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DAVID BOWIE 1989 TIN MACHINE 1 TOUR

David Bowie 1989 Tin Machine 1 Tour

The Tin Machine Tour of David Bowie’s band Tin Machine commenced on 14 June 1989, following a performance of “Heaven’s in Here” at the International Music Awards in New York City on 31 May 1989. The tour comprised 12 performances in six countries (USA, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, France, United Kingdom) in venues with a capacity of 2,000 or less. Joined onstage by Kevin Armstrong, Tin Machine performed the entirety of their Tin Machine album with the exception of “Video Crime,” augmented with cover version of songs from Bob Dylan and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.

Tour performance details

The band played in “fashionable black suits” in front of stark lighting in what was described as a departure from Bowie’s previous tour. The 17 June show was added at the last minute when Bowie saw the long lines for tickets to 16 June’s performance; the show was at midnight (technically the night of 16 June) and tickets were sold at half-price. For 24 June’s performance in Amsterdam, video screens were erected outside the venue for those unable to obtain tickets. The video for Maggie’s Farm was recorded at the same venue. The 25 June performance at La Cigale, Paris was recorded with excerpts broadcast on Westwood One FM Radio. Four songs from the same performance were released as b-sides to the 1989 singles; “Tin Machine” and “Prisoner of Love.”

Tour reviews

The Los Angeles Times had a positive review of Tin Machine’s first show of the tour in New York City, saying “the band was full of life, raucous and brash, good-natured and smart. Rolling Stone magazine described fans who had gone to see “the Thin White Duke crooning ‘Young Americans'” as receiving a rude awakening as Bowie offered “no oldies, no encores and no apologies.” Reactions to the US shows were mixed as fans and critics felt that the proximity to Bowie was often more exciting than the music the band was playing. Ultimately, Rolling Stone magazine stated that it was Bowie’s presence that “elevated the songs from the level of average grunge to that of theatrical avant-garage rock.”They later said it helped Bowie regain some of the credibility he’d lost during from his previous album and tour.

Tour band

David Bowie – vocals, guitar

Reeves Gabrels – guitar

Tony Sales – bass guitar, vocals

Hunt Sales – drums, vocals

Kevin Armstrong – rhythm guitar (Blah Blah Blah, Tin Machine, Tin Machine II)

Tour dates

1989-06-14 The World – New York City, United States

SET LIST: Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Amazing, Working Class Hero, Tin Machine, Sorry, Prisoner of Love, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, I Can’t Read, You’ve Been Around, Baby Can Dance, Run, Crack City, Pretty Thing, Under The God

1989-06-16 The Roxy – Los Angeles, California, United States

SET LIST: Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Amazing, Working Class Hero, Tin Machine, Prisoner of Love, Sorry, Bus Stop, Bus Stop (country version), Run, I Can’t Read, Baby Can Dance, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-06-17 The Roxy – Los Angeles, California, United States

SET LIST: Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Working Class Hero, Sorry, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, I Can’t Read, Run, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Baby Can Dance, Under The God

1989-06-21 Saga Rockteatre – Copenhagen, Denmark

SET LIST: Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Amazing, Working Class Hero, Tin Machine, Prisoner of Love, Sorry, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Run, I Can’t Read, Baby Can Dance, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-06-22 The Docks – Hamburg, Germany

SET LIST: Amazing, Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Working Class Hero, Tin Machine, Sorry, Bus Stop, Bus Stop (country version), Run, Maggie’s Farm, Baby Can Dance, I Can’t Read, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-06-24 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands

SET LIST: Amazing, Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Working Class Hero, Prisoner of Love, Tin Machine, Sorry, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Run, Maggie’s Farm, I Can’t Read, Baby Can Dance, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-06-25 La Cigale – Paris, France

SET LIST: Amazing, Heaven’s in Here, Sacrifice Yourself, Working Class Hero, Prisoner of Love, Tin Machine, Sorry, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Run, Maggie’s Farm, I Can’t Read, Baby Can Dance, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

Opening Band : La Place (France)

Local Promoter : Alain Lahana

1989-06-27 The Town & Country Club – London, England

SET LIST: Amazing, Heaven’s in Here, Sacrifice Yourself, Working Class Hero, Prisoner of Love, Sorry, Bus Stop, Run, Maggie’s Farm, I Can’t Read, Baby Can Dance, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

Opening Band : Jesus Jones (UK)

1989-06-29 National Ballroom – Kilburn, London, England

SET LIST: Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Amazing, Working Class Hero, Sacrifice Yourself, Heaven’s in Here, Prisoner of Love, Sorry, Now, Run, Baby Can Dance, Tin Machine, Maggie’s Farm, I Can’t Read, Shakin’ All Over, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-07-01 Newport Leisure Centre – Newport, Wales

SET LIST: Amazing, Heaven’s in Here, Sacrifice Yourself, Working Class Hero, Prisoner of Love, Sorry, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Shakin’ All Over, Run, Baby Can Dance, I Can’t Read, Maggie’s Farm, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

1989-07-02 St. George’s Hall – Bradford, England

SET LIST: Now, Amazing, Heaven’s in Here, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Working Class Hero, Prisoner of Love, Sacrifice Yourself, Sorry, Run, I Can’t Read, Maggie’s Farm, Tin Machine, Baby Can Dance, Shakin’ All Over, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

03/07/1989 The Forum – Livingston, Scotland

SET LIST: Amazing, Heaven’s in Here, Working Class Hero, Shakin’ All Over, Sorry, Sacrifice Yourself, Bus Stop (country version), Bus Stop, Run, I Can’t Read, Maggie’s Farm, Baby Can Dance, Tin Machine, Pretty Thing, Crack City, Under The God

The songs

From Tin Machine

“Heaven’s in Here”

“Tin Machine” (Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Hunt Sales, Tony Sales)

“Prisoner of Love” (Bowie, Gabrels, H. Sales, T. Sales)

“Crack City”

“I Can’t Read” (Bowie, Gabrels)

“Under the God”

“Amazing” (Bowie, Gabrels)

“Working Class Hero” (originally from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon, written by Lennon)

“Bus Stop” (Bowie, Gabrels)

“Pretty Thing”

“Run” (Bowie, Kevin Armstrong)

“Sacrifice Yourself” (Bowie, H. Sales, T. Sales)

“Baby Can Dance”

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