Isolar – 1976 Tour

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Isolar – 1976 Tour
Tour by David Bowie
David Bowie 1976.jpg
Bowie performing at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 26 February 1976
Associated album Station to Station
Start date 2 February 1976
End date 18 May 1976
Legs 2F
No. of shows 65 (66 scheduled)
David Bowie concert chronology

The David Bowie Isolar – 1976 Tour[1] was a concert tour in support of the album Station to Station. It opened on 2 February 1976 at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, and continued through North America and Europe, concluding at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, on 18 May 1976. The tour is commonly referred to as Thin White Duke Tour,[2] The Station to Station Tour,[3] and The White Light Tour.[4]

History[edit]

Bowie performs at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 26 February 1976.

The performances began with a projected sequence of surrealist images, depicting a razor blade cutting into an eyeball, from the 1928 film Un Chien Andalou,[5] by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. The visual element of the performances incorporated banks of fluorescent white light set against black backdrops creating a stark spectacle on a stage largely devoid of props or other visual distractions.

The Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio performance on 28 February 1976 was recorded by a concert-goer and released as the bootleg entitled "NeoExpressionism" on the TSP (The Swinging Pig) label. It would be digitally re-mastered in 2007 and the entire set released on 2 CD's. The only song not done at this performance is "Sister Midnight."

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, performance on 23 March 1976 was recorded by RCA Records with extracts broadcast by The King Biscuit Radio Network. Two songs from the performance were later included on the 1991 Rykodisc re-issue of the Station to Station album. The entire Nassau performance is available on the 2010 deluxe edition of Station to Station as well as the 2016 box set Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976). It was released separately on LP, CD and digitally in February 2017 as Live Nassau Coliseum '76.

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the performance on 7 May 1976 in London, England at Empire Pool. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America
2 February 1976 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum 17,500 / 17,500 $175,000
3 February 1976 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum 19,000 / 19,000 $190,000
4 February 1976 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum 13,000 / 13,000 $130,000
6 February 1976 Daly City Cow Palace 16,500 / 16,500 $165,000
8 February 1976 Inglewood The Forum 52,500 / 52,500 $525,000
9 February 1976
11 February 1976
13 February 1976 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 14,800 / 14,800 $148,000
15 February 1976 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,000 / 16,000 $160,000
16 February 1976 Albuquerque Albuquerque Civic Auditorium 6,000 / 6,000 $60,000
17 February 1976 Denver McNichols Sports Arena 18,000 / 18,000 $180,000
20 February 1976 Milwaukee MECCA Arena 12,700 / 12,700 $127,000
21 February 1976 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium 8,000 / 8,000 $80,000
22 February 1976 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium 12,732 / 12,732 $127,320
23 February 1976 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 17,556 / 17,556 $175,560
25 February 1976 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum 19,000 / 19,000 $190,000
26 February 1976 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens 18,000 / 18,000 $180,000
27 February 1976 Cleveland United States Public Auditorium 20,000 / 20,000 $200,000
28 February 1976
29 February 1976 Detroit Olympia Stadium 30,000 / 30,000 $300,000
1 March 1976
3 March 1976 Chicago International Amphitheatre 9,000 / 9,000 $90,000
5 March 1976 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium 9,300 / 9,300 $93,000
6 March 1976 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 10,050 / 10,050 $100,500
7 March 1976 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium 10,000 / 10,000 $100,000
8 March 1976 Atlanta Omni Coliseum 18,000 / 18,000 $180,000
9 March 1976 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum 10,276 / 10,276 $102,760
11 March 1976 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 12,800 / 12,800 $128,000
12 March 1976 Norfolk Norfolk Scope 13,568 / 13,800 $135,680
13 March 1976 Landover Capital Centre 45,070 / 45,070 $450,700
14 March 1976
15 March 1976 Philadelphia The Spectrum 38,912 / 38,912 $389,120
16 March 1976
17 March 1976 Boston Boston Garden 15,450 / 15,909 $154,500
19 March 1976 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 13,899 / 14,337 $138,990
20 March 1976 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial 15,340 / 15,340 $153,400
21 March 1976 Springfield Springfield Civic Center 8,000 / 8,000 $80,000
22 March 1976 New Haven New Haven Coliseum 11,085 / 11,171 $110,085
23 March 1976 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 14,500 / 14,500 $145,000
26 March 1976 New York City Madison Square Garden 20,000 / 20,000 $200,000
Europe
7 April 1976 Munich Germany Olympiahalle 15,500 / 15,500 $155,000
8 April 1976 Düsseldorf Philipshalle 7,500 / 7,500 $75,000
10 April 1976 Berlin Deutschlandhalle 10,000 / 10,000 $100,000
11 April 1976 Hamburg Congress Center Hamburg 12,000 / 12,000 $120,000
12 April 1976
13 April 1976 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt 13,500 / 13,500 $135,000
14 April 1976 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 2,250 / 2,250 $22,500
17 April 1976 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 11,000 / 11,000 $110,000
24 April 1976 Helsinki Finland UKK Hall 4,500 / 4,500 $45,000
26 April 1976 Stockholm Sweden Kungliga Tennishallen 10,000 / 10,000 $100,000
27 April 1976 Unknown Unknown
28 April 1976 Gothenburg Scandinavium 12,000 / 12,000 $120,000
29 April 1976 Copenhagen Denmark Falkonersalen 4,500 / 4,500 $45,000
30 April 1976
3 May 1976 London England Empire Pool 75,000 / 75,000 $750,000
4 May 1976
5 May 1976
6 May 1976
7 May 1976
8 May 1976
11 May 1976 Brussels Belgium Forest National 8,000 / 8,000 $80,000
13 May 1976 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam 31,000 / 31,600 $310,000
14 May 1976
17 May 1976 Paris France Pavillon de Paris 20,000 / 20,000 $200,000
18 May 1976
Total 823,288 / 825,103 (99%) $8,232,880

Cancellations and rescheduled shows[edit]

14 April 1976 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle Cancelled.
17 April 1976 Bern Festhalle Bea Bern Expo Rescheduled to Hallenstadion in Zurich.
27 April 1976 Oslo Ekeberghallen Cancelled.
19 May 1976 Paris Pavillon de Paris Cancelled.

Songs[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Cann, David Bowie: A Chronology, Vermilion, 1983, ISBN 0-09-153831-9
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0
  3. ^ Pimm Jal de la Parra, David Bowie: The Concert Tapes, P.J. Publishing, 1985, ISBN 90-900100-5-X
  4. ^ David Buckley, Strange Fascination: The Definitive Biography of David Bowie, Virgin Books, 1999, ISBN 1-85227-784-X
  5. ^ Christopher Sandford, Bowie: Loving the Alien, Warner Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7515-1924-3
  6. ^ Jones, Dylan (2017), David Bowie: A Life, Crown/Archetype