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|1978.03.29 David Bowie hit San DiegoSports Arena, San Diego, CA
March 29, 1978
Warszawa (Live 1978.03.29 San Diego, CA)
Mar 29 SAN DIEGO, SPORTS ARENA.
Warszawa/Heroes/What in the World/Be My Wife/Jean Genie/Blackout/Sense of Doubt/Speed of Life/Breaking Glass/Beauty & the Beast/Fame/Band intra-Five Years/Soul Love/Star/Hang on to Yourself/Ziggy Stardust/Suffragette City/Rock & Roll Suicide/Art Decade/Station to Station/encore: Stay/TVC15/encore: Rebel Rebel
The very first concert of the '78 tour, and this was the tour repertory. So, no one in the audience knew what numbers would be played; naturally, tremendous tension was building up towards the start. There is a great deal of yelling in the audience, one can hear someone saying: "I think Eno is there, check it out. See who's playing the keyboards,! think it might be Eno". Hardly have the lights gone out when Bowie and the band come on, unchaining loud bursts of cheering which echoe through the hall. Warszawa strikes up, with Carlos Alomar standing centre forward of the stage, conducting the band with a baton. Rather a daring choice for starters, this slow, instrumental piece, and indeed, many start voicing their disapproval during the number: those of the audience who have come to hear the well-known songs, boo at it; those, however, who have listened to Warszawa, applaude vigorously. Then comes Heroes, and now everybody is happy! During Be My Wife someone belches noisily, no doubt a result of beer drinking. It is very loud on the tape, you've had your warning!
During Jean Genie the large decor composed of neon lights which Bowie had invented for this tour, is turned on for the very first time, to illuminate the entire auditorium, where the audience sit gaping in amazed admiration. This light decor of exactly 196 lamps will be used repeatedly during the rest of the concert.
After the vigorously played number, Blackout comes Sense of Doubt, which evokes the same kind of varied response as Warszawa. Then follows Speed of Life, full of pep, also (an instrumental piece: it shows that Bowie has made a good choice picking out guitarist Adrian Belew! "We'll see you in ten
minutes" Bowie says after Fame, then disappears into the dressing room.
Some ten minutes later the intermission is over and the house lights go out. A 1-2 drum beat is started and Bowie tells the audience at length how much he enjoys this premiere of his tour. "I'd also like to introduce you to the gentlemen of my great orchestra. On piano Sean Mayes. On violin Simon House. On rhythm guitar Carlos Alomar. Percussion Dennis Davis. Bass George Murray. On synthesizers and keyboards Roger Powell. And on lead guitar Adrian Belew from Kentucky". The audience cheer, and the cheering grows even louder when Bowie tells them that he is going to play some numbers from the Ziggy Stardust LP. The audience love these songs; everyone knows them of course, and many sing along with him when Bowie starts singing Five Years. The massive screaming is especially clear during Rock & Roll Suicide; many will return home with a sore throat because of it! "This is from an album called Low, this is called Art Decade" Bowie announces. Huge, coloured flood lamps light up the big hall, illuminating Bowie's cheering fans. Immediately following Art Decade, there is the thumping, quickening sound of a starting train, and the audience at once recognise Station to Station and cheer. A fine, smooth version which sets the audience in motion. After this number the concert is ostensibly over; of course Bowie has planned an extra. After a couple of minutes filled with hysterical crying for more the band quietly return to the stage, and Adrian Belew starts playing the lovely guitar intro to Stay. Also a fine version with many beautiful pieces of guitar and lovely singing - splendid! TVC15 is the second number of the first extra and Bowie and his band turn it into a joyful version, with Carlos Alomar and George Murray laughing, seemingly chatting about rock & roll. Then follows another, swinging encore of Rebel Rebel. The audience are elated and swing along with Bowie, but then the party is really over.
This was the first concert of the tour which was to take Bowie to sixteen countries, including - for the first time - Australia, and once again Bowie had managed to win the hearts of the audience with his new show.
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