Bowie arrived in Australia with no exact date
given to the press.
Avoiding large press conferences, he attended small meetings over the course of two days that were organised via the tour promoter.
On the flight to Australia, Bowie recalled the captain announcing he was closing down one of the engines because it was spilling oil:
"Awfully decent of him to tell us," he told a small gathering of the Australian press.
Describing how he felt about the Australian tour, he said:
"I'm looking forward
to it. It's a long way to go and there have been times in the past when
I considered it. But now we're about to start, I'm very happy".
Australian airport, 1978. With Tony Mascia (bodyguard) and Stu George.
Photo sent in by Eamonn.