David Bowie 2004-02-21 Sydney ,Entertainment Centre – The 2nd Night – SQ -9

David Bowie 2004-02-21 Sydney ,Entertainment Centre – The 2nd Night - SQ -9

David Bowie 2004-02-21 Sydney ,Entertainment Centre – The 2nd Night –  
Sound Quality Rating very good. Equals record or radio/TV apart from a slight noise and some dullness.

01. Introduction Music
02. Rebel Rebel
03. New Killer Star
04. Afraid
05. Fame
06. Cactus
07. Panic In Detroit
08. Pablo Picasso
09. All The Young Dudes
10. China Girl
11. A New Career In A New Town
12. The Loneliest Guy
13. The Man Who Sold The World
14. Hallo Spaceboy
15. Sunday
16. Band Introductions
17. Under Pressure
18. Life On Mars?
19. Looking For Water
20. Quicksand
21. Days
22. Let’s Dance
22. White Light, White Heat (Fades Out)

Missing : Ashes To Ashes ,I’m Afraid Of Americans ,”Heroes” ,Bring Me The Disco King ,Five Years ,Hang On To Yourself ,Ziggy Stardust

Bonus Tracks
The 7.30 Report ABC TV ,Sydney 16th February 2004
23. Bowie Interview With Kerry O’Brien

The Rove Live Show Ch 10 TV ,Melbourne 25th February 2004
24. Man Who Sold The World
25. Bowie Interview With Rove McManus
26. New Killer Star

Label : Downunder Discs
Audio Source : Audience recording
Lineage : Dat Master
Taping Gear : Unknown
Taper: By Waz From Oz
Recording Location: Unknown
Total running time : 2:15:47
Sound Quality : very good. Equals record or radio/TV apart from a slight noise and some dullness.
Attendance : 12.500
Artwork : By By Waz From Oz
Sydney Photographs : By Big Knob
Remaster : By audiowhore

Bowie 2004 Sydney 2nd Show Back Waz From Ozz“Bowie“Bowie

For the second night show our seats were situated in section C, in front of stage but to the right of it.
I found that the sound this night was somewhat bassy but it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment.
Harry The Hut, the solo beat clapper from the first show thank Christ was nowhere to be seen!
We were called crazy Sydney motherfuckers for a second night in a row, we loved it!
Tonight we got to hear seven numbers that weren’t performed the night before.
These included the excellent Pablo Picasso (the Jonathon Richmond cover from Reality), one of my favs from 1973’s Aladdin Sane LP Panic In Detroit, another old favourite that David tells us was first recorded by ABBA which was Hunky Dory’s Quicksand making it’s 2003 – 2004 Reality Tour debut plus the not often played Let’s Dance which he introduced as “This one’s got a lot to do with Sydney” which is true as a majority of the video for this song was filmed here in Sydney.
The three others were Afraid, Bring Me The Disco King & Hang On To Yourself.
Another fantastic set list of old & new numbers, over the two nights I got to hear live versions of my favourite songs from the Heathen & Reality albums as well as old favourites such as another excellent rendition of Life On Mars.
David was again in good humour, at one stage putting on a mock Aussie accent as he did the night before.
A funny incident happened when a roadie of small stature came on stage after China Girl to fix up one of David’s mic cables, inspiring David to tell us “This is Tristan. Tristan’s a hobbit. I bought him in New Zealand. I’m serious. Hey Tristan, how are you enjoying it on tour? It’s good innit? It’s better than those fucking hills, right? Thank you Tristan. He’s sorting out my cable”.
After Ashes To Ashes finishes, he mentions that a female Australian artist had covered that song, doing a very good version of it, that female being Danielle Spencer the then wife of Russell Crowe, both whom, I could see sitting in the floor section not too far away from us.
Funny enough eleven days earlier backstage at the Enmore Theatre after a Pretenders gig, I’d actually been introduced to both of them by the fabulous Chrissie Hynde.
Bowie’s 2nd Sydney gig IMHO was just as good as the previous nights, hard to pick between the two if I’m honest, both were excellent.
Unfortunately, my recording is incomplete, sometime after White Light/ White Heat I checked my DAT’s recording levels, to my dead set horror I noticed that there were none.
I knew I hadn’t accidentally turned it off nor was it a battery problem as I had inserted fresh batteries just before the show.
It wasn’t terribly old neither, no matter the number of times that I tried to start it up it wouldn’t, it was as dead as a veritable dodo.
It had died with no warning signs, this wasn’t to be the first time a DAT recorder died on me while recording a show.
Portable recording DAT’s could be temperamental dead set cunts of things at times, a few of mine had to go back to SONY to be repaired.
Also, there are two tiny glitches only lasting micro-seconds in Rebel Rebel when two late comers to our row brush pass me hitting my mic lead as they did so.
After the show we didn’t go around behind the venue to watch David depart as we had a party to get to.
We both regretted this as we later heard that we’d missed a special event, as he left the building to walk to his hire car the couple of hundred assembled fans who had been waiting for him to leave the venue serenaded David by singing Space Oddity.
Apparently he was rather touched by this fan tribute.
Part of the fans singing Space Oddity to David can be heard on the Rove Live TV Show audio that I’ve included as a bonus to make up for my second Bowie 2004 Sydney show being incomplete.
Ruby taped the audio of Bowie’s full appearance on this show straight off the telly, more about this show below.
Also, as a further bonus is the audio of Bowie’s pre tour interview on the ABC TV Show The 7.30 Report by respected Australian journalist Kerry O’Brien (who incidentally sat a couple of seats along from me at the Stones 2003 Enmore Theatre gig).
IMHO it’s a brilliant interview covering various subjects, David is extremely honest, intelligent & humorous with his answers.
He always seemed to be comfortable when doing Australian interviews.

