David Bowie performed at the LSU Assembly Center in Baton Rouge on 11 April 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.
It was the 10th date of the tour, which began on 29 March in San Diego. This was Bowie’s only show in Baton Rouge.
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.
Baton Rouge – the name has a ring to it, right down there on the Mississippi, but we flew in over one of the filthiest industrial estates I’ve ever seen. The airport and hotel were right out in the green though and everything was awash with rain.
The LSU Assembly Centre looks like a large flying saucer has just landed. It holds 11,000 people and the sheriff’s police had them well under control. This was a drag at first but they got excited by the end of the show.
Life On Tour With Bowie
- ‘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...
- 1990: Live: Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart
- 1976: Live: Congress Center, Hamburg
- 1974: Single release: Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide
- 1973: Live: Shinjuku Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Tokyo
- 1965: Live: Davie Jones and the Manish Boys, Trent Bridge Rowing Club, Nottingham
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