BOWIE GOLDEN YEARS

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JANUARY

Rehearsals for the tour continue at Keith Richards' home in Jamaica.

10 Nic Roeg interview by Mike Flood Page published in Street Life :

"He has before him a miniature Sony cassette machine and offers an exclusive preview of the Bowie soundtrack just in from LA. It's a simple melodic instrumental based around organ, bass and drums, with atmosphere courtesy of studio wizardry all put together and performed by Bowie himself."

Bowie's deadline for the soundtrack for The Man Who Fell To Earth was February.

21 Leaves Jamaica for Canada to prepare for the beginning of the tour.

23 Station to Station LP released by RCA

The release was held up by Bowie's decision to change the sleeve to black and white.

 

FEBRUARY

ISOLAR 1976 World Tour

After piped music from Kraftwerk’s Radioactivity, the show opened with a screening of the 1929 surrealist short film Un Chien Andalou by Salvador Dali and Spanish director Luis Buñuel.

The huge entourage of the MainMan era was stripped down to a small efficient staff who handled every aspect of the tour.

2 Vancouver, Pacific Coliseum

» Report by Ben Edmonds in RAM magazine

3 Seattle, Seattle Center Coliseum

4 Portland, Memorial Coliseum

6 Daly City, Cow Palace

After the show, Bowie was presented with a silver cape and guitar and a gold disc for Fame by promoter Bill Graham. "It was a lovely night," said Bowie, "and should be even better in Los Angeles."

» Report by Robert Hilburn in Melody Maker

Tour group

Carlos Alomar
Guitar

Dennis Davis
Drums

Tony Kaye
Keyboards

George Murray
Bass

Stacey Heydon
Guitar

Tour staff

Pat Gibbons
acting manager

Corinne Schwab
Bowie's personal assistant

Barbara DeWitt
worldwide press and publicity

Tony Mascia
Bowie's driver

 

Bowie and Angie interviewed by Rona Barrett on Good Morning America in Los Angeles

Stay Stay Stay
 

Appearance on Dinah! (recorded in Los Angeles) singing Stay and Five Years with the 1976 tour band. Includes an interview with Dinah Shore and a karate lesson with his instructor and bodyguard Dwain Vaughn.

Stay

» Reported by Lisa Robinson for NME March 1976

 
 
Bowie Angie and Steven Ford

8 Los Angeles Forum

The post-concert party guests included Rod Stewart and Britt Ekland, Alice Cooper, Ringo Starr, Ray Bradbury, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Henry Winkler and Steven Ford, son of President Gerald Ford.

9 Los Angeles Forum

After the show, Patti Smith stopped by and spilt beer on Angie's mink coat.

11 Los Angeles Forum

In the audience are Linda Blair, Henry 'Fonzie' Winkler, Carole King and Cameron Crowe.

In the dressing room after the show, Bowie chatted to Christopher Isherwood and David Hockney, who also attended.

(Photos by Andrew Kent)

» Reported by Lisa Robinson in NME

     

Rolling Stone February 12

12 "Ground Control to Davy Jones" by Cameron Crowe published in Rolling Stone.

13 San Diego, Sports Arena

Returns home to Stone Canyon Drive to pack up his belongings.

A removal firm takes them to Los Angeles airport to be freighted to Switzerland to the new home in Vevey.

Bowie invited Iggy to join the tour as a travelling companion .

15 Phoenix, Veterans' Memorial Coliseum

» Reported by Lisa Robinson in NME

16 Albuquerque, Tingley Coliseum

17 Denver, McNichols Sports Arena

20 Milwaukee, Mecca Arena

21 Kalamazoo, Wings Stadium

22 Evansville, Roberts Municipal Stadium

23 Cincinnati, Riverfront Coliseum

25 Montreal, Forum

26 Toronto, Maple Leaf Gardens

27 Cleveland, Public Auditorium review

28 Cleveland, Public Auditorium

29 Detroit, Cobo Arena

 

MARCH

The Eagle Has Landed begins shooting. Bowie had previously agreed to appear in the film as a Nazi officer, but had to pull out, due to tour commitments, and the part went to Robert Duvall. Director Jack Wiener explained: "It's unfortunate, because we would have liked very much to have had him, but when you are working on a movie with a five and a half million dollar budget you can't afford to have one of the cast involved with something else at the same time."

circus

1 Detroit, Cobo Arena

2 "The Return Of The Thin White Duke" by Richard Cromelin published in Circus magazine.

   

3 Chicago, International Amphitheatre

5 St Louis, Kiel Auditorium

6 Memphis, Mid-South Coliseum

7 Nashville, Municipal Auditorium

8 Atlanta, Omni Coliseum

11 Pittsburgh, Civic Arena

12 Norfolk, Scope Conventional Hall

13-14 Landover, Capital Center (2 shows)

15-16 Philadelphia, The Spectrum
(2 shows)

17 Boston, Boston Garden

 

invitation

18 The Man Who Fell To Earth premiered at the Leicester Square Theatre, London.

Among the guests were Angie Bowie (left), Lionel Bart, James Coburn, Lee Remick, Rick Wakeman, John Peel, Amanda Lear, Stomu Yamashta and stars from the film, Candy Clark (right), Rip Torn, Alf Martin and John Walters.

