Isolar – 1976 Tour

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Isolar - 1976 Tour
David Bowie 1976.jpg
Bowie performing at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 26 February 1976
Tour by David Bowie
Associated album Station to Station
Start date 2 February 1976
End date 18 May 1976
Legs 2
Shows 64
David Bowie concert chronology
Diamond Dogs Tour
(1974)
Isolar - 1976 Tour
(1976)
Isolar II - The 1978 World Tour
(1978)

The David Bowie Isolar – 1976 Tour[1] was a concert tour in support of the album Station To Station. It opened on 2 February 1976 at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, and continued through North America and Europe, concluding at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, on 18 May 1976. The tour is commonly referred to as Thin White Duke Tour,[2] The Station to Station Tour,[3] and The White Light Tour.[4]

History[edit]

Bowie performs at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 26 February 1976.

The performances began with a projected sequence of surrealist images, depicting a razor blade cutting into an eyeball, from the 1928 film Un Chien Andalou,[5] by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. The visual element of the performances incorporated banks of fluorescent white light set against black backdrops creating a stark spectacle on a stage largely devoid of props or other visual distractions.

The Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio performance on 28 February 1976 was recorded by a concert-goer and released as the bootleg entitled "NeoExpressionism" on the TSP (The Swinging Pig) label. It would be digitally re-mastered in 2007 and the entire set released on 2 CD's. The only song not done at this performance is "Sister Midnight."

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, performance on 23 March 1976 was recorded by RCA Records with extracts broadcast by The King Biscuit Radio Network. Two songs from the performance were later included on the 1991 Rykodisc re-issue of the Station to Station album. The entire Nassau performance is available on the 2010 deluxe edition of Station to Station.

Tour band[edit]

In March 1976, the band became known as Raw Moon.

Technicians (Roadies)

  • Vern "Moose" Constan – Band Tech
  • Rob Joyce – Band Tec
  • Buford Jones - Sound Engineer
  • Lonnie McKenzie - Lighting Engineer
  • Leroy Kerr - Lighting Tech
  • Lester Burton - Lighting Tech
  • Buddy Prewitt - Lighting Tech
  • Larry Sizemore - Lighting Tech
  • Scott Wadsworth Sound Tech

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
2 February 1976 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Pacific Coliseum
3 February 1976 Seattle, Washington United States Seattle Center Coliseum
4 February 1976 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
6 February 1976 Daly City, California Cow Palace
8 February 1976 Los Angeles, California The Forum
9 February 1976
11 February 1976
13 February 1976 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
15 February 1976 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
16 February 1976 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
17 February 1976 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
20 February 1976 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Arena
21 February 1976 Kalamazoo, Michigan Wings Stadium
22 February 1976 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
23 February 1976 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum
25 February 1976 Montreal, Quebec Canada Montreal Forum
26 February 1976 Toronto, Ontario Maple Leaf Gardens
27 February 1976 Cleveland, Ohio United States Public Auditorium
28 February 1976
29 February 1976 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena
1 March 1976
3 March 1976 Chicago, Illinois International Amphitheatre
5 March 1976 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
6 March 1976 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
7 March 1976 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium
8 March 1976 Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum
11 March 1976 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
12 March 1976 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
13 March 1976 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
14 March 1976
15 March 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
16 March 1976
17 March 1976 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
19 March 1976 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
20 March 1976 Rochester, New York Rochester Community War Memorial
21 March 1976 Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield Civic Center
22 March 1976 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
23 March 1976 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
26 March 1976 New York City Madison Square Garden
Europe
7 April 1976 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
8 April 1976 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
10 April 1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
11 April 1976 Hamburg Congress Centrum
12 April 1976
13 April 1976 Frankfurt Festhalle
14 April 1976 Ludwigshafen
17 April 1976 Bern Switzerland (Cancelled) Festhalle
Zurich Hallenstadion
24 April 1976 Helsinki Finland Messuhalli
26 April 1976 Stockholm Sweden Kungliga Tennishallen
27 April 1976
Oslo Norway (Cancelled) Ekebergshallen
28 April 1976 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
29 April 1976 Copenhagen Denmark Falkoner Salen
30 April 1976
3 May 1976 London England Empire Pool
4 May 1976
5 May 1976
6 May 1976
7 May 1976
8 May 1976
11 May 1976 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal
13 May 1976 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis Ahoy
14 May 1976
17 May 1976 Paris France Pavillon de Paris
18 May 1976
19 May 1976 (Cancelled) Pavillon de Paris

Songs[edit]

From Hunky Dory

  • "Changes"
  • "Life on Mars?"
  • "Queen Bitch"

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

  • "Five Years"
  • "Suffragette City"

From Aladdin Sane

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

From Diamond Dogs

  • "Diamond Dogs"
  • "Rebel Rebel"

From Young Americans

From Station to Station

  • "Station to Station"
  • "Golden Years"
  • "Word on a Wing"
  • "TVC 15"
  • "Stay"

Other songs:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Cann, David Bowie: A Chronology, Vermilion, 1983, ISBN 0-09-153831-9
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0
  3. ^ Pimm Jal de la Parra, David Bowie: The Concert Tapes, P.J. Publishing, 1985, ISBN 90-900100-5-X
  4. ^ David Buckley, Strange Fascination: The Definitive Biography of David Bowie, Virgin Books, 1999, ISBN 1-85227-784-X
  5. ^ Christopher Sandford, Bowie: Loving the Alien, Warner Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7515-1924-3