A Reality Tour
|A Reality Tour|
|Tour by David Bowie|
|Start date||7 October 2003|
|End date||23 July 2004|
|Shows||70 in Europe
28 in North America
1 in the Atlantic
8 in Oceania
5 in Asia
112 in Total
|David Bowie tour chronology|
A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 2003 at the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour.
Originally scheduled to play in 24 countries over a ten-month period, the tour was curtailed after the Hurricane Festival performance in Scheeßel, Germany on 25 June 2004, as a result of Bowie being diagnosed with an acutely blocked artery that required an angioplasty procedure. The previous performance at the T-Mobile Arena, Prague, Czech Republic on 23 June 2004 had been interrupted as Bowie was forced to leave the stage believing he was suffering from a trapped nerve in his left shoulder. A previous incident in Oslo on 18 June 2004 saw Bowie being struck in the left eye with a lollipop thrown by a member of the audience. On 6 May 2004, a performance at the James L. Knight Center, Miami, FL was cancelled after a lighting technician fell to his death prior to Bowie going onstage.
Bowie sought to perform in the format of a stadium concert with less focus on elaborate staging and more focus on the musicians in his band. The stage featured a number of platforms, some extending into the audience, as well as multiple video-screens projecting artistic images and live footage of the concert along with many colored lights for effects. The stage was typically placed at one end of the stadium or arena with seating in the stands or on the field itself with a back-stage area on the far side of the stage.
The musicians were dressed in casual but colorful outfits; nearly each musician had a set of outfits in different colors, such as Bowie's cut-off shirt and neckerchief or Gail Ann Dorsey's dress. Musicians were free to move about the stage as their instruments permitted with wireless amplification, though Bowie and Dorsey interacted most often as part of the acts.
Each concert began with an introduction on the main video-screen, during which the band would enter the stage and prepare the opening number. After the opener, Bowie would greet the audience with the flexible line, "Hello, [city name], you crazy bunch of motherfuckers" as a sign of welcoming. The performances, between the somewhat staged pieces, were informal often with a dialog between Bowie and his audience, jokes, band introductions, and the occasional "Happy Birthday To You".
The set list included tracks spanning Bowie's 30 plus years in the music business, from The Man Who Sold the World (1970) all the way to Reality (2003), along with collaborations such as Sister Midnight (with Iggy Pop) and "Under Pressure" (with Queen), and snippets and teasers of Bowie classics such as "Space Oddity" and "Golden Years". There is a bit more focus, however, on tracks from the albums released since the Earthling World Tour in 1997, Heathen (2002), and Reality.
The only exception from his latest albums is 'hours...' (1999); no tracks from this album were included, possibly due to poor reception of the album. Other albums with no appearance included Space Oddity (1969), the cover album Pin Ups (1973), the ill-received Never Let Me Down (1987), the albums produced with the band Tin Machine, and Black Tie White Noise (1993).
The inclusion of tracks from Let's Dance and Tonight was also notable, considering a fan tendency to reject the albums as "too commercial", seeing the return of the singles "Modern Love", "Blue Jean", "Lets Dance," "China Girl", and a semi-acoustic version of "Loving the Alien".
- David Bowie - vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica
- Earl Slick - guitar
- Gerry Leonard - guitar
- Mark Plati - bass guitar, guitar
- Gail Ann Dorsey - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Sterling Campbell - drums
- Mike Garson - keyboards, piano
- Catherine Russell - keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
9 December 2003 Boston United States Fleet Center
- On 19 August 2003 Bowie performed a one off show in Poughkeepsie, New York at The Chance, as a warm up show.
- On 8 September 2003 Bowie performed a show at the Riverside Studios in London which was a 'satellite show'. This was a live performance beamed via satellite to cinemas and theatres across Europe and due to time delay the following day across Asia, Australia, North and South America.
