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|
|Number 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, 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, 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.
In March 1976, the band became known as Raw Moon.
- David Bowie - vocals, saxophone
- Carlos Alomar - rhythm guitar
- Stacey Heydon - lead guitar
- George Murray - bass guitar
- Dennis Davis - drums
- Tony Kaye - keyboards, synthesizers
- 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
From Hunky Dory
From Aladdin Sane
From Diamond Dogs
From Young Americans
From Station to Station
- "Sister Midnight" (from The Idiot (1977) by Iggy Pop; written by Pop, Bowie and Alomar)
- "I'm Waiting for the Man" (from The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) by The Velvet Underground and Nico; written by Lou Reed)
- Kevin Cann, David Bowie: A Chronology, Vermilion, 1983, ISBN 0-09-153831-9
- 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