David Bowie Isolar II – The 1978 World

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.






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 from Station 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

Tour band

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

Tour dates

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

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[citation needed]
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

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

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


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