The Outside Tour was a tour by English rock musician David Bowie, opening on 14 September 1995 at Meadows Music Theatre – Hartford, Connecticut. Support during the US leg of the tour was provided by Nine Inch Nails, who segued their set with Bowie's to form a continuous show. Prick opened the first date of the tour. Morrissey was the support act for the European leg, but withdrew from the tour after nine dates. On selected dates Reeves Gabrels performed songs from his album, The Sacred Squall of Now in addition to performing with Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie. The opening of the concert tour preceded the release of the 1. Outside album which was released on 25 September 1995.
|Tour by David Bowie|
|Associated album||1. Outside|
|Start date||14 September 1995|
|End date||20 February 1996|
|No. of shows||68|
|David Bowie concert chronology|
This tour was Bowie's first since he retired his hits with his previous Sound+Vision Tour (1990). Bowie said, "We're going to play some older material, sure, but not obvious things. I found, while rehearsing for the [Outside] tour, that older songs I haven't played for years suddenly fit in with this new material quite well – things like ... "Joe the Lion." So I'm quite looking forward to it." Other songs from Bowie's back catalog that he performed during the tour include "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", "Look Back in Anger", "Andy Warhol" and "Breaking Glass".
Bowie spoke on why he chose to tour with Nine Inch Nails:
I personally did like the combination of NIN and me, but my fans didn't. Bad luck!! It also was an extremely young audience, between about 12 and 17 years old. My starting point was simply: I've just made an adventurous album, what can I do now to turn the concerts as adventurous. Looking at it in that way, it seemed logical to confront myself with the NIN audience. I knew it would be hard to captivate them by music they never heard, by an artist whose name was the only familiar thing.
Trent Reznor has gone on record numerous times as being heavily influenced by David Bowie, and further collaborated with Bowie by remixing "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" and later on 1997's "I'm Afraid of Americans" single. When asked in 1995 if his album Outside was influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Bowie answered, "the band that I was actually quite taken with was three guys from Switzerland call The Young Gods ... I’d been aware of them previous to knowing about Nine Inch Nails."
Set and costume designEdit
For the tour, Bowie went with a modest stage design ("some banners, some mannequins") and avoided the theatrical presentation like his previous Glass Spider Tour in 1987 and Sound+Vision Tour in 1990. The stage "resembled a building site, with paint splashed crumpled sheets draped about", and included an old fashioned table and chair in one corner, onto which Bowie would occasionally climb during shows.
Bowie opened an interview for the tour with USA Today on the opening day of the tour, on 14 September 1995 with the question "How do you commit commercial suicide? Well, you do this: play songs from an album that hasn't been released yet, and complement it with obscure songs from the past that you've never done on stage."
During the tour, as Nine Inch Nails reached the conclusion of their performance, the two bands played together with both Nine Inch Nails and Bowie and his band performing "Subterraneans", "Hallo Spaceboy" and "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)", followed by two Nine Inch Nails songs "Reptile" and "Hurt" after which Bowie continued with his own set alone.
Early in the tour, the "almost 100% Nails audience" provided a challenge to Bowie, who said "In those first weeks, we had to adjust emotionally to the fact that we were going to be challenged every night to get in sync with what people were coming to the show for. But then you start to recognize that if you're going to continue, you'd better enjoy what you're doing. The more we did that, the more it communicated to the audience. That's how it went from survival to being a good tour."
Bowie signed copies of his album at a local record store while in New York on 26 September 1995.
Morrissey was slated to be the opening act of the European tour, but he suddenly and unexpectedly quit just before the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre performance on 29 November 1995. The support slot was filled on later dates by The Gyres, Echobelly, Placebo and a variety of local bands.
The 13 December 1995 performance at the National Exhibition Centre (Hall 5) in Birmingham, England, billed as the Big Twix Mix Show with Alanis Morissette, Lightning Seeds and Echobelly as support acts, was filmed by BBC TV with excerpts broadcast at a later date.
