Earthling Tour

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Earthling Tour
David Bowie 1997.jpg
Bowie performing at the Ruisrock festival in Finland
Tour by David Bowie
Associated album Earthling
Start date 7 June 1997
End date 7 November 1997
Legs 3
Shows 83
David Bowie concert chronology
Outside Summer Festivals Tour
(1996)
Earthling Tour
(1997)
The Hours... Tour
(1999)

The David Bowie Earthling Tour opened on 7 June 1997 at Flughafen Blankense - Lübeck, Germany continuing through Europe, North America before reaching a conclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 November 1997.

History[edit]

Bowie and his band began rehearsing for the tour in April 1997, and expected the tour to last "from May through Christmas" (1997). Bowie expected it to be "really extensive, a long, long tour."[1]

The original concept of the tour was to perform two separate set lists, one regular, and one dance-oriented set incorporating drum and bass.[2] The two set-lists was abandoned, due to media critics and audience apathy,[3] after the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg - Utrecht performance on 11 June 1997 with elements of each incorporated into the one set.

The 19 July 1997 Phoenix Festival performance, was billed as Tao Jones Index, in the BBC Radio 1 dance tent preceded the regular performance on the main stage the following day. The 14 October 1997 show at the Capitol Theatre - Port Chester, NY, broadcast on MTV's Live from the 10 Spot, was added at short-notice due to cancellation by The Rolling Stones. The following show on 15 October 1997 at the Radio City Music Hall - New York City was as part of the GQ Awards. The set-list for the shows included a version of the Laurie Anderson work O Superman with lead vocals by Gail Ann Dorsey. Tour Publicist Tony Michaelides handled press, radio & television for Bowie.

Tour band[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Warm-up shows
17 May 1997 Dublin Ireland The Factory Studios
2 June 1997 London England Hanover Grand
3 June 1997
5 June 1997 Hamburg Germany Grosse Freiheit
Europe
7 June 1997 Lübeck Germany Flughafen Blankense
8 June 1997 Offenbach am Main Bieberer Berg Stadion
10 June 1997 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
11 June 1997 Utrecht Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
13 June 1997 Essen Germany (Cancelled) Essen Stadium
Dortmund Westfalenhalle
14 June 1997 Paris France Parc des Princes
16 June 1997 Rezé La Trocadiere
17 June 1997 Bordeaux La Medocquine
19 June 1997 Clermont-Ferrand Maison des Sports
21 June 1997 Leipzig Germany Go Bang Festival
22 June 1997 Munich
24 June 1997 Vienna Austria Sommer Arena
25 June 1997 Prague Czech Republic Congress Centre
28 June 1997 Oslo Norway Kalvoeya Festival
29 June 1997 Turku Finland Ruisrock Festival
1 July 1997 Zagreb Croatia Dom Sportova
2 July 1997 Pistoia Italy Piazza del Duomo
4 July 1997 Torhout Belgium Torhout Festival
5 July 1997 Werchter Werchter Festival
6 July 1997 Ringe Denmark Midtfyns Festival
8 July 1997 Brescia Italy Stadio Mario Rigamonti
10 July 1997 Napoli Neapolis Festival
11 July 1997 Arbatax Rocce Rosse Festival
13 July 1997 Frauenfeld Switzerland Out in the Green
15 July 1997 Madrid Spain (Cancelled) Las Ventas
Aqua Lung
16 July 1997 Zaragoza Pabellón Príncipe Felipe
17 July 1997 San Sebastián Velodromo De Anoeta
19 July 1997 Stratford upon Avon England Phoenix Festival
Long Marston Airfield
(billed as Tao Jones Index)
20 July 1997
22 July 1997 Glasgow Scotland Barrowlands
23 July 1997 Manchester England Manchester Academy
25 July 1997 Malmö Sweden Mölleplatsen
26 July 1997 Stockholm Lollipop Festival
27 July 1997 Gdańsk Poland (Cancelled) Stadion Lechii
29 July 1997 Lyon France Fourvière
30 July 1997 Juan-les-Pins Pinede Gould
1 August 1997 Birmingham England Que Club
2 August 1997 Liverpool Royal Court
3 August 1997 Newcastle upon Tyne Riverside
5 August 1997 Nottingham Rock City
6 August 1997 Leeds Town & Country Club
8 August 1997 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
9 August 1997
11 August 1997 London England Shepherds Bush Empire
12 August 1997
14 August 1997 Budapest Hungary Student Island Fest
North America
6 September 1997 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Plaza of Nations
7 September 1997 Seattle, Washington United States Paramount Theater
9 September 1997 San Francisco, California The Warfield
10 September 1997 Los Angeles, California Hollywood Athletic Club
12 September 1997 Universal City, California Universal Amphitheatre
13 September 1997
15 September 1997 San Francisco, California The Warfield
16 September 1997
19 September 1997 Chicago, Illinois The Vic Theater
21 September 1997 Detroit, Michigan State Theater
22 September 1997
24 September 1997 Montreal, Quebec Canada Metropolis
25 September 1997
27 September 1997 Toronto, Ontario Warehouse
28 September 1997
30 September 1997 Boston, Massachusetts United States Orpheum Theatre
1 October 1997
3 October 1997 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Electric Factory
4 October 1997
7 October 1997 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Chili Pepper
8 October 1997
10 October 1997 Atlanta, Georgia International Ballroom
12 October 1997 Washington, D.C. The Capitol Ballroom
13 October 1997 New York City The Supper Club
14 October 1997 Port Chester, New York Capitol Theatre (MTV 10-Spot)
15 October 1997 New York City Radio City Music Hall (GQ Awards)
17 October 1997 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom
18 October 1997 St. Paul, Minnesota Roy Wilkins Auditorium
23 October 1997 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol
South America
31 October 1997 Curitiba Brazil Paulo Leminski Concert and Entertainment Hall
1 November 1997 Sao Paulo Ibirapuera Arena
2 November 1997 Rio de Janeiro Citibank Hall
5 November 1997 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile
7 November 1997 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverri

