It's over now...
David Bowie has just come off stage after completeing his first Australian show in many a year. David played a 25-song set at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland.
BowieNetter Charly tells me that DB was "very chatty" and we'll hopefully have more details from the show, and perhaps a few pix even, a little later on.
Meanwhile, here follows that 25-song set list courtesy of Charly with confirmation from the tour manager:
Brisbane February 17th 2004
01 Rebel Rebel
02 New Killer Star
06 All The Young Dudes
07 China Girl
08 A New Career In A New Town
09 The Loneliest Guy
10 The Man Who Sold The World
11 Hallo Spaceboy
13 Under Pressure
14 Life On Mars?
15 Looking For Water
16 Be My Wife
18 White Light, White Heat
19 Ashes To Ashes
20 I'm Afraid Of Americans
22 Always Crashing In The Same Car
23 Five Years
24 Suffragette City
25 Ziggy Stardust
UPDATE: Here's a little more Charly has now sent in via e-mail...
Dedication To A Stool! By Charly.
Bowie took the stage in Australia tonight for the first time in 17 years. One might think that the Aussies would have been happy to hear anything from him live, and judging by the reaction when he walked on stage, that was true. Starting with Rebel Rebel which received a more than enthusiastic welcome, Bowie had the whole Brisbane Entertainment Centre transfixed. The powerful New Killer Star which followed also provided emphasis on what has become a truly stunning career of rock.
Bowie, like Wellington, asked the crowd after Cactus if it was too early to ask them to sing, then flew into a blinding version of All The Young Dudes. During the end chorus he did one of his famous kicks which caused mayhem down the front! Following that was China Girl and David was so impressed with our vocal performance he said he'd let us do that on our own. So the first 2 lines of China Girl were instrumental from the stage with the crowd shouting out. David resumed front stage position saying, "that was fucking tragic" before requesting the band start again, and he sang it himself.
After New Career In A New Town he said thank you, and "thank you at the back" before suggesting he could see some one in particular reacting, "you in the pink - no not you, the girl next to you" and the initials 'TJ' on the top pocket. After an emotional version of The Loneliest Guy he nearly tripped over the mike wire as he stepped back. He then did his trick of waving his hand to increase or decrease the audience volume. It worked rather well!
Following Sunday he told Slicky that he was "rather noisy tonight" which isn't a bad thing. Then he introduced the band. He said that the drum kit Sterling was using was one his Mum bought him when he was 12 and he'd used it ever since, pretending to be surprised when Sterling denounced this. Someone shouted "HOLLYWOOD" as he was about to introduce Gail, which she acknowledged and Bowie said "What's that got to do with the price of chips?". Under Pressure followed.
Looking For Water was a welcome addition tonight, seemingly pleasing several Aussies near me. He dedicated 'Days' to his stool, saying that certain pieces of furniture had been really good to him and he'd been a real shit back. So now, for his stool..... Days!
The gig finished with White Light, Ashes then the usual couple of main set enders. Always Crashing In The Same Car was a slight surprise as the first encore but the remaining 3 were the usuals. All in all though a great gig. We spent the next few hours in the Troubadour Bar on Brunswick Street drinking, listening to and talking about Bowie. Left at 0345. Roll on Sydney.
Thanx so very much for all that Charly, look forward to more reports when A Reality Tour reaches the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st.