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1987 Glass Spider Tour (AUS/NZ)

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Melbourne (November 18, 20, 21 & 23)


In Melbourne, Kooyong Stadium - was host to four David Bowie concerts.

Built in 1927 and located in suburban Hawthorn, the 8,500 capacity arena was the current home of Australian Open Tennis.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Kooyong had also
been host to several rock concerts over the years including Led Zeppelin (1 concert in 1972), The Rolling Stones (3 concerts in 1973), Black Sabbath (1 concert in 1973) and Bob Dylan (3 concerts in 1986) among others.


stones ledzep
Above : The Rolling Stones at Kooyong.
More photos at dw*c's photostream.

Above : Led Zeppelin at Kooyong.



Above: Ticket stub provided by Cass Moore.




The first night of Bowie concerts
was reportedly a blistering performance.

Unfortunately, nearby residents complained about noise, and as a result, sound levels were adjusted for the following nights. When Bowie announced this to the crowd on the second night, there was a long "booooo" in rightful protest to the residents!





Above: David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987.
Photos by Teresa Talent.
Above and Below: David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987.
Photos by Teresa Talent.





Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



On the Wednesday, Bowie played "Time" in his gold suit while on the Saturday show, he substituted this for "I Wanna Be Your Dog".







Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : Peter Frampton on David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.


Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie and Peter Frampton. Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



Above : David Bowie walks from his Mercedes - Glass Spider Tour in Melbourne, 1987. Photo by Cass.



The final Melbourne show on November 23 was a unique one. Due to high winds and heavy rain, much of the usual Spider set and production was abandoned.

Bowie performed only with his band and not with the accompaning dancers that normally appeared on the tour.

The performance has gained a subsequent life via the bootleg recording He Never Let Us Down.


Melbourne Setlist 23 Nov, 1983

1. Day In Day Out
2. Bang Bang
3. Absolute Beginners
4. China Girl
5. Rebel Rebel
6. Loving The Alien
7. Scary Monsters
8. "Heroes"
9. Sons Of The Silent Age
10. Young Americans
11. The Jean Genie
12. I Wanna Be Your Dog
13. White Light White Heat
14. Let's Dance
15. Fame

Encore
16. Blue Jean
17. Modern Love




Above : Cover of the bootleg "He Never Let Us Down" (Click for high res version).


Soccer in Hawthorn

 

In an off-concert moment - and keeping in mind that he was around the Hawthorn area for nearly a week - Bowie was seen playing football - more than likely soccer - in a local park.

The following pictures were taken by Liz (a friend of Louise Callan from Bowie Downunder).

Louise explains that her friend happened to be opposite the venue one afternoon and "there he was ... having a game - with his gang - across from Kooyong Courts".

 

Above : Photo by Liz - friend of Louise Callan. Bowie (left) playing football in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victioria.

 

Above : Photo by Liz - friend of Louise Callan. Bowie (left) playing football in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victioria.

 

We suspect these were taken at HA Smith Reserve - the home ground of the Old Scotch College Soccer Club which was established in 1981.

Here is a capture of the 1987 Melways for a bit of context to the local area. Kooyong Stadium is the yellow and black circle to the west side of Glenferrie Road.....

 

 

Elsewhere on the web, I found the following pic. I think we can safely assume this is from the same place and time ....

 

 

Of course Bowie's love of team sport is something not exactly known - and perhaps this was quite a "one off". He was of course passionate about boxing and skiing but soccer?

Well, about 15 years ago on a Bromley, London website, one of David Bowie's old classmates so casually posted the following....

 

 

Yep that is Bowie second row far left!

 

An End to Kooyong


The David Bowie concerts at Kooyong might be the last world class events held at what was then a world famous venue.

In early 1988, the Australian Open was moved to Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park while the residents also got their way of having rock concerts stopped at the venue. Today, the stadium still breathes life via the Kooyong Classic (an exhibition event).

Above and Below: Kooyong Stadium, 2012. Photo by Adam.




Above and Below: Kooyong Stadium, 2012. Photo by Adam.












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