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Reality tour - who has seen it live?

October 8 2011 at 9:53 PM

popp  (Login idnks)
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I did, 3 times ( Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerpen, Belgium) and now i'm so happy i did, i never went more then one time when bowie toured in the netherlands but in 2003/04 i had the feeling this would be the last time.
I really loved the tour, bowie was so relaxed, his vocals were amazing and he had such a great time himself.
Who saw him during Reality and where did you go?

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Claude
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Re: Reality tour - who has seen it live?

October 8 2011, 9:57 PM 

Only once in Milan, a great show! wink.gif

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Re: Reality tour - who has seen it live?

October 9 2011, 12:13 AM 

new york Madison Square Gardens ... Atlanta Chastain Park. they were great shows .. NYC had a better atmosphere.

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October 9 2011, 12:26 AM 

Manchester at the MEN and London at Wembley, glad i did that as it looks like his last tour unfortunately

 
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gabe
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October 9 2011, 12:35 AM 

I did 5 times. It was not David's best tour, He should have stayed with the smaller scale shows.

 
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October 9 2011, 1:16 AM 

M.E.N Arena, Manchester and Hard Rock, Las Vegas (twice)

 
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October 9 2011, 1:42 AM 

3 times:

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October 9 2011, 1:53 AM 

Chastain was not very big ... could not fit the whole show in ... but i liked it better in the big venue ... it was the strongest he had been since the Earthling shows and good to see him have the power to fill the big arenas again ... i thought the Hours/Heathen shows a little weak musically although it must have been nice to have been in the intimate venues.

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gabe
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October 9 2011, 2:50 AM 

The arena shows i saw were far from a sell out. Theater shows were much more enjoyable. Even David seemed to be more relaxed in a smaller setting.

 
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diglazdig
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October 9 2011, 4:03 AM 

i saw reality at madison square garden....had a great time...went buy myself and thought it was so good....macy gray was the warmup....she was good too...


 
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October 9 2011, 4:15 AM 

Nibbles ....do you have any of those bootlegs ?

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Biff and Bear / Downunder Discs

October 9 2011, 10:27 AM 

The Australian concerts are in wide circulation thanks to our Antipodean cousins. All but Perth (??) on the Biff and Bear / Downunder Disc label - Perth is mp3 only (??)

February 17 - Brisbane - Sputnick Goes All Brisvegas (mine is mp3 copy)
February 20 - Sydney - No Laughing Gnome Stu
February 21 - Sydney - Simon Says Quicksand
February 23 - Adelaide - A Right Simone and Charley Outfit
February 26 - Melbourne - A Very Vicious Birthday
February 27 - Melbourne - Adams Own Twilight Zone
March 1 - Perth - All Along The Bell Tower

All were available at Mindwarp Pavillion at one time or another and may still be active ... drop me a line if you cant find 'em and I'll knock you out some copies.

 
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Mick
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October 9 2011, 11:26 AM 

I saw him at Manchester, Birmingham, London and Glasgow. All pretty good.....Glasgow stole it for me

 
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twice . . .

October 9 2011, 11:37 AM 

I saw him in Dublin (3 hours long - amazing) and Glasgow. Dublin was the better for me . . .

 
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Mick
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October 9 2011, 11:39 AM 

Wished I had been to Dublin. You can tell from the DVD it was a great show....

 
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October 9 2011, 11:38 AM 

The Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne gigs were all recorded on the same high quality Biff and Bear kit and treated by Biff and Bear.

Biff and Bear also cleaned up the Brisbane gig which was recorded by Sputnick, using kit that wasn't as high quality (so Biff and Bear did the best that Biff and Bear could do).

Biff and Bear also had a go at trying to clean up two versions of the Perth gig, but they were both so shithouse (to use the technical term) that Biff and Bear gave up and went to the pub.

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October 9 2011, 3:37 PM 

i saw bowie once in Vredenburg Utrecht ( very small venue), i found out later that it doesn't matter that much whether you see bowie in a small or a larger venue ( i don't mean stadiums though, i don't like the stadiums)
Reality in Rotterdam is a larger location, about 8000 people, it seemed a perfect place for bowie to perform the reality tour, liked it far better then the small Utrecht gig

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October 9 2011, 3:40 PM 

Saw it 5 times - Birmingham NEC 2nd night was my personal favourite. Great Show.

