Outside Tour

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Outside Tour
Tour by David Bowie
Associated album 1. Outside
Start date 14 September 1995
End date 20 February 1996
Legs 2
No. of shows 68
David Bowie concert chronology
Nine Inch Nails tour chronology
Self Destruct Tour
Dissonance Tour (1995) Fragility Tour (1999-2000)

The Outside Tour was a tour by English rock musician David Bowie, opening on 14 September 1995 at Meadows Music TheatreHartford, Connecticut. Support during the US leg of the tour was provided by Nine Inch Nails, who segued their set with Bowie's to form a continuous show. Prick opened the first date of the tour. Morrissey was the support act for the European leg, but withdrew from the tour after nine dates. On selected dates Reeves Gabrels performed songs from his album, The Sacred Squall of Now in addition to performing with Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie. The opening of the concert tour preceded the release of the 1. Outside album which was released on 25 September 1995.

In a 2012 Rolling Stone reader's poll, the tour (pairing Nine Inch Nails with Bowie) was named one of the top 10 opening acts in rock history.[1]

Tour history[edit]

Initial tour rehearsals were held at the Complete Music Studios in New York before moving to the Mullins Center, where Nine Inch Nails joined the rehearsal.[2]

This tour was Bowie's first since he retired his hits with his previous Sound+Vision Tour (1990). Bowie said, "We're going to play some older material, sure, but not obvious things. I found, while rehearsing for the [Outside] tour, that older songs I haven't played for years suddenly fit in with this new material quite well – things like ... "Joe the Lion." So I'm quite looking forward to it."[3] Other songs from Bowie's back catalog that he performed during the tour include "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", "Look Back in Anger", "Andy Warhol" and "Breaking Glass".[4]

Bowie spoke on why he chose to tour with Nine Inch Nails:

I personally did like the combination of NIN and me, but my fans didn't. Bad luck!! It also was an extremely young audience, between about 12 and 17 years old. My starting point was simply: I've just made an adventurous album, what can I do now to turn the concerts as adventurous. Looking at it in that way, it seemed logic to confront myself with the NIN audience. I knew it would be hard to captivate them by music they never heard, by an artist whose name was the only familiar thing.[5]

Trent Reznor has gone on record numerous times as being heavily influenced by David Bowie,[6] and further collaborated with Bowie by remixing "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" and later on 1997's "I'm Afraid of Americans" single. When asked in 1995 if his album Outside was influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Bowie answered, "the band that I was actually quite taken with was three guys from Switzerland call The Young Gods ... I’d been aware of them previous to knowing about Nine Inch Nails."[7]

Set and costume design[edit]

For the tour, Bowie went with a modest stage design ("some banners, some mannequins") and avoided the theatrical presentation like his previous Glass Spider Tour in 1987 and Sound+Vision Tour in 1990.[4] The stage "resembled a building site, with paint splashed crumpled sheets draped about", and included an old fashioned table and chair in one corner, onto which Bowie would occasionally climb during shows.[2]

Bowie had a few outfits for the tour (which varied between the European and US shows), but included 3 jackets designed by Alexander McQueen.[2]

Performance notes[edit]

Bowie opened an interview for the tour with USA Today on the opening day of the tour, on 14 September 1995 with the question "How do you commit commercial suicide? Well, you do this: play songs from an album that hasn't been released yet, and complement it with obscure songs from the past that you've never done on stage."[8]

During the tour, as Nine Inch Nails reached the conclusion of their performance, the two bands played together with both Nine Inch Nails and Bowie and his band performing "Subterraneans", "Hallo Spaceboy" and "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", followed by two Nine Inch Nails songs "Reptile" and "Hurt" after which Bowie continued with his own set alone.[6]

Early in the tour, the "almost 100% Nails audience" provided a challenge to Bowie, who said "In those first weeks, we had to adjust emotionally to the fact that we were going to be challenged every night to get in sync with what people were coming to the show for. But then you start to recognize that if you're going to continue, you'd better enjoy what you're doing. The more we did that, the more it communicated to the audience. That's how it went from survival to being a good tour."[9]

Bowie signed copies of his album at a local record store while in New York on 26 September 1995.[2]

Morrissey was slated to be the opening act of the European tour, but he suddenly and unexpectedly quit just before the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre performance on 29 November 1995.[10] The support slot was filled on later dates by The Gyres, Echobelly, Placebo and a variety of local bands.

Live recordings[edit]

The 13 December 1995 performance at the National Exhibition Centre (Hall 5) in Birmingham, England, billed as the Big Twix Mix Show with Alanis Morissette, Lightning Seeds and Echobelly as support acts, was filmed by BBC TV with excerpts broadcast at a later date.


