David Bowie performed at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 June 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.
It was the 51st 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.
The show on Sunday night [sic] went off as brilliantly as ever to the noisily appreciative crowd. This was an obvious hit-them-and-run gig and the cars surged out of the place as the crowd roar was climaxing after ‘Rebel Rebel’. We had an unexpected outrider for this trip – a crazy girl who had followed the tour from Holland appeared on the back of a tiny moped, clutching a crash helmet to her short blonde hair. They provided a kamikaze escort to the hotel where they nearly perished under the wheels of David’s limo as it swept in a U-turn to the doors of the hotel.
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This was first of two consecutive nights at the venue, also known as the Vorst Nationaal.
Bowie had previously performed there on 11 May 1976 during the Isolar Tour. He returned there on 18 and 19 May 1983 for the Serious Moonlight Tour; 20 and 21 April 1990 for the Sound+Vision Tour; and 27 January 1996 for the Outside Tour.
- ‘What In The World’
- ‘Be My Wife’
- ‘The Jean Genie’
- ‘Sense Of Doubt’
- ‘Speed Of Life’
- ‘Breaking Glass’
- ‘Five Years’
- ‘Soul Love’
- ‘Hang On To Yourself’
- ‘Ziggy Stardust’
- ‘Suffragette City’
- ‘Art Decade’
- ‘Alabama Song’
- ‘Station To Station’
- ‘TVC 15’
- ‘Beauty And The Beast’
- ‘Rebel Rebel’
Also on this day...
- 2000: Glastonbury 2000 diary – part eight
- 1997: Live: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht
- 1983: Live: Ullevi, Gothenburg
- 1973: Live: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
- 1969: Live: Midsummer Pop Festival, Cambridge
- 1967: David Bowie moves in with Kenneth Pitt
- 1966: Live: David Bowie and the Buzz, California Ballroom, Dunstable
- 1965: Live: Davie Jones and the Lower Third, Starlight Rooms, Brighton
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