Isolar II – The 1978 World, more commonly known as The Low / Heroes World Tour or The Stage Tour ,was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie. The tour opened on 29 March 1978 at the San Diego Sports Arena continuing through North America, Europe and Australia before reaching a conclusion at the Nippon Budokan in Japan on 12 December 1978.
THE 1978 WORLD TOUR
It’s two years since he made his last tour; Japan is included after a lapse of five years,and Australia and New Zealand for the first time. He drew gigantic numbers of attendances there. Its 77 concerts reached nearly a million people.
Bowie was through with creating and playing characters; he was anxious to find out what it would be like to present his own self on stage. He found he quite liked it: he was often quite gay and, particularly in the smaller houses,he rejoiced in this contact with the audience. Still,there were enough moments of boredom, which of course is inevitable when one is taking a show around the world.
A short interval divided the show into two parts,the repertory of the first part mainly consisting of the recent material of Low and Heroes,that of the second part being made up of numbers fromStation to Station and,to everyone’s surprise,Ziggy Stardust. The greatest part of the audience had never had an opportunity of seeing and hearing Ziggy live,so the broad selection of numbers from the Ziggy LP was received with loud cheers in every city.
Bowie had lined the stage with a large cage of neon lights,four vast walls of 292 tubes in all. When lit these produced a magni ficent effect which was a surprise to everyone; coloured lamps were also used. Altogether it was a happy, warm-hearted show.
Tour by David Bowie
Associated album Low & “Heroes” Start date 29 March 1978 End date 12-dec-78 Legs 4 Shows 77
David Bowie – vocals, chamberlain Adrian Belew – lead guitar, backing vocals Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar, backing vocals George Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals Dennis Davis – drums, percussion Roger Powell – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals (except 11–14 November 1978) Dennis Garcia – keyboards, synthesizer (11–14 November 1978 only) Sean Mayes – piano, string ensemble, backing vocals Simon House – electric violin
Date City Country Venue
North America 29 March 1978 San Diego, California United States San Diego Sports Arena 30 March 1978 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum 2 april 1978 Fresno, California Fresno Convention Center 3 april 1978 Los Angeles, California The Forum 4 april 1978 Los Angeles, California The Forum 5 aprril 1978 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum 6 april 1978 Los Angeles, California The Forum 9 april 1978 Houston, Texas The Summit 10 april 1978 Dallas, Texas Dallas Convention Center 11 apil 1978 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Louisiana State University Assembly Center 13 april 1978 Nashville, Tennessee Municipal Auditorium 14 april 1978 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum 15 april 1978 Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Auditorium 17 april 1978 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theatre 18 april 1978 Chicago, Illinois Arie Crown Theatre 20 april 1978 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena 21 april 1978 Detroit, Michigan Cobo Arena 22 april 1978 Cleveland, Ohio Richfield Coliseum 24 april 1978 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mecca Arena 26 april 1978 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena 27 april 1978 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre 28 april 1978 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum Arena 29 april 1978 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum Arena 1 May 1978 Toronto, Ontario Canada Maple Leaf Gardens 2 May 1978 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Civic Centre 3 May 1978 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum 5 May 1978 Providence, Rhode Island United States Civic Center 6 May 1978 Boston, Massachusetts New Boston Garden Arena 8 May 1978 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 9 May 1978 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
Europe 14 May 1978 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle 15 May 1978 Hamburg Congress-Centrum 16 May 1978 Düsseldorf (Cancelled) Philipshalle Berlin Deutschlandhalle 18 May 1978 Essen Grugahalle 19 May 1978 Cologne Kölner Sporthalle 20 May 1978 Munich Olympiahalle 22 May 1978 Vienna Austria Stadthalle 24 May 1978 Paris France Pavillon de Paris 25 May 1978 26 May 1978 Lyon Palais des Sports de Gerland 27 May 1978 Marseilles (Cancelled) Parc Chaneau Palais des Sports 31 May 1978 Copenhagen Denmark Folketeatret 1 June 1978 Copenhagen Denmark Folketeatret 2 June 1978 Stockholm Sweden (Cancelled) Skansen Kungliga Tennishallen 4 June 1978 Gothenburg Scandinavium 5 June 1978 Oslo Norway Ekersberghallen 7 June 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis Ahoy 8 June 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis Ahoy 9 June 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis Ahoy 11 June 1978 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal 12 June 1978 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal 14 June 1978 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall 15 June 1978 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall 16 June 1978 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall 19 June 1978 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo 20 June 1978 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo 21 June 1978 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo 22 June 1978 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo 24 June 1978 Stafford England New Bingley Hall County Showground 25 June 1978 Stafford England New Bingley Hall County Showground 26 June 1978 Stafford England New Bingley Hall County Showground 29 June 1978 London Earl’s Court 30 June 1978 London Earl’s Court 1 July 1978 London Earl’s Court
Oceania 11 november 1978 Adelaide Australia Adelaide Oval 14 november 1978 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre 15 november 1978 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre 18 november 1978 Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground 21 november 1978 Brisbane Lang Park 24 november 1978 Sydney RAS Showgrounds 25 november 1978 Sydney RAS Showgrounds 29 november 1978 Christchurch New Zealand Queen Elizabeth II Park 2-december 1978 Auckland Western Springs Stadium
Asia 6 december 1978 Osaka Japan Koseinenkin Kaikan 7 december 1978 Osaka Japan Koseinenkin Kaikan 9 december 1978 Banpaku Kaikan 11 december 1978 Tokyo Budokan Arena 12 december 1978 NHK Hall