Isolar – 1976 Tour
|Tour by David Bowie|
Bowie performing at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 26 February 1976
|Associated album||Station to Station|
|Start date||2 February 1976|
|End date||18 May 1976|
|No. of shows||64|
|David Bowie concert chronology|
The David Bowie Isolar – 1976 Tour was a concert tour in support of the album Station to Station. It opened on 2 February 1976 at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, 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, The Station to Station Tour, and The White Light Tour.
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, 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 as well as the 2016 box set Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976).
This set list is representative of the performance on 7 May 1976 in London, England at Empire Pool. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.
- "Station to Station"
- "Suffragette City"
- "Word on a Wing"
- "I'm Waiting for the Man"
- "Queen Bitch"
- "Life on Mars?
- "Five Years"
- "Panic in Detroit"
- "TVC 15"
- "Diamond Dogs"
|2 February 1976||Vancouver||Canada||Pacific Coliseum|
|3 February 1976||Seattle||United States||Seattle Center Coliseum|
|4 February 1976||Portland||Portland Memorial Coliseum|
|6 February 1976||Daly City||Cow Palace|
|8 February 1976||Inglewood||The Forum|
|9 February 1976|
|11 February 1976|
|13 February 1976||San Diego||San Diego Sports Arena|
|15 February 1976||Phoenix||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|16 February 1976||Albuquerque||Albuquerque Civic Auditorium|
|17 February 1976||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena|
|20 February 1976||Milwaukee||MECCA Arena|
|21 February 1976||Kalamazoo||Wings Stadium|
|22 February 1976||Evansville||Roberts Municipal Stadium|
|23 February 1976||Cincinnati||Riverfront Coliseum|
|25 February 1976||Montreal||Canada||Montreal Forum|
|26 February 1976||Toronto||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|27 February 1976||Cleveland||United States||Public Auditorium|
|28 February 1976|
|29 February 1976||Detroit||Olympia Stadium|
|1 March 1976|
|3 March 1976||Chicago||International Amphitheatre|
|5 March 1976||St. Louis||Kiel Auditorium|
|6 March 1976||Memphis||Mid-South Coliseum|
|7 March 1976||Nashville||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
|8 March 1976||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum|
|9 March 1976||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum|
|11 March 1976||Pittsburgh||Civic Arena|
|12 March 1976||Norfolk||Norfolk Scope|
|13 March 1976||Landover||Capital Centre|
|14 March 1976|
|15 March 1976||Philadelphia||The Spectrum|
|16 March 1976|
|17 March 1976||Boston||Boston Garden|
|19 March 1976||Buffalo||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium|
|20 March 1976||Rochester||Rochester Community War Memorial|
|21 March 1976||Springfield||Springfield Civic Center|
|22 March 1976||New Haven||New Haven Coliseum|
|23 March 1976||Uniondale||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|26 March 1976||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|7 April 1976||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|8 April 1976||Düsseldorf||Philipshalle|
|10 April 1976||Berlin||Deutschlandhalle|
|11 April 1976||Hamburg||Congress Center Hamburg|
|12 April 1976|
|13 April 1976||Frankfurt||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|14 April 1976||Ludwigshafen||Germany||Fr.-Ebert-Halle|
|17 April 1976||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|24 April 1976||Helsinki||Finland||UKK Hall|
|26 April 1976||Stockholm||Sweden||Kungliga tennishallen|
|28 April 1976||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
|29 April 1976||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falkonersalen|
|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||Forest National|
|13 May 1976||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|14 May 1976|
|17 May 1976||Paris||France||Pavillon de Paris|
|18 May 1976|
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|14 April 1976||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle||Cancelled.|
|17 April 1976||Bern||Festhalle Bea Bern Expo||Rescheduled to Hallenstadion in Zurich.|
|27 April 1976||Oslo||Ekeberghallen||Cancelled.|
|19 May 1976||Paris||Pavillon de Paris||Cancelled.|
From Hunky Dory
From Aladdin Sane
From Diamond Dogs
From Young Americans
From Station to Station
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- Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0
- Pimm Jal de la Parra, David Bowie: The Concert Tapes, P.J. Publishing, 1985, ISBN 90-900100-5-X
- David Buckley, Strange Fascination: The Definitive Biography of David Bowie, Virgin Books, 1999, ISBN 1-85227-784-X
- Christopher Sandford, Bowie: Loving the Alien, Warner Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7515-1924-3