David Bowie performed at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, on 5 April 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.
It was the sixth date of the tour, which began on 29 March in San Diego.
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.
I went out for postcards and razor-blades and was tempted to jump on a cable car climbing one of those San Francisco hills, but we soon had to leave for the gig.
We nosed on to a flyover rising to circle a couple of ’scrapers and headed out over the bay on a mile of multistorey bridge bound for Oakland Coliseum.
Life On Tour With Bowie
Bowie returned to the Alameda Coliseum on 17 September 1983 during the Serious Moonlight Tour.
- ‘What In The World’
- ‘Be My Wife’
- ‘The Jean Genie’
- ‘Sense Of Doubt’
- ‘Speed Of Life’
- ‘Breaking Glass’
- ‘Beauty And The Beast’
- ‘Five Years’
- ‘Soul Love’
- ‘Hang On To Yourself’
- ‘Ziggy Stardust’
- ‘Suffragette City’
- ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide’
- ‘Art Decade’
- ‘Station To Station’
- ‘TVC 15’
- ‘Rebel Rebel’
Also on this day...
- 1993: Album release: Black Tie White Noise
- 1990: Live: Festhalle, Frankfurt
- 1977: Live: Iggy Pop, Paramount Theatre, Portland
- 1967: Recording: Silly Boy Blue, I’m Waiting For The Man, Little Toy Soldier
- 1963: Live: The Konrads at Highcroft Hall Country Club, Crockenhill
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