  1. "Look Back in Anger"
  2. "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
  3. "The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)"
  4. "The Man Who Sold the World"
  5. "Hallo Spaceboy"
  6. "I Have Not Been to Oxford Town"
  7. "Strangers When We Meet"
  8. "Breaking Glass"
  9. "The Motel"
  10. "Jump They Say"
  11. "Boys Keep Swinging"
  12. "Teenage Wildlife"
  13. "Under Pressure"


  1. "Moonage Daydream"
  2. "We Prick You"
  3. "Hallo Spaceboy"

Tour band[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
14 September 1995 Hartford, Connecticut United States Meadows Music Theatre
16 September 1995 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods Arts Center
17 September 1995 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
20 September 1995 Toronto Canada SkyDome
22 September 1995 Camden, New Jersey United States Blockbuster Center
23 September 1995 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheater
27 September 1995 East Rutherford, New Jersey Meadowlands Arena
28 September 1995
30 September 1995 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
1 October 1995 Tinley Park, Illinois New World Music Theatre
3 October 1995 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
4 October 1995 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
6 October 1995 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
7 October 1995 Raleigh, North Carolina Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9 October 1995 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
11 October 1995 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheatre
13 October 1995 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
14 October 1995 Austin, Texas South Park Meadows
16 October 1995 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
18 October 1995 Phoenix, Arizona Desert Sky Pavilion
19 October 1995 Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center
21 October 1995 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
24 October 1995 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
25 October 1995 Portland, Oregon The Rose Garden
28 October 1995 Inglewood, California Great Western Forum
29 October 1995
31 October 1995 Hollywood, California Hollywood Palladium
14 November 1995 London England Wembley Arena
15 November 1995
17 November 1995
18 November 1995
20 November 1995 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
21 November 1995
24 November 1995 Belfast Northern Ireland (Re-scheduled) King's Hall
Dublin Ireland Point Depot
26 November 1995 Exeter England Westpoint Arena
27 November 1995 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
29 November 1995 Aberdeen Scotland Exhibition Centre
30 November 1995 Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
3 December 1995 Sheffield England Sheffield Arena
4 December 1995 (Cancelled) Sheffield Arena
5 December 1995 Belfast Northern Ireland King's Hall
6 December 1995 Manchester England (Re-scheduled) Manchester Arena
7 December 1995 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle Arena
8 December 1995 Manchester Manchester Arena
13 December 1995 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (Hall 5)
(Big Twix Mix Show)
17 January 1996 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
19 January 1996 Stockholm Sweden Globe Arena
20 January 1996 Gothenburg Scandinavium
22 January 1996 Oslo Norway Spektrum
24 January 1996 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
25 January 1996 Hamburg Germany Sporthalle
27 January 1996 Brussels Belgium Vorst Forest Nationaal
28 January 1996 Utrecht Netherlands Prins Van Oranjehall
30 January 1996 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
31 January 1996 Frankfurt Festhalle
1 February 1996 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
3 February 1996 Prague Czech Republic Sportovni Hala
4 February 1996 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
6 February 1996 Ljubljana Slovenia Hala Tivoli
8 February 1996 Milan Italy Palatrussardi
9 February 1996 Bologna Palasport
11 February 1996 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
13 February 1996 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
14 February 1996 Zürich Hallenstadion
16 February 1996 Amnéville France Le Galaxie
17 February 1996 Lille Zénith de Lille
18 February 1996 Rennes Salle Expos-Aeroport
20 February 1996 Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy



  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Opening Acts in Rock History", Rolling Stone, 11 July 2012, retrieved 4 November 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d Alexander, Alex (1998), Outside Tour Ultimate Guide 
  3. ^ Hendrickson, Mark (November 1995), David Bowie: Outside Looking in, retrieved 1 August 2013 
  4. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (29 September 1995), "POP REVIEW; Bowie and Nails Mesh (Sometimes)", New York Times, retrieved 29 October 2013 
  5. ^ "Can the Real David Bowie Rise, Please?", HUMO, 5 December 1995, retrieved 6 June 2013 
  6. ^ a b Weisel, Al (2 November 1995), "Performance: Nine Inch Nails / David Bowie", Rolling Stone magazine (720): 28 
  7. ^ Newquist, HP (January 1996). "No Longer A Lad Insane". Guitar. 
  8. ^ Gundersen, Edna (14 September 1995), "Cover Story: Bowie, Beyond fame and fashion", USA Today: D1–2 
  9. ^ Sprague, David (February 1997), "David Bowie Interview", Pulse magazine: 34–37, 72–73 
  10. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0


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