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In 1987, David Bowie embarked on the The Glass Spider Tour in support of the album Never Let Me Down. The concert tour was the most ambitious by David Bowie surpassing the previous Serious Moonlight Tour in terms of audience figures and number of performances. It has been estimated by the conclusion of the tour a total of three million people had attended beating his previous record set on the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour.

History

In announcing the concert tour, David Bowie embarked on a series of promotional press shows, in which the tour details were announced together with a live performance of songs from the Never Let Me Down album.

The European performances were not without incident with a lighting engineer, Michael Clark, being tragically killed at the Stadio Comunalemarker - Florencemarker after falling from the scaffolding before the show commenced.

The performances at Sydney Entertainment Centremarker - Sydneymarker, Australia on 7 & 9 November 1987 were filmed and released on video, Glass Spider, in 1988 with a DVD release in 2007 including an audio recording of the 30 August 1987 performance at the Olympic Stadiummarker - Montreal, QBmarker. The 6 June 1987 Platz der Republik (Reichstag - City Of Berlin Festival) - Berlinmarker performance was broadcast on FM Radio.

Promotional Press Shows



Tour Band

The Dancers;

Tour Dates

Europe



North America

Australia

New Zealand



The Songs

From The Man Who Sold the World
  • "All the Madmen"
From Aladdin Sane
  • "Time"
  • "The Jean Genie"
From Diamond Dogs
  • "Rebel Rebel"
  • "Big Brother"
From Young Americans From "Heroes"
  • ""Heroes"" (Bowie, Brian Eno)
  • "Sons of the Silent Age"
From Scary Monsters
  • "Up the Hill Backwards"
  • "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
  • "Fashion"
From Let's Dance
  • "Modern Love"
  • "China Girl" (originally from The Idiot by Iggy Pop, written by Pop and Bowie)
  • "Let's Dance"
From Tonight
  • "Loving the Alien"
  • "Blue Jean"
  • "Dancing With the Big Boys" (Bowie, Pop, Carlos Alomar)
From Never Let Me Down
  • "Day-In Day-Out"
  • "Time Will Crawl"
  • "Beat of Your Drum"
  • "Never Let Me Down" (Bowie, Alomar)
  • "Zeroes"
  • "Glass Spider"
  • "New York's in Love"
  • "'87 and Cry"
  • "Bang Bang" (Bowie, Ivan Kral)
Other songs:

Notes

  1. David Currie, David Bowie Glass Idol: The 1987 European tour, Omnibus Press, 1987, ISBN 0711911827
  2. Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0

References

  • David Buckley, Strange Fascination: The Definitive Biography of David Bowie, Virgin Books, 1999, ISBN 1-85227-784X



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