David Bowie 1997-08-08 Dublin ,Olympia Theatre (off Master ,100PCB) – SQ 8+
02 The Man Who Sold the World.flac
03 Queen Bitch.flac
04 Waiting For The Man.flac
05 Jean Genie.flac
06 Band Introductions.flac
07 I’m Afraid Of Americans.flac
08 Battle For Britain.flac
10 Seven Years In Tibet.flac
14 Looking For Satellites.flac
15 Under Pressure.flac
16 The Heart’s Filthy Lesson.flac
17 Hallo Spaceboy.flac
18 Scary Monsters.flac
19 Little Wonder.flac
20 Encore Call.flac
21 The Last Thing You Should Do.flac
22 Dead Man Walking.flac
23 Telling Lies.flac
24 White Light White Heat.flac
25 O Superman.flac
27 Look Back In Anger.flac
28 All The Young Dudes.flac
Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Total running time:2:18:18
Note: Good quality audience recording – I’d give it SQ 8+
8 and 9 August 1997 at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Review: Kevin Courtney
Like Major Tom in the song, David Bowie has been lost in his own space for the past few years, but with his new album, Earthling, the Thin White Duke is trying to make his way back to solid ground, using drum ‘n’ bass as his landing vehicle. He’s got a lot to prove, and at the Olympia last night he made a very compulsive case for the rehabilitation of Ziggy Stardust.
Bowie chose his own song, Changes, as the intro music, and he reacquainted the audience with the old Bowie by taking out an acoustic guitar and doing a straight-strumming version of Quicksand.
Bowie wore sandals and white shirt, looking as he did on the Let’s Dance video, but sounding much less anodyne. The stage was backed by a cloth screen on which video images were projected in triplicate – a kind of miniature, avant-garde version of the PopMart screen.
“Have you got a few minutes?” asked Bowie with a mischievous grin, watched by his wife, Iman, who was sitting in one of the boxes. “I’d like to spend some time with you.” A drum ‘n’ bass version of The Man Who Sold The World signalled the start of a 2½ hour set, and Queen Bitch reassured everybody that Bowie wasn’t going to ignore his back catalogue.
The Jean Genie started out as a slow blues refrain, while I ‘m Waiting For My Man was a Velvet Underground goldmine. Having sweetened the audience with a little gold-dust, Bowie and band launched into two of Earthling’s better tunes, I’m Afraid Of Americans and Battle For Britain (The Letter), and the big surprise was how good these new songs sounded live.
Fans of the old stuff might have left by [THE ENCORE], but the rest of us were rewarded with an incendiary encore, topped off by a drum ‘n’ bass take on Laurie Anderson’s O Superman, with vocals by Dorsey.
Bowie whipped out the sax for an equally radical V-2 Schneider, and then alleviated the shock of the new with a raucous finale of All The Young Dudes. Bowie at 50 – still carrying the news.