Following the shows in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, David Bowie was scheduled to perform at a couple of venues played on previous 1978 tour.
First up was the outdoor stadium of Lang Park in Brisbane - a venue that was met with some controversy due to the fact that in 1978, residents had complained about high
|Lang Park at two different stages - Left: Yesteryear. Right: Today as Suncorp Stadium which has a capacity of 52,000.
Before permitting the 1983 show, the City Council demanded
that the promoter Paul Dainty post a $50,000 bond as insurance against
excessive volume. Residents on Charlotte Street, Red Hill, Milton and
Castlemaine even held Bowie parties to hear - or not hear - the noise
from the show. They did not and Dainty's bond was saved. Brisbane's
Lord Mayor Alderman Roy Harvey said he was not surprised, since he was at the
show, meeting Bowie.
"I liked him. I found him to be a very down-to-earth
~ Alderman Roy Harvey, Lord Major.
concert was great. David was in good voice and Carlos Alomar had a few
problems with his guitar and had to hit it a few times and then the guitar
string broke which caused a lot of laughing amongst the band for some
~ Sharon from Brisbane
Again fans camped outside the Lang Park venue like they did in 1978.
When Bowie heard of this, he had his hotel provide steak sandwiches for
the fans on a silver serving tray. The group of campers
at one point were told to leave by the Police. When they refused, the
controversy hit the newspapers.
were TV cameras everywhere and my mother was horrified to see her teenage
daughter all over the 6 o'clock news screaming and hysterically proclaiming
her love for Bowie :-) He was and still is, simply the best."
~ Jen from Sydney
Brisbane, Bowie managed to find some time out on
the town - incognito. According to Starzone, he dined at a Mexican restaurant
and was given seats in the nearby cafeteria when the restaurant didn't
have enough room to seat his party.
Although the sound problems were resolved for this one show at Lang Park,
it ended up becoming one of the last due to
government noise restrictions. When Bowie returned to Brisbane in 1987 and 2004, he would relocate to the new Entertainment Centre built to the far north of the city in a place called Boondal.
|Thanks to David Cross for the ticket scan.