Songs[edit]

From The Man Who Sold the World

  • "The Man Who Sold the World"
  • "The Supermen"

From Hunky Dory

  • "Quicksand"
  • "Queen Bitch"

From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • "Moonage Daydream"

From Aladdin Sane

  • "Panic in Detroit"
  • "The Jean Genie"

From Young Americans

From Station to Station

  • "Stay"

From Low

  • "Always Crashing in the Same Car"

From "Heroes"

  • "Heroes" (Bowie, Brian Eno)
  • "V-2 Schneider"

From Lodger

  • "Look Back in Anger" (Bowie, Eno)

From Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

  • "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"
  • "Fashion"

From Tin Machine

From Black Tie White Noise

  • "Pallas Athena"

From Outside

  • "Outside" (Bowie, Kevin Armstrong)
  • "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (Bowie, Eno, Gabrels, Mike Garson, Erdal Kizilcay, Sterling Campbell)
  • "Hallo Spaceboy" (Bowie, Eno)
  • "The Motel" (Bowie, Eno)
  • "The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)" (Bowie, Eno, Gabrels)
  • "I'm Deranged" (Bowie, Eno)
  • "Strangers When We Meet"

From Earthling

  • "Little Wonder" (Bowie, Gabrels, Mark Plati)
  • "Looking for Satellites" (Bowie, Gabrels, Plati)
  • "Battle for Britain (The Letter)" (Bowie, Gabrels, Plati)
  • "Seven Years in Tibet" (Bowie, Gabrels)
  • "Dead Man Walking" (Bowie, Gabrels)
  • "Dead Man Walking (Moby Mix)" (Bowie, Gabrels)
  • "Telling Lies"
  • "The Last Thing You Should Do" (Bowie, Gabrels, Plati)
  • "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Bowie, Eno)

Other songs:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Laban, Linda (13 February 1997), "Bowie Hits a Fab 50", The Seattle Times: E3 
  2. ^ "David Bowie: The FI Interview" by J.D. Considine, Fi magazine, October 1997, pp 36-41
  3. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0

References[edit]

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