - of which would pulsate in time to the music...

Prelude

Australian arrival, press conference and rehearsals

Support band (The Angels)
Band members, personnel, equipment and promoter

The Concerts
Adelaide
November 11

Adelaide Oval

Perth
November 14 & 15
Perth Entertainment Centre
Melbourne
November 18
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brisbane
November 20
Impromptu club performance
Brisbane
November 21
Lang Park
Sydney
November 24 & 25
Royal Showgrounds

Christchurch
November 29

Queen Elizabeth Park

Auckland
December 2

Western Springs Stadium


Audio Visual
Countdown (TV Interview)
Willesee (TV Interview)

Appendix
Dogs in Space: The Melbourne Ticket Queue
Official passes, concurrent releases, merchandise and memorabilia



1983 Serious Moonlight Tour (AUS/NZ)
The Serious Moonlight Tour coincided with Bowie's biggest album (Let's Dance) and his biggest ever concert audiences.

Commencing in Belgium in May, the national attendance records set particularly in New Zealand - and subsequently entered into the Guiness Book of World Records - makes this tour relevant in any reading of the nation's modern cultural history. In terms of Bowie's career and the perspective of rock music, it is a testament as to how big a cult artist can become.

During the course of 1983, Australia had become something of a focus for David Bowie - primarily due to the videos of his smash hits 'Lets Dance' and 'China Girl'. The European dates were also supported by Australian band Icehouse who have often been compared to Bowie.


As the tour kicked off, fans began to witness Bowie's most elaborate staging since 1974. This included four enormous translucent polythene columns, huge neoclassical lintels above, a giant hand located stage right and a glittering crescent moon stage left...

Prelude - Australia

Arrival and Press Conference (Perth)



Concerts - Australia
Perth
November 4, 5 & 6

Perth Entertainment Centre

Adelaide

November 9
Melbourne
November 12
Melbourne VFL Park
Brisbane
November 16
Lang Park

Sydney
November 19-20

Showgrounds


Prelude - New Zealand
New Zealand - Lead up, Arrival and Marae Visit


Concerts - New Zealand

Wellington
November 24

Athletic Park

Auckland
November 26

Western Springs Stadium


Audio Visual
Don Lane TV interview
Backstage in NZ - TV Interview
NZ Serious Moonlight Tour Doco
(by Sam Coley for Radio NZ, 2009)

Appendix

Official passes, items and merchandise



1987 Glass Spider Tour (AUS/NZ)

Commencing in Rotterdam in May, the Glass Spider tour featured an extravagant rock stage and partial theatre. It drew upon Bowie's Diamond Dogs Tour - even sharing the same stage designer (Mark Ravitz) and choreographer (Toni Basil) although musically it echoed the 1980s phase of his career.

Incorporating a breathtakingly preposterous "Spider Environment", Glass Spider saw a network of scaffolding and catwalks, dwarfed by a 50-foot high spider whose glowing body and illuminated legs framed the split-level stage. When European dates were launched, it began with a longer script involving the stage actors and dancers. Some of this was pruned back by the time it reached Australia.

The Australasian leg was marked by 15 concert dates - considerably more than Bowie's previous occasions, however, the locations played were fewer and thus the cities of Adelaide, Perth, Wellington and Christchurch had to go without. Meanwhile, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne were treated to multiple shows.



Prelude
Sydney
October 27

Australian Press Conference


The Concerts
Brisbane
October 29 & 30

Entertainment Centre

Melbourne
Nov 18, 20, 21 & 23

Kooyong Stadium

Sydney
Nov 3,4,6,7,10,13 & 14

Entertainment Centre

Auckland
November 28

Western Springs Stadium




2004 A Reality Tour (AUS/NZ)

Commencing in September 2003, this was the longest running tour of Bowie's career - most fortunate for Australia and New Zealand who after missing seven consecutive world tours, were treated to their first Bowie concerts in 17 years.

The Reality Tour was extremely music focused, underlined by the fact that the band had rehearsed over 50 songs which would allow Bowie a rotating set list and the ability to make each show unique from the last.



Promo and Ticketing

Announcing 'A Reality'


New Zealand Arrival and Concerts
Wellington
February 12 & 13

NZ Arrival and anticipation

Wellington
February 14

Westpac Trust Stadium


Australian Arrival and Concerts
Sydney
February 16

Australian Press Conference

Brisbane
February 17

Entertainment Centre

Sydney
February 20 & 21

Entertainment Centre

Adelaide
February 23

Entertainment Centre

Melbourne
February 26 & 27

Rod Laver Arena

Perth
March 1

Supreme Court Gardens


Band Member Shows
Sydney
February 19

'Spooky Ghost' at Annandale Hotel

Melbourne
February 25

'Spooky Ghost' at Ding Dong Lounge


BDU Exclusives

Sydney
February 21

Bowie Downunder Walking Tour

Melbourne
February 27

Club UK (Fan After Party)


Audio Visual
Melbourne
February 24

TV Interview - ROVE



 

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