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A This concert was a part of "Isle of Wight Festival"
- B This concert was a part of "Bergen Festival"
- C This concert was a part of "Norwegian Wood Festival"
- D This concert was a part of "Provinssirock"
- E This concert was a part of "Hurricane Festival"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|12 November 2003||Toulouse||Le Zénith de Toulouse||Cancelled|
|6 December 2003||Atlantic City||The Borgata Events Center||Rescheduled to 29 May 2004|
|7 December 2003||Fairfax||Patriot Center||Rescheduled to 16 May 2004|
|9 December 2003||Boston||Fleet Center||Rescheduled to 30 March 2004|
|10 December 2003||Philadelphia||Wachovia Center||Rescheduled to 29 March 2004|
|12 December 2003||Toronto||Air Canada Centre||Rescheduled to 1 April 2004|
|6 May 2004||Miami||James L. Knight Center||Cancelled|
|26 June 2004||Tuttlingen||Southside Festival||Cancelled|
|29 June 2004||Vienna||Schloss Schönbrunn||Cancelled|
|30 June 2004||Salzburg||Residenzplatz||Cancelled|
|2 July 2004||Roskilde||Roskilde Festival||Cancelled|
|4 July 2004||Werchter||Rock Werchter||Cancelled|
|6 July 2004||Ile De Gaou||Festival de la Gaou||Cancelled|
|7 July 2004||Carcassonne||Festival de la Cite||Cancelled|
|10 July 2004||Kinross||Balado, T in the Park||Cancelled|
|11 July 2004||County Kildare||Oxegen Festival||Cancelled|
|14 July 2004||Bilbao||Bilbao Festival||Cancelled|
|16 July 2004||Compostela||Xacobeo Festival||Cancelled|
|17 July 2004||Oporto||The Dragon Festival||Cancelled|
|20 July 2004||Nyon||Paléo Festival Nyon||Cancelled|
|21 July 2004||Monte Carlo||Club du Sporting||Cancelled|
|23 July 2004||Carhaix||Vieilles Charrues Festival||Cancelled|
- DVD/CD Included on A Reality Tour (film) and A Reality Tour (album)
- CD Included on A Reality Tour (album)
- iTunes Available as Digital download bonus tracks (iTunes) for A Reality Tour (album)
From Space Oddity
- "Space Oddity"
- "The Man Who Sold the World" DVD/CD
- "The Supermen"
From Hunky Dory
- "Changes" DVD/CD
- "Life on Mars?" DVD/CD
- "The Bewlay Brothers"
- "Queen Bitch"
- "Five Years" DVD/CD
- "Hang on to Yourself" DVD/CD
- "Ziggy Stardust" DVD/CD
- "Suffragette City"
From Aladdin Sane
- "Panic in Detroit"
- "The Jean Genie"
From Diamond Dogs
- "Diamond Dogs"
- "Rebel Rebel" DVD/CD
From Young Americans
From Station to Station
- "Station to Station"
- "Golden Years"
- "Breaking Glass" CD (Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray)
- "Sound and Vision"
- "Always Crashing in the Same Car"
- "Be My Wife" DVD/CD
- "A New Career in a New Town"
- "Heroes" DVD/CD (Bowie, Brian Eno)
- "Fantastic Voyage" DVD/CD (Bowie, Eno)
- "Ashes to Ashes" DVD/CD
From Let's Dance
- "Modern Love"
- "China Girl" CD (originally from The Idiot by Iggy Pop, written by Pop and Bowie)
- "Let's Dance"
- "Loving the Alien" DVD/CD
- "Blue Jean"
- "Hallo Spaceboy" DVD/CD (Bowie, Eno)
- "The Motel" (Bowie, Eno) DVD/CD
- "Battle for Britain (The Letter)" DVD/CD (Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Mark Plati)
- "I'm Afraid of Americans" DVD/CD (Bowie, Eno)
- "Sunday" DVD/CD
- "Cactus" DVD/CD (originally from Surfer Rosa by Pixies, written by Black Francis)
- "Slip Away" DVD/CD
- "Afraid" DVD/CD
- "I've Been Waiting for You" (originally from Neil Young by Neil Young, written by Young)
- "5:15 the Angels Have Gone" iTunes
- "Heathen (The Rays)" DVD/CD
- "New Killer Star" DVD/CD
- "Pablo Picasso"
- "Never Get Old" DVD/CD
- "The Loneliest Guy" DVD/CD
- "Looking for Water"
- "She'll Drive the Big Car"
- "Days" iTunes
- "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon" CD
- "Try Some, Buy Some"
- "Reality" DVD/CD
- "Bring Me the Disco King" DVD/CD
- "A Hard Day's Night" (from A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles, written by Lennon and McCartney)
- "All the Young Dudes" DVD/CD (from All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople, written by Bowie)
- "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" (from Electric Warrior by T.Rex, written by Marc Bolan)
- "Do You Know the Way to San José" (from Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls by Dionne Warwick, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David)
- "Here Comes the Sun" (from Abbey Road by The Beatles, written by George Harrison)
- "It Can't Happen Here" (from Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention, written by Frank Zappa)
- "Liza Jane" (the first ever Bowie's single, released under the name Davie Jones and the King Bees, written by Leslie Conn)
- "Puppet on a String" (a single by Sandie Shaw, written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter)
- "Rumble" (a single by Link Wray & His Ray Men, written by Milt Grant and Link Wray)
- "Sister Midnight" DVD/CD (from The Idiot by Iggy Pop, written by Pop, Bowie and Alomar)
- "Song 2" (from Blur by Blur, written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree)
- "Summertime" (from the opera Porgy and Bess, written by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin)
- "Under Pressure" DVD/CD (a single by Bowie and Queen from the Queen's Hot Space, written by Bowie, John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor)
- "White Light/White Heat" (from White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed)
- "Y.M.C.A." (from Cruisin' by Village People, written by Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali and Victor Willis)