 

19 Buffalo, Memorial Auditorium

Bowie struggled through the show with flu.

20 Rochester, Community War Memorial

After the concert, Bowie threw a party in his three-room suite at the Flagship Americana hotel in State Street and invited a couple of ladies he met in the hotel bar.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two women revealed themselves as narcotics officers and at 2.25 a.m. four vice squad detectives and a State Police investigator charged Iggy Pop, Dwain Vaughns and a 20-year-old Rochester woman, Chiwah Soo, on suspicion of possession of eight ounces of marijuana. This was a Class C felony, carrying a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

The four were held in the Monroe County jail for a few hours before being released on bond – at Bowie's expense.

Bowie later said he bore the police no grudge: “They were just doing their job.”

» Full report in The Democrat and Chronicle

21 Springfield, Civic Center

22 New Haven, New Haven Coliseum

23 Uniondale, Nassau Coliseum

Word On A Wing and Stay released officially on Station To Station (Ryko 1991) and Queen Bitch on Rarest One Bowie. The entire concert was released in 2010 as part of the EMI deluxe reissue of Station To Station.

The concert was originally recorded by Harry Maslin for the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show, broadcast on April 23.

 

25 Fans mobbed Bowie as he arrived at the Rochester courthouse, pleading not guilty to charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, as did Iggy Pop and Dwain Vaughns.

The case was adjourned until April 20 and Bowie was allowed bail of $2000. He also put up the bail of $2000 each for the other three. Bowie’s LA attorney Stan Diamond told the press, “He’s not a user of marijuana and it is my opinion that he is not guilty of any illegal possession.”

Leaving the court Bowie was besieged by reporters. He appeared on Channel Five news later in the day, saying he had been treated well by the police.

One reporter asked him if he thought the marijuana could have been planted by a former business associate, Bowie looked shocked but declined to comment.

The five-by-four inch mug shot was taken when Bowie appeared at the city court for arraignment. In 2007 the photo was rescued from the rubbish during an estate sale of a retired Rochester police officer.

   

Mark Volman, Ronnie Spector, Bowie and Iggy Pop (all photos by Andrew Kent)

26 New York, Madison Square Garden

After the last concert of the US leg of the tour, a small party was held at the Penn Plaza Club for Bowie and the crew.

Guests included Cyrinda Foxe, Flo and Eddie, Danny Fields, John Cale and Ronnie Spector, who told Uncut in 2006, "I didn't know him. I was like, David who? A man in make-up? But he went straight for me. We became friends later."

At the party Bowie described that evening's show as getting the best reaction he had ever received: "I was so nervous, I nearly threw up!" He spent much of the evening in a corner booth with Iggy.

He told Lisa Robinson that he and Iggy would finish the album they had begun on the tour in either Munich or Switzerland. “It’ll be a Bewlay Bros production and then we’ll give it to whoever offers the best deal.”

Bowie and Cyrinda Foxe (above), Iggy Pop (above right) and Lisa Robinson (right)

 

 

27 A private screening of The Man Who Fell To Earth Bowie had arranged for friends had to be cancelled when Bowie couldn't get a print of his own film.

28 Sails from New York for Cannes to continue the tour.

 
APRIL

TVC 15 / We Are The Dead single released in the US (RCA). (highest chart position No. 33)

7 Munich, Olympia Hall, Germany

8 Dusseldorf, Philips Halle, Germany

9 On a day off in Berlin, Bowie asked Tony Mascia to take them on a tour, first visiting a retired opera singer living near the Wall. Inspired by a bust of Hitler in her house, Bowie suggested their next stop – Hitler's bunker.

At the bunker, they all got out and Kent took some photos. Then Bowie mischievously snapped to attention and raised his arm in a Nazi salute. Kent took some shots and swore to Bowie, there and then, that they would never be published without his consent.

10 Berlin, Deutchlandhalle, Germany

In the audience that evening was 13-year-old Christiane Felscherinow, who described the concert in her autobiography Christiane F. Also at the concert was transgender cabaret star Romy Haag, who danced and disrobed in the front rows to attract Bowie’s attention.

Haag: We looked at each other and that was that. The next day he had a concert in Hamburg and he was four hours late because he didn’t want to leave.

Interviewed earlier in the day by Stuart Grundy for The David Bowie Story, broadcast in May on Radio One.

11,12 Hamburg, Congress Centrum, Germany

Further interviews with Stuart Grundy.

13 Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany

The band took the stage 40 minutes late and launched into ‘Station To Station’, during which a fan was stretchered out after a drug overdose. The 1981 film Christiane F alluded to the incident in the Berlin concert scene.

Bowie’s appearance on Cher broadcast in Germany (AFN-TV)

14 Friedrich Ebert Halle, Ludwigshafen

17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland

18 With a week off before the next date in Helsinki, Bowie asked Andrew Kent and Iggy to join him and Pat Gibbons and Coco Schwab on a side trip to Moscow via Warsaw.

In 1980 Bowie discussed his Nazi fascination in an interview with NME.

