This show was quite different from anything he had ever done before. No more spectacular drama of the kind of Ziggy or Hallo­ween Jack,but a show that was opened by a surrealistic black & white 1922 film called ‘Un Chien Andalou’ ,by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel. This surrealism had a firm hold upon his show,which it self was kept in black and white as it were,with Bowie being dressed in black trousers and shoes,white shirt and black waist­coat,and the lights being all white. No brightly coloured lighting,just white,but with different degrees of brightness. There was also a roof of neon-lights,the same that was – on a larger scale – used in the ’78 tour.

Bowie had created a totally new character,which fitted perfectly into the surrealistic atmosphere of this show: a frosty,unlaughing figure who never showed any emotion. He called him The Thin White Duke. It wasn’t always easy to play this part from beginning to end,and so,during many a concert Bowie stepped out of his role to greet the enthusiastic audience.

Besides the musicians listed below,Bowie had originally planned to take Ava Cherry and Claudia Lennear as backup singers,but later on he thought better of it ,deciding thut two joyfully dancing singers would be out of tune with his cold ,surrealistic show. As usual,the audience were quite stunned by his show and on the whole it was well received whereever it came. Bowie dubbed his band ‘Raw Moun’.



After 39 concerts in North America,Bowie set out on his very first tour of Europe in April. Most of the time he played in small houses for no more than 3,000 people and often when he did play in larger places these were not sold out. During the majority of the 25 concerts Bowie was as drunk as a judge and reeling off a lot of nonsense,but nonetheless he always got a good reception,and his popularity was much enchanced by the shows.

Tour by David Bowie
Start date 2 February 1976
End date 18 May 1976
Legs 2
Shows 64

Tour band

In March 1976, the band became known as Raw Moon.

David Bowie – vocals, saxophone
Stacey Heydon – lead guitar
Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar
George Murray – bass guitar
Dennis Davis – drums
Tony Kaye – keyboards, synthesizers


North American Leg of the Tour

2nd   Vancouver, Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum – Canada Canada
3rd   Seattle, Seattle Centre Coliseum – USA USA
4th   Portland, Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
6th   Daly City, Cow Palace – USA USA
8th   Los Angeles, The Forum – USA USA
9th   Los Angeles, The Forum – USA USA
11th Los Angeles, The Forum – USA USA
13th San Diego, San Diego Sports Arena – USA USA
15th Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
16th Alberqurqe, Alberqurqe Civic Auditorium – USA USA
17th Denver, McNichols Sports Arena – USA USA
20th Milwaukee, Milwaukee Arena – USA USA
21st Kalamazoo, Wings Arena – USA USA
22nd Evansville, Roberts Municipal Stadium – USA USA
23rd Cincinnati, Riverfront Coliseum – USA USA
25th Montreal, Montreal Forum – Canada Canada
26th Toronto, Maple Leaf Gardens – Canada Canada
27th Cleveland, Public Auditorium – USA USA
28th Cleveland, Public Auditorium – USA USA
29th Detroit, Cobo Arena – USA USA

1st   Detroit, Cobo Arena – USA USA
3rd   Chicago, International Amphitheatre – USA USA
5th   St Louis, Henry W Kiel Opera Auditorium – USA USA
6th   Memphis, Mid-South Coliseum – USA USA
7th   Nashville, Municipal Auditorium – USA USA
8th   Atlanta, Omni Coliseum – USA USA
9th   Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
11th Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Civic Arena – USA USA
12th Norfolk, Scope Cultural and Convention Centre – USA USA
13th Landover, Capital Centre – USA USA
14th Landovern, Capital Centre – USA USA
15th Philadelphia, Spectrum Arena – USA USA
16th Philadelphia, Spectrum Arena – USA USA
17th Boston, New Boston Garden Arena – USA USA
19th Buffalo, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium – USA USA
20th Rochester, Rochester Community War Memorial – USA USA
21st Springfield, Springfield Civic Centre – USA USA
22nd New Haven, New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum – USA USA
23rd Uniondale, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum *FM broadcast – USA USA
26th New York, Madison Square Garden – USA USA

European Leg of the Tour

7th   Munich, Olympiahalle – Germany Germany
8th   Duesseldorf, Philipshalle – Germany Germany
10th Berlin, Deutschlandhalle – Germany Germany
11th Hamburg, Kongress Zentrum Halle – Germany Germany
12th Hamburg, Kongress Zentrum Halle – Germany Germany
13th Frankfurt, Festhalle – Germany Germany
14th Ludwigshafen, Friedrich-Eberthalle – Switzerland Switzerland
16th Frankfurt, Night Club – Germany Germany
17th Berne, Festhalle (Cancelled due to re-scheduled) – Switzerland Switzerland
17th Zurich, Hallenstadion – Switzerland Switzerland
24th Helsinki, Nya Masshallen – Finland Finland
26th Stockholm, Kungliga Tennishallen – Sweden Sweden
27th Oslo, Ekebergshallen (Cancelled due to re-scheduled) – Norway Norway
27th Stockholm, Kungliga Tennishallen – Sweden Sweden
28th Gothenburg, Scandinavium – Sweden Sweden
29th Copenhagen, Falkoner Teatret – Denmark Denmark
30th Copenhagen, Falkoner Teatret – Denmark Denmark

3th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
4th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
5th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
6th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
7th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
8th   London, Wembley Empire Pool – UK UK
11th Brussels, Vorst Forest Nationaal – Belgium Belgium
13th Rotterdam, Sportpaleis Ahoy – Holland Holland
14th Rotterdam, Sportpaleis Ahoy – Holland Holland
17th Paris, Pavillon de Paris – France France
18th Paris, Pavillon de Paris – France France
19th Paris, Pavillon de Paris (Cancelled) – France France

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