1983 Serious Moonlight Tour (AUS/NZ)

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Perth: November 4,5,6

The Australian leg of Serious Moonlight kicked off with 3 shows at the Perth Entertainment Centre.

As per 1978, the PEC would again hold the only indoor shows of the Australasian tour.

Until it's closure in 2002 and demolition in 2011, Perth Entertainment Centre was aWestern Australia's largest indoor venue.

Ticket scan from Stevee.


The tour itself was met with high anticipation - not only was Bowie now sailing on the biggest wave of his career but he had just returned from his longest break in touring.

Like the first part of the tour, Bowie opened his shows with 'Look Back in Anger' and it's insistent chorus line:

"Waiting so long, I've been waiting, waiting so".

Completing 20 plus songs each night and spanning his entire career from 'Space Oddity' onwards, the Perth shows received ecstatic reviews.

owie fanzine Starzone mentions that Perth tickets initially sold for $19 each although some fans were willing to pay up to $100 as indicated by advertisements in the press.

According to reports, fans began camping out for tickets 2 weeks before the sale.
According to Starzone, Perth went without a hitch. The only worry was when Bowie disappeared on a free day without saying where he was going. After visiting Perth Zoo, Bowie drove into the outback in a hired car.

Perth Set list
4 Nov, 1983

1. Look Back In Anger
2. "Heroes"
3. What In The World
4. Golden Years
5. Fashion
Let's Dance
7. Breaking Glass
8. Life On Mars?
9. Sorrow
10. Cat People
11. China Girl
12. Scary Monsters
13. Rebel Rebel
14. White Light, White Heat
15. Station To Station
16. Cracked Actor
17. Ashes To Ashes
18. Space Oddity / Band Intro
19. Young Americans
20. Fame
21. Star
22. Stay
23. The Jean Genie
24 Modern Love


Perth - Nov 4 (Photos by Stevee)


Press Articles

The following Perth 1983 articles were scanned in and provided by Stevee. Many thanks!


The Fall of the PEC


In 2002, the Entertainment Centre was closed - Perth's primary large venue from the time it was built.

For several years, the city was lacking large venues and this no dounbt effected Bowie's position when he returned to Perth in 2004. (On that occasion, they created make shift stands and hosted Bowie in the Supreme Court Gardens).


Above: Some of the very last pictures taken at the venue. More here at the blog, 6000 Times

The Rise of the Perth Arena


Finally in 2011, the Perth Entertainment Centre was demolished and in its place - on the same site - appeared Perth Arena with a capacity of over 15,000 - nearly double that of the earlier facility.




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