 
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gabe
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October 9 2011, 4:23 PM 

The shows towards the end of the Reality Tour i saw were phenomenal!! It's almost like i saw two entirely different tours. Bowie and the band were in top shape and us die hard fans got treated to some gems in the set lists, also the shows were longer. For those of you who saw the tour in 2003 early 2004 you missed out on the best shows of the Reality Tour. David seem to get more energized as the tour went on, If it wasn't for the heart attack there is no doubt in my mind we would have had another world tour in 2005!!!!

 
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October 9 2011, 4:33 PM 

Saw him in Stockholm (second show of the tour) and then the next year in Oslo (the infamous lollipop incident).
Neither was so bad, as far as greatest hits shows go (better than Sound+Vision), but nowhere near as good as the Outside tour (which didn't even sell out the same venue in Stockholm (the Globe arena) that sold out in about 15 minutes for Reality.

 
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October 9 2011, 4:55 PM 

I would not have missed the Reality tour (or another tour), but i saw only one concert, in Paris.

 
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popp
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October 9 2011, 5:11 PM 

@gabe, i have to disagree as i saw i think the 8th show in rotterdam and it was the best i've ever seen, better then the later amsterdam or antwerpen shows, bowie's vocals were at his best, better then on the dublin dvd and he was very intens and even emotional at times, maybe later on the tour they were better played in but i'm happy i didn't miss the early tour show with that enormous enthusiasm he showed

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gabe
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October 9 2011, 5:15 PM 

Over here in America. The shows i saw in May June beat anything i saw in 2003, early 2004.

 
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October 9 2011, 8:42 PM 

Popp the smaler the place the better for me.

Saw bowie in very small venues, and that was great oa paris and dublin 1999
Reality i saw once in Rotterdam.
Not a big fan of the reality shows. Heathen tour was so much better!

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October 9 2011, 9:56 PM 



Two nights at Wembley. Both were fantastic. Got one night off ebay for a steal, which were fantastic seats.

From the start, the animated intro (great build up) to the final number, a true pro.
I think that during one of the nights i thought to myself that it may well be the last time i would see him live in concert, which i think is now likely*, so glad i went the 2nd night.


*Hope to be proved wrong though.


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October 9 2011, 11:14 PM 

I saw about 13 shows of the tour. It really was a great tour. Dublin was the highlight for me. This tour was probly up there with the Earthling shows for me. Who would have thought that it has been close to 15 years since those remarkable Earthling shows?

 
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October 9 2011, 11:17 PM 

I agree with gabe.


I saw the shows in Cleveland, Detroit and Columbus. The Columbus show (May 2004) was incredible! The band was soooo much more of a cohesive unit than they were early on in the tour. They were tight, badass mother-effers by this time, and they just blew up the stage with their performance. Too bad none of these later performances were officially recorded, would have made a much better live album than the Dublin show. The Dublin shows were great, love the DVD even though the editing sucks and they eliminated all the "Reality" bits of dialog in-between the songs (why oh why did they ever do that, THAT'S what gave the whole tour it's personality).

 
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October 9 2011, 11:43 PM 

Wembley - and the most half arsed live performance from him I've ever witnessed.

The Dublin gig, which I regretfully failed to make, was obviously the best concert of the Reality tour....

I've often wondered if that had something to do with the DVD.

I suspect it did.

 
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October 10 2011, 3:12 AM 

I went to the London show and thought it was excellent.

What pissed me off where a few idiots in front of me who went the bar everytime a new track was played.

I actually prefered the gigs he did in 2002. The Old Traffic Cricket Ground was probably the best Bowie gig I've been to. His voice was awesome. He does get croaky during a tour and I think just doing festivals gave his voice plenty of rest.


 
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October 10 2011, 6:39 AM 

@Bettina : agree with you !

His big tours have always been well done, very good, but he gave more soul on his little concerts (Hours and Heathen). It was very different and not only because of the smaller places.

 
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October 10 2011, 8:37 AM 

I saw him at Wembley and then again in Wellington, for this one it was outdoor and it just rained and rained. Still it was worth it.