If burning to CD-R may I suggest CD 1 Tracks 1 – 17 & CD 2 Tracks 1 – 10.

Once again thanks to audiowhore & Big Knob for the photos from this gig.



I’ve borrowed with thanks the below review of Bowie on the Rove Live TV show from the Aussie Bowie site Bowie Downunder plus I’ve added some more lines to it.

The Rove Show
Channel 10 Studios,
Nunawading, Melbourne
25th February 2004

In the weeks leading up to the Reality Tour, the newscaster from Bowienet, Total Blam Blam, asked Australian fans on the Bowienet message boards which program they would like to see David Bowie appear on.
Perhaps remembering Bowie’s humorous satellite interview from late the previous year, the majority of the fans suggested ROVE LIVE.
So, on Feb 25 – the night before the first Melbourne concert – the promise came true and Bowie appeared on ROVE LIVE.
The Bowie segment of the show began with a live rendition of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.
As the interview began, Rove initially fumbled saying that Bowie has “sold over 30 albums” (rather than “released” over 30 albums).
After Bowie sat down, Rove mentioned that it had been 1987 since Bowie had toured.
“78, 83, 87, those were the times I have been here before………I always have a good time down here but this time, for some reason, it has been even better.”

Bowie talks about selling his Sydney apartment situated in the harbour suburb Elizabeth Bay, just before the property boom, saying he sold it for a song.

Shortly after, footage from after the Sydney SEC concert was screened with hundreds of fans singing ‘Space Oddity’ as Bowie was leaving the venue.
This was amazing to watch as fans serenade Bowie not only from the ground level SEC back fence but from upper level floors of the multi floor car park that backs onto the rear of the venue, hence David referring to fans nicking cars!

Bowie laughingly says that Rove & himself are kind of look a-likes except he’s taller, Rove is a short arse, he’d probably be the height of Bowie’s crotch ha ha ha.
Regarding the song ‘Never Get Old’, Bowie said that someone his age “had to sing it” and that he was the man for the job.
“It’s not as silly when you sing it with a back beat”.

They talk about Bowie’s past vices (smoking, drinking, cocaine taking), Bowie announced he was now absolutely viceless.
“I wish I could come up with one…….I don’t even knit. Driving……I think the way I drive is probably a vice”.

About this time, Bowie reached into the large deep dish of jelly-beans on the table in front of them to pull out a pair of sunglasses.
He proceeded to play with the sunglasses in funny ways such as making them dance on his legs, putting them on then rapidly raising & lowering them by the arms as Rove tried to compose the interview.
Rove looked genuinely surprised that the glasses where hidden there, add to this the fact that as David says they fit him perfectly so we can assume that he had previously secreted his own personal “sunnies” as Aussies call sunglasses in the dish sometime earlier.

Bowie spoke about Florence Foster Jenkins for whom he explained “was a kind of socialite in the 30s in New York. She was so famous she could pay people or bribe them to come and here her sing…..and she was probably the worst singer ever in America, but she thought she could do opera.”
Bowie explained that most people have musicians like Hendrix in their collection but he has Florence Foster Jenkins.

Rove’s interview with David is very humorous, both of them frequently laughing along with the audience.

Finally, the Bowie segment closed with a live rendition of ‘New Killer Star’.


David Bowie Tour band 2003-2004 A Reality Tour

A Reality Tour was a worldwide concert tour by David Bowie in support of the Reality album. The tour commenced on 7 October 2003 at the Forum Copenhagen, Denmark, continuing through Europe, North America, Asia, including a return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the 1987 Glass Spider Tour. Bowie retired from performing live in 2006, making this tour his last.

The tour grossed US$46 million, making it the ninth-highest-grossing tour of 2004.

The Tour band
David Bowie – vocals and acoustic guitar
Earl Slick – lead guitar
Gerry Leonard – guitar, backing vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, vocals
Sterling Campbell – drums, percussion
Mike Garson – keyboards, piano
Catherine Russell – backing keyboards/backing vocals

Start date 11 June 2002
End date 23 October 2002


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