By the time
tickets went on sale for the Australian dates, Bowie's A REALITY tour
was half way through the first European dates with the USA and Canada
band consisting of Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard (guitars), Gail Ann Dorsey
(backing vocals and bass), Mike Garson (keyboards), Sterling Campbell
(drums) and Catherine Russel (backing keyboards, backing vocals) promised
a tour that was extremely music focused. The band had rehearsed approximately
50 songs and this would allow Bowie to customise each show and make it
unique from the last.
5, fans had the first opportunity to purchase tickets from the official
website, www.davidbowie.com. Four
dates were initially announced in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
In addition to this, the ticket agencies (Ticketmaster, Ticketek and Bass)
had their own internet pre-sales starting approximately one week later.
Prices ranged from $99 for Gold seating and up to $175 for Diamond.When
tickets opened to the wider public on November 13, they sold fast. A second
Sydney show was added two hours later (the first reportedly sold out in
under an hour). In the following weeks, a second Melbourne date was added
as well as dates in Wellington and in Perth.