- "Look Back in Anger"
- "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
- "The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (as Beauty)"
- "The Man Who Sold the World"
- "Hallo Spaceboy"
- "I Have Not Been to Oxford Town"
- "Strangers When We Meet"
- "Breaking Glass"
- "The Motel"
- "Jump They Say"
- "Boys Keep Swinging"
- "Teenage Wildlife"
- "Under Pressure"
- "Moonage Daydream"
- "We Prick You"
- "Hallo Spaceboy"
|14 September 1995||Hartford, Connecticut||United States||Meadows Music Theatre||30,000/30,000|
|16 September 1995||Mansfield, Massachusetts||Great Woods Arts Center||19,000/19,000|
|17 September 1995||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Hersheypark Stadium||30,000/30,000|
|20 September 1995||Toronto||Canada||SkyDome||46,000/46,000|
|22 September 1995||Camden, New Jersey||United States||Blockbuster Center||25,000/25,000|
|23 September 1995||Burgettstown, Pennsylvania||Star Lake Amphitheater||23,000/23,000|
|27 September 1995||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Meadowlands Arena||40,000/40,000|
|28 September 1995|
|30 September 1995||Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio||Blossom Music Center||23,000/23,000|
|1 October 1995||Tinley Park, Illinois||New World Music Theatre||28,000/28,739|
|3 October 1995||Auburn Hills, Michigan||The Palace of Auburn Hills||20,000/22,000|
|4 October 1995||Columbus, Ohio||Polaris Amphitheater||20,000/20,000|
|6 October 1995||Bristow, Virginia||Nissan Pavilion||25,000/25,000|
|7 October 1995||Raleigh, North Carolina||Walnut Creek Amphitheatre||20,000/20,000|
|9 October 1995||Atlanta||Lakewood Amphitheatre||18,000/18,900|
|11 October 1995||Maryland Heights, Missouri||Riverport Amphitheatre||20,000/20,000|
|13 October 1995||Dallas||Starplex Amphitheatre||20,000/20,000|
|14 October 1995||Austin, Texas||South Park Meadows||16,000/17,000|
|16 October 1995||Denver||McNichols Sports Arena||17,000/18,500|
|18 October 1995||Phoenix, Arizona||Desert Sky Pavilion||20,000/20,100|
|19 October 1995||Las Vegas||Thomas & Mack Center||14,700/15,300|
|21 October 1995||Mountain View, California||Shoreline Amphitheatre||22,500/22,500|
|24 October 1995||Tacoma, Washington||Tacoma Dome||23,000/23,000|
|25 October 1995||Portland, Oregon||The Rose Garden||19,490/21,000|
|28 October 1995||Inglewood, California||Great Western Forum||35,000/35,000|
|29 October 1995|
|31 October 1995||Hollywood, California||Hollywood Palladium||3,450/3,700|
|14 November 1995||London||England||Wembley Arena||50,000/50,000|
|15 November 1995|
|17 November 1995|
|18 November 1995|
|20 November 1995||Birmingham||National Exhibition Centre||30,000|
|21 November 1995|
|24 November 1995||Belfast||Northern Ireland||(Re-scheduled) King's Hall|
|26 November 1995||Exeter||England||Westpoint Arena||7,500/7,500|
|27 November 1995||Cardiff||Wales||Cardiff International Arena||12,500/12,500|
|29 November 1995||Aberdeen||Scotland||Exhibition Centre||8,500/8,500|
|30 November 1995||Glasgow||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre||10,000/10,000|
|3 December 1995||Sheffield||England||Sheffield Arena||26,000/26,000|
|4 December 1995||(Cancelled) Sheffield Arena|
|5 December 1995||Belfast||Northern Ireland||King's Hall||6,540/6,974|
|6 December 1995||Manchester||England||(Re-scheduled) Manchester Arena|
|7 December 1995||Newcastle upon Tyne||Newcastle Arena||11,000/11,000|
|8 December 1995||Manchester||Manchester Arena||21,000/21,000|
|13 December 1995||Birmingham||National Exhibition Centre (Hall 5)
(Big Twix Mix Show)
|17 January 1996||Helsinki||Finland||Helsinki Ice Hall||8,200/8,200|
|19 January 1996||Stockholm||Sweden||Globe Arena||16,000/16,000|
|20 January 1996||Gothenburg||Scandinavium||14,000/14,000|
|22 January 1996||Oslo||Norway||Spektrum||9,700/9,700|
|24 January 1996||Copenhagen||Denmark||Valby-Hallen||15,000/15,000|
|25 January 1996||Hamburg||Germany||Sporthalle||7,000/7,000|
|27 January 1996||Brussels||Belgium||Vorst Forest Nationaal||8,000/8,000|
|28 January 1996||Utrecht||Netherlands||Prins Van Oranjehall||6,000/6,000|
|30 January 1996||Dortmund||Germany||Westfalenhalle||16,000/16,000|
|31 January 1996||Frankfurt||Festhalle||13,500/13,500|
|1 February 1996||Berlin||Deutschlandhalle||10,000/10,000|
|3 February 1996||Prague||Czech Republic||Sportovni Hala||15,000/15,000|
|4 February 1996||Vienna||Austria||Stadthalle||16,000/16,000|
|6 February 1996||Ljubljana||Slovenia||Hala Tivoli||6,000/6,000|
|8 February 1996||Milan||Italy||Palatrussardi||8,479/8,479|
|9 February 1996||Bologna||Palasport Casalecchio||5,271/5,271|
|11 February 1996||Lyon||France||Halle Tony Garnier||17,000/17,000|
|13 February 1996||Geneva||Switzerland||SEG Geneva Arena||9,500/9,500|
|14 February 1996||Zürich||Hallenstadion||11,000/11,000|
|16 February 1996||Amnéville||France||Le Galaxie||12,000/12,000|
|17 February 1996||Lille||Zénith de Lille||6,000/7,000|
|18 February 1996||Rennes||Salle Expos-Aeroport||3,000/3,000|
|20 February 1996||Paris||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy||19,095/19,095|
|Total||1,040,925 / 1,050,958 (99%)|
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