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October 10 2011, 11:10 AM 

@ Dude -- I hear you - the 2002 Hammersmith gig was excellent.

 
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October 10 2011, 12:37 PM 

Meltdown 2002, i have found memories of it!

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gabe
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October 10 2011, 5:45 PM 

I wish i saw the Heathen tour!!!!!!! Most shows were like 2 to 3 hours long plus the entire Low album. that is what i call HEAVEN!

Over in America we got stuck with the Area 2 Festival. Till this day Area 2 remains the most pathetic music festival i have been to. Really poor line up of musicians and poor stage planning and over priced tickets hardly anyone showed up! I was really sad to see such a poor tun out for a rock legend like Bowie, My friends got stuck with the cheap seats but were allowed move up near the front to fill in all the empty seats!! The DJ tent was too close to the stage so during Life on Mars we had to listen loud thumps of bass coming from the DJ tent! They should have pulled the plug in the tent while David was on stage. David was and the band was in fine form but he was on a tight schedule so he kept chatting to a minimum since Moby was on right after David.

 
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October 11 2011, 1:42 PM 

I have quite a few shows on DVD and went to the Birmingham show 19th November (2nd night) and Isle of Wight Festival 04 both exceptional!

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October 11 2011, 5:36 PM 

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October 11 2011, 5:42 PM 

"I have quite a few shows on DVD and went to the Birmingham show 19th November (2nd night) and Isle of Wight Festival 04 both exceptional! "

I went on 19 Nov 03 but it was the first night.

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October 11 2011, 5:44 PM 

I did!

 
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twice...

October 12 2011, 6:43 PM 

Montreal '03 and Ottawa '04

 
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October 15 2011, 7:25 AM 

3 times in Chicago - Jan. 2004

...I turned myself to face me but I never caught a glimpse

 
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October 15 2011, 10:12 PM 

Copenhagen 03
Stockholm 03
Oslo 03
Birmingham 03 (2nd night)
Glasgow 03
Bergen 04
Oslo 04

Birmingham was fantastic. But Glasgow and Oslo 04 proved to be even better. Memories......

 
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tom major
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tour

October 17 2011, 10:25 AM 

Manchester m.e.n. brilliant

 
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October 17 2011, 10:56 AM 

Birmingham.UK 19/11/2003

Great show with the cocked up China Girl

night to remember

He looked a lot like Che Guevara
Drove a diesel van

 
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October 17 2011, 1:28 PM 

It seems like a distant memory now...;(
but...I went to the Berlin concert - and I have to say it was the best Bowie performance I have ever seen - awesome! Then went to the two Birmingham (UK) dates when it was Gail Ann's birthday and David gave her a cake aw! The final one on the Reality tour was The Isle of Wight festival - which was also very good but wish I had taken in every last moment as that was the last time I saw him live before the heart problems. I can't really be greedy I have been lucky enough to see him around 20 times from the 70's through to 2004 but still hoping for more:)

 
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October 17 2011, 2:10 PM 

I was hoping for more too! After being at the B'ham (Gail Ann Dorsay's Birthday) show and IOW 2004.
But he's lucky to be alive and to have lasted in the business until 2004 at the highest level is a great achievement! I'm probably lucky to have a fair few Reality shows on DVD!

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October 21 2011, 12:50 AM 

I was at the Singapore gig - along with another BWW'er, whitem8, who was on the list to meet Bowie after I seem to recall.

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October 21 2011, 12:56 AM 

we got tons of Reality in America ... Area2 was Hours/Heathen wasn't it ?


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gabe
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October 21 2011, 1:45 AM 

Area 2 was Heathen. it was a 3 week festival tour.

Line up

Main Stage

Moby
David Bowie
Ash
Blue Man Group
Busta Rhymes

Dance Tent:
John Digweed
The Avalanches
Tiƫsto
Dieselboy
DJ Dan
The Beatnuts
The Visionaries
Mystic
Planet Asia

 
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October 21 2011, 7:53 PM 

I went to both Wembley shows and IOW. Biff and Bear are my favourite boots from the tour and the best artwork!

 
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