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Live: Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix

David Bowie performed at Phoenix’s Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on 30 March 1978, for the second date of the Isolar II Tour.

His guitarists were Carlos Alomar and Adrian Belew. Simon House was on electric violin, Sean Mayes played piano, and Roger Powell was on keyboards and synthesizers. George Murray played bass guitar and Dennis Davis was on drums.

We flew over a strange desert landscape scored by straight white roads which seemed to form a geometric pattern and lead nowhere. Phoenix, Arizona, welcomed us with hot sunshine and the gig went well. We had the next day free and lazed around the hotel pool. David, who wishes he could swim like a dolphin, cannot swim at all but lay there in dark glasses and turquoise trunks improving his tan while a handful of fans huddled bug-eyed behind the fence.
Sean Mayes
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Bowie had previously performed at the venue on 14 September 1974 during the Diamond Dogs Tour, and on 15 February 1976 during the Isolar Tour.

He returned to the Memorial Coliseum for a final time 17 August 1983 during the Serious Moonlight Tour.

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