Live: Oval, Adelaide

David Bowie performed at the Oval in Adelaide, Australia, on 11 November 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.

This was the 66th date of the tour, which began on 29 March in San Diego, and Bowie’s first show in Australia.

His guitarists were Carlos Alomar and Adrian Belew. Simon House was on electric violin, Sean Mayes played piano, and Dennis Garcia was on keyboards and synthesizers for this and the two subsequent Australian shows. George Murray played bass guitar and Dennis Davis was on drums.

It may have been cold but it was one hell of a show – the first for four months, everyone a little nervous, and the glory of playing outside and to such a joyous crowd.

‘We’re just going off for ten minutes,’ announced David, half way through, ‘and when we come back… we won’t be wearing slippers!’

The crowd went crazy in the second half. People were throwing streamers on-stage, also a sparkler, a camera sling and a blue muppet wearing a DEVO badge. Towards the end, Carlos was losing his voice and David forgot some of the words in ‘Station To Station’. But we stormed through the encores, then down off the stage, across the grass and into the cars. The police swung the gates open and we swept back to the hotel.

Sean Mayes
Life On Tour With Bowie

Bowie returned to the Oval on 9 November 1983 during the Serious Moonlight Tour.

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