Live: Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan, Osaka

David Bowie performed at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka, Japan, on 7 December 1978, as part of the Isolar II Tour.

It was the 76th date of the tour, which began on 29 March in San Diego.

This was the second of two consecutive nights at the venue. In contrast to the previous night, the crowd was lively and gave Bowie a huge cheer when he addressed them in Japanese.

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 that night was livelier – people threw streamers and there seemed to be quite a few gays. Dennis decorated his face with Red Indian-style warpaint. The crowd were certainly more responsive and there was even applause for the start of ‘Sense Of Doubt’! David spoke a few words of Japanese which produced a noisy response.
Sean Mayes
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Bowie had previously performed at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan on 17 April 1973 during the Ziggy Stardust Tour.

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Last updated: 18 October 2023
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