A Reality Tour
|A Reality Tour|
|Tour by David Bowie|
|Start date||7 October 2003|
|End date||23 July 2004|
|Shows||70 in Europe
28 in North America
1 in the Atlantic
8 in Oceania
5 in Asia
112 in Total
|David Bowie tour chronology|
A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour.
The tour grossed US $46m, making it the ninth-highest grossing tour of 2004.
Bowie announced the tour in June 2003, intending to play to over a million people across 17 countries, and was billed as his first major tour since the Outside Tour of 1995. Bowie promoted this tour with appearances on primetime television shows such as The Tonight Show and on AOL Sessions. At over 110 shows, the tour was the longest tour of Bowie's career.
Bowie sought to perform in the format of a stadium concert with less focus on elaborate staging and more focus on the musicians in his band. The stage featured a number of platforms, some extending into the audience, as well as multiple video-screens projecting artistic images and live footage of the concert along with many colored lights for effects. The stage was typically placed at one end of the stadium or arena with seating in the stands or on the field itself with a back-stage area on the far side of the stage.
The musicians were dressed in casual but colorful outfits; nearly each musician had a set of outfits in different colors, such as Bowie's cut-off shirt and neckerchief or Gail Ann Dorsey's dress. Musicians were free to move about the stage as their instruments permitted with wireless amplification, though Bowie and Dorsey interacted most often as part of the acts.
Each concert began with an introduction on the main video-screen, during which the band would enter the stage and prepare the opening number. After the opener, Bowie would greet the audience with the flexible line, "Hello, [city name], you crazy bunch of motherfuckers" as a sign of welcoming. The performances, between the somewhat staged pieces, were informal often with a dialog between Bowie and his audience, jokes, band introductions, and the occasional "Happy Birthday To You".
The set list included tracks spanning Bowie's 30 plus years in the music business, from The Man Who Sold the World (1970) all the way to Reality (2003), along with collaborations such as Sister Midnight (with Iggy Pop) and "Under Pressure" (with Queen), and snippets and teasers of Bowie classics such as "Space Oddity" and "Golden Years". There is a bit more focus, however, on tracks from the albums released since the Earthling World Tour in 1997, Heathen (2002), and Reality. The only exception from his latest albums is 'hours...' (1999); no tracks from this album were included, possibly due to poor reception of the album. Other albums with no appearance included Space Oddity (1969), the cover album Pin Ups (1973), the ill-received Never Let Me Down (1987), the albums produced with the band Tin Machine, and Black Tie White Noise (1993).
The inclusion of tracks from Let's Dance and Tonight was also notable, considering a fan tendency to reject the albums as "too commercial", seeing the return of the singles "Modern Love", "Blue Jean", "Lets Dance," "China Girl", and a semi-acoustic version of "Loving the Alien".
Overall, the band had rehearsed around 60 songs for the tour.
Originally scheduled to play in 24 countries over a ten-month period, the tour was curtailed after the Hurricane Festival performance in Scheeßel, Germany on 25 June 2004, as a result of Bowie being diagnosed with an acutely blocked artery that required an angioplasty procedure. The previous performance at the T-Mobile Arena, Prague, Czech Republic on 23 June 2004 had been interrupted as Bowie was forced to leave the stage believing he was suffering from a trapped nerve in his left shoulder. A previous incident in Oslo on 18 June 2004 saw Bowie being struck in the left eye with a lollipop thrown by a member of the audience. On 6 May 2004, a performance at the James L. Knight Center, Miami, FL was cancelled after a lighting technician fell to his death prior to Bowie going onstage.
- David Bowie - vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica
- Earl Slick - guitar
- Gerry Leonard - guitar
- Mark Plati - bass guitar, guitar
- Gail Ann Dorsey - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Sterling Campbell - drums
- Mike Garson - keyboards, piano
- Catherine Russell - keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
9 December 2003 Boston United States Fleet Center
- On 19 August 2003 Bowie performed a one off show in Poughkeepsie, New York at The Chance, as a warm up show.
- On 8 September 2003 Bowie performed a show at the Riverside Studios in London which was a 'satellite show'. This was a live performance beamed via satellite to cinemas and theatres across Europe and due to time delay the following day across Asia, Australia, North and South America. 
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A This concert was a part of "Isle of Wight Festival"
- B This concert was a part of "Bergen Festival"
- C This concert was a part of "Norwegian Wood Festival"
- D This concert was a part of "Provinssirock"
- E This concert was a part of "Hurricane Festival"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|12 November 2003||Toulouse||Le Zénith de Toulouse||Cancelled|
|6 December 2003||Atlantic City||The Borgata Events Center||Rescheduled to 29 May 2004|
|7 December 2003||Fairfax||Patriot Center||Rescheduled to 16 May 2004|
|9 December 2003||Boston||Fleet Center||Rescheduled to 30 March 2004|
|10 December 2003||Philadelphia||Wachovia Center||Rescheduled to 29 March 2004|
|12 December 2003||Toronto||Air Canada Centre||Rescheduled to 1 April 2004|
|6 May 2004||Miami||James L. Knight Center||Cancelled|
|26 June 2004||Tuttlingen||Southside Festival||Cancelled|
|29 June 2004||Vienna||Schloss Schönbrunn||Cancelled|
|30 June 2004||Salzburg||Residenzplatz||Cancelled|
|2 July 2004||Roskilde||Roskilde Festival||Cancelled|
|4 July 2004||Werchter||Rock Werchter||Cancelled|
|6 July 2004||Ile De Gaou||Festival de la Gaou||Cancelled|
|7 July 2004||Carcassonne||Festival de la Cite||Cancelled|
|10 July 2004||Kinross||Balado, T in the Park||Cancelled|
|11 July 2004||County Kildare||Oxegen Festival||Cancelled|
|14 July 2004||Bilbao||Bilbao Festival||Cancelled|
|16 July 2004||Compostela||Xacobeo Festival||Cancelled|
|17 July 2004||Oporto||The Dragon Festival||Cancelled|
|20 July 2004||Nyon||Paléo Festival Nyon||Cancelled|
|21 July 2004||Monte Carlo||Club du Sporting||Cancelled|
|23 July 2004||Carhaix||Vieilles Charrues Festival||Cancelled|
- DVD/CD Included on A Reality Tour (film) and A Reality Tour (album)
- CD Included on A Reality Tour (album)
- iTunes Available as Digital download bonus tracks (iTunes) for A Reality Tour (album)
From Space Oddity
From Hunky Dory
From Aladdin Sane
From Diamond Dogs
From Young Americans
From Station to Station
From Let's Dance
- Bowie announces world tour
- Madonna Heads List Of Year's Top Tours, retrieved 20 September 2013
- "Bowie On World Tour", Sky News, 16 June 2003, retrieved 20 September 2013
- AOL Sessions
- Jacobson, Colin (3 November 2004), David Bowie: A Reality Tour (2003), retrieved 20 September 2013
- Seating Plan
- Bowie recovers after heart surgery
- Lollipop hits Bowie in eye at gig
- Crew member dies at Bowie concert
- Bowie gig beamed into cinemas
- Bowie thrills crowd with cinema gig