|Tour by David Bowie|
Bowie performing at the Ruisrock festival in Finland
|Start date||7 June 1997|
|End date||7 November 1997|
|No. of shows||83|
|David Bowie concert chronology|
The David Bowie Earthling Tour opened on 7 June 1997 at Flughafen Blankensee in Lübeck, Germany continuing through Europe, North America before reaching a conclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 November 1997.
Bowie first publicly performed Earthling material in late 1996, playing "Telling Lies" and sometimes "Little Wonder" at various shows on the US East Coast in September and October. On 9 January 1997, he hosted a concert at Madison Square Garden for his 50th birthday. A month later, Earthling was released and Bowie promoted it with appearances on Saturday Night Live (8 February) and The Tonight Show (11 February), followed by a Pay-Per-View broadcast of the birthday concert on 8 March.
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".
The original concept of the tour was to perform two separate set lists, one regular, and one dance-oriented set incorporating drum and bass. The two set-lists was abandoned, due to the media critics and audiences' apathy for the idea, after the performance at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht, of the Netherlands on 11 June 1997 had elements of each incorporated into the one set.
The 19 July 1997 Phoenix Festival performance was billed as Tao Jones Index (a psudonym that Bowie uses which includes his birth last name "Jones") 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 in Port Chester, New York that has 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 in New York City, New York was as part of the GQ Awards. The set-list for the shows included a version of the Laurie Anderson song "O Superman" (from Big Science (1982)) with lead vocals by Gail Ann Dorsey. Tour publicist Tony Michaelides handled press, radio & television for Bowie.
- "Always Crashing in the Same Car"
- "Panic in Detroit"
- "I'm Waiting for the Man"
- "My Death"
- "The Jean Genie"
- "I'm Afraid of Americans"
- "Seven Years in Tibet"
- "Looking for Satellites"
- "Under Pressure"
- "The Man Who Sold the World"
- "Battle for Britain (The Letter)"
- "Little Wonder"
- David Bowie – vocals, guitar, alto & baritone saxophone
- Reeves Gabrels – guitar, backing vocals
- Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Zack Alford  – drums, percussion
- Mike Garson – keyboards, backing vocals
|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|
|7 June 1997||Lübeck||Germany||Flughafen Blankensee|
|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|
|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|
|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||Shepherd's Bush Empire|
|12 August 1997|
|14 August 1997||Budapest||Hungary||Student Island Fest|
|6 September 1997||Vancouver||Canada||Plaza of Nations|
|7 September 1997||Seattle||United States||Paramount Theater|
|9 September 1997||San Francisco||The Warfield|
|10 September 1997||Los Angeles||Hollywood Athletic Club|
|12 September 1997||Universal City, California||Universal Amphitheatre|
|13 September 1997|
|15 September 1997||San Francisco||The Warfield|
|16 September 1997|
|19 September 1997||Chicago||The Vic Theater|
|21 September 1997||Detroit||State Theatre|
|22 September 1997|
|24 September 1997||Montreal||Canada||Metropolis|
|25 September 1997|
|27 September 1997||Toronto||Warehouse |
|28 September 1997|
|30 September 1997||Boston||United States||Orpheum Theatre |
|1 October 1997|
|3 October 1997||Philadelphia||Electric Factory|
|4 October 1997|
|7 October 1997||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida||Chili Pepper|
|8 October 1997|
|10 October 1997||Atlanta||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||Aragon Ballroom|
|18 October 1997||St. Paul, Minnesota||Roy Wilkins Auditorium|
|23 October 1997||Mexico City||Mexico||Foro Sol|
|31 October 1997||Curitiba||Brazil||Paulo Leminski Concert and Entertainment Hall|
|1 November 1997||São 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|
From Space Oddity
From Hunky Dory
From Aladdin Sane
From Young Americans
From Station to Station
From Let's Dance
From Tin Machine
- David Bowie Launches New Album 'earthling' With Network Television Appearances, A Pay-per-view Concert, A National Radio Broadcast, And Star On Hollywood Blvd's Walk Of Fame, 30 January 1997, retrieved 5 July 2013
- Laban, Linda (13 February 1997), "Bowie Hits a Fab 50", The Seattle Times: E3
- "David Bowie: The FI Interview" by J.D. Considine, Fi magazine, October 1997, pp 36-41
- Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0
- Discogs – Zachary Alford – Profile & Discography
- Discogs – Song & Dance – 1997 unOfficial 2CD, Dancing Horse (DH-017) Japan ~ Live at Hanover Grand Theatre, June 1997
- Discogs – Live in Vienna Arena 1997 unOfficial 2CD, Phantom Private Records (WADB01/02) Germany ~ Live at Sommer Arena, Vienna, 24 June 1997
- Discogs – The Chaos Girls – 1998 unOfficial 2CD, Montserrat Records (BRCD 2900/1) Germany
- Discogs – Jungle Fever – 1998 unOfficial 2CD, Montserrat Records (BRCD 2902/03) Germany ~ the CFNY Studios, Toronto 1997-09-26th
- Discogs – Adventures in Cyberspace – 1997 unOfficial 2CD, Dancing Horse (DH-020) ~ Boston's Orpheum Theatre, 1 October 1997 Cybercast