David Bowie 1978-11-11 Adelaide ,Oval Cricket Ground – Praying To The Light Machine – (TS master) – SQ 7,5

David Bowie 1978-11-11 Adelaide ,Oval Cricket Ground - Praying To The Light Machine - (TS master) - SQ 7,5

David Bowie 1978-11-11 Adelaide ,Oval Cricket Ground – Praying To The Light Machine – (TS master).
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01. WARSZAWA.flac
02. “HEROES”.flac
04. BE MY WIFE.flac
06. BLACKOUT.flac
09. FAME.flac
11. FIVE YEARS.flac
12. SOUL LOVE.flac
13. STAR.flac
17. ART DECADE.flac

Label : No label
Audio Source : audience
Lineage : Aud Tape
Total running time : 1:16:13
Sound Quality : Much noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Attendance : 20.000
Artwork : None

Well folks, that’s all there is. This is my own recording of Adelaide 1978, and the battery (unfortunately) died just after Station To Station began. I actually realised this while it was recording. I remember looking down at the tape going round, and noticed it had slowed markedly.

My thoughts raced… Maybe the concert would end soon, so my recording would be complete… no, I don’t want that, anything from this point on is just a bonus… maybe somebody else also recorded this concert, and we’ll get a complete version later… in little old Adelaide, I doubt that… Darn… I shouldn’t have recorded the Angels… “Well, at least from this point on, I can just concentrate on the concert, and forget the recording”.

So from this point on, in a way, I was just left… “Praying To The Light Machine”. ;D

As it turned out, the “Sense Of Adelaide” recording is complete, as well as being better quality, and hence would be my choice to listen to. The bootleg version, “Speed Of Life” is probably also a better quality recording, however it only has the second half of the concert.

This transfer was done several years ago, and the one thing I regret is the cleaning of the sound. As the original source, it did not really require cleaning, and really, the quality would not have suffered from the playback hiss (if any) from the original tape. I still have the original tape, so I will be able to do another transfer at some later date, but I don’t have a working tape deck at present, and I’m not sure a fresh transfer would retain the original quality anyway.

In any case, I’ve had several requests for this concert, and having rummaged through the drawers for the TSLC Logo, I have found it, so here it is.

Tour band 1978 – The Low and Heroes World Tour :
David Bowie – vocals, chamberlain
Adrian Belew – lead guitar, backing vocals
Carlos Alomar – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (music director)
George Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dennis Davis – drums, percussion
Roger Powell – keyboards, synthesizer ,Moog Taurus bass pedals ,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
Simon House – electric violin.


November 11, 1978 and David Bowie played not only his first show in Southern Hemisphere but also his first large scale solo outdoor gig.

The venue was the picturesque Adelaide Oval.

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In his diary of the 1978 tour, keyboardist Sean Mayes suggested that the Oval provided a great relief after many concrete stadiums and catacomb dressing rooms on their more hectic US and European tours.

He also reflected on Adelaide as a city, “Adelaide was a strange city to my English eyes. The streets were wide like an American town but the buildings were like a European town.”

Being the first concert on the new part of the tour, there was the question of what might be played. Despite having tour reports of overseas concerts, it was not certain whether Bowie would maintain something similar…

Bowie fan Colin M who was there recalls, “As the light began to fade support band, The Angels, who were playing to a home crowd, entertained, and were warmly welcomed.

“It seemed an age between The Angels finishing and a group of musicians walking quietly on to stage and the opening bars of “Warsawa” sounding.

“At least in youth, there’s a strong impact of seeing someone who has been admired in the flesh for the first time. They seem larger than life, almost magical.

“For me, that Adelaide concert on Saturday November 11 was magical. A short visit to Adelaide airport the next day secured autographs of the some of the band.”

As it turned out, the repertoire in Adelaide remained almost identical to the previous leg of the tour – focusing on material from Low and Heroes, although Speed of Life had now been dropped. The set was effectively divided in two with Bowie announcing:

“We’re just going off for 10 minutes…and when we come back…we won’t be wearing any slippers”.

Mayes also recalled that the crowd was particularly vocal in the second half:

“People were throwing streamers on-stage, also a sparkler, a camera sling… and a blue puppet wearing a DEVO badge.

Towards the end, backing singer Carlos was losing his voice and David forgot some of the words in Station to Station. But we stormed through the encores.”

After the gig, the band went to what was described as “a posh but boring nightclub”.

Bowie’s reputation for being a decent, approachable bloke was affirmed by local music scene icon “Poster” George Jankovic.

He recalls meeting Bowie while working at the concert, “I was wiring under the stage. Bowie came down to introduce himself to me and we had a chat. He went out of his way to talk to a lot of people behind the scenes.”

The gig was also the first that Jankovic postered around Adelaide, a career he has done so successfully for the past 38 years it has earnt him his nickname!


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Set List:
1. Warszawa
2. “Heroes”
3. What In The World
4. Be My Wife
5. The Jean Genie
6. Blackout
7. Sense Of Doubt
8. Breaking Glass
9. Fame
10. Beauty And The Beast
11. Five Years
12. Soul Love
13. Star
14. Hang On To Yourself
15. Ziggy Stardust
16. Suffragette City
17. Art Decade
18. Alabama Song
19. Station To Station
20. Stay
21. Rebel Rebel

Posted on January 01, 0001 by Rodney Magazinovic

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