David Bowie performed at the Kungliga Tennishallen in Stockholm, Sweden, on 2 June 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.
It was the 45th date of the tour, which began on 29 March in San Diego.
Bowie’s 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.
So we flew up to Stockholm, further north than I’ve ever been. The airport is surrounded by thick pine forests. Recently I came across a bootleg of our show down Portobello Road. It’s called David Bowie Live In Stockholm ’79 but of course it’s us in Stockholm ’78. On the cover you can see my left boot and a hint of my silver jacket behind David’s shoulders. One track has a couple of interesting points: in the first instrumental break of ‘Breaking Glass’ he cries ‘Hell-God-Baby-Damn!’ – our all-purpose Texan exclamation, the catchphrase of the tour. At the end of the song he continues singing I never youch yoooou… with a definite Bolan warble. He told me one night he had the strange feeling of Marc’s presence at his shoulder – friendly, but it made him shiver.
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’
- ‘Art Decade’
- ‘Alabama Song’
- ‘Station To Station’
- ‘TVC 15’
- ‘Rebel Rebel’
Also on this day...
- 1997: Live: Hanover Grand, London
- 1990: Live: McNicols Sports Arena, Denver
- 1987: Live: Festivalpark, Werchter
- 1983: Live: Wembley Arena, London
- 1972: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
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