Iggy Pop's 29thbirthday party

21 Iggy's 29th birthday party in Basle – Bowie gave Iggy a Polaroid camera to document their travels.

22 Dining at the Hotel Metropol (below) and sightseeing in Moscow with Iggy.

Bowie with Coco at the Metropol (Photo by Andrew Kent)

24 Masshallen, Helsinki, Finland

Bowie and party arrived in Helsinki a day later than expected, but still in time for the concert. held a press conference in the morning.

25 The King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show broadcast the Nassau Coliseum concert on US FM radio, spawning a flood of high quality bootlegs, notably Resurrection on 84th Street and The Thin White Duke.

 

26 Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm

Following the concert, Bowie was presented with gold records for Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs and Young Americans. At the press conference Bowie was asked about the incident on the train in Russia. To a persistent Swedish reporter (at right of photo), Bowie made his infamous remark about fascism: "As I see it I am the only alternative for the premier in England. I believe Britain could benefit from a fascist leader. After all, fascism is really nationalism."

NME journalist James Johnson (top left hand corner in the photo): "I was working for the London Evening Standard at the time. Briefly – after the show I was told by Bowie’s American PR that I’d be able to talk to Bowie without a tape recorder for five minutes. She suggested I talk to him about right wing ideas and fascist leaders. He did say Britain might benefit from a fascist leader.

My story the next day made a large splash in the Standard. But when other daily papers got in touch with him, he denied saying what I had reported. It was quite a big story at the time. Frankly, I think I was the victim of a PR stunt, but an RCA employee at the time agreed with me.

In Stockholm, he was in the company of Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan amongst others. There were also various tennis championship stars in the hotel hanging around the entourage. His show earlier in the evening – black and white lighting etc – was brilliant.”

27 Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm

28 Scandinavium, Gothenburg

29 Falkoner Teatret, Copenhagen

"Bowie Meets the Press" by Ben Edmonds published in Circus magazine

 

MAY

2 Bowie arrived at Victoria Station after an absence of over two years, the national press showing particular interest in him after the comments he made in Stockholm.

For Bowie's arrival at the station RCA supplied a PA system on the platform for him to make a speech on arrival. The PA was not working so Bowie waved to the crowd of fans from the back of his limo then left the station.

NME's headline 'Heil and Farewell' and photograph implied that Bowie gave a Nazi salute – a claim he vehemently denied.

4 Empire Pool, Wembley

Interviewed earlier that day by Jean Rook for the Daily Express – his only UK press.

5-8 Empire Pool, Wembley

9 Review published in the Sunday Times

     

Bowie makes up for the Paris concert

13 Ahoy Sports Stadium, Rotterdam

17,18 Pavillon de Paris, Porte de Patin, Paris

19 Pavillon de Paris (cancelled)

With Romy Haag

After the show, Bowie and Romy Haag celebrated the end of the world tour at the Alcazar club.

   

Changes One Bowie

20 Changes One Bowie LP released.

Cover photo by Tom Kelley, famed for the Marilyn calendar photograph.

Bowie and Iggy had intended to stay on in Paris but soon sought refuge from the many fans roaming the city.

Coco arranged for them to relocate to the Chateau d'Herouville.

After two nights they decided to book two months recording time in the summer to begin work on Iggy's first solo album The Idiot with Laurent Thibault, owner of the Chateau, engineering.

Bowie then joined his family in Switzerland at Clos Des Mesanges, near Montreux in Corsier-sur-Vevey, to relax after the tour.

Bowie also began plans for his next album and making rough sketches of songs foron keyboard and guitar.

At the end of May, Bowie and Iggy Pop leave for the Chateau d'Herouville to begin work on backing tracks.

       

JUNE

JULY

The Idiot sessions

Bowie spends two days recording at the Chateau, playing piano with session drummer Michel Santangeli.

Bowie then added keyboards, drum machine and saxophone with Thibault on bass.

9 Suffragette City / Stay
single released in UK (RCA)

The Idiot sessions

George Murray and Dennis Davis arrived at the end of July to add bass and drums, some of which are used in the final mix.

 

AUGUST

The Idiot sessions

Bowie, Iggy and Thibault complete recording of The Idiot at Musicland studios, Munich.

Phil Palmer was called in to contribute guitar parts and replay some of Bowie's guitar.

Final mixing done at Hansa Studios, Berlin.

Stay / Word on a Wing
single released in US (RCA)

» "David Bowie: An In-Depth Look at the Illusion" by Lisa Robinson published in Hit Parader magazine

Low sessions

Bowie, Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, Dennis Davis, Ricky Gardiner, George Murray and Roy Young recorded eight tracks in two and half weeks at Chateau d'Herouville.

In the midst of the sessions, Bowie first had to deal with marital problems – Angie turned up with her lover, resulting in a violent fight that inspired Breaking Glass – then management problems. He had to spend four days in a Paris court dealing with litigation against his manager Michael Lippman concerning his management percentage.

In Bowie's absence Eno prepared the groundwork for Warszawa. Eno found that the studio was providing Bowie with a form of sanctuary. In 1980 Eno told NME,

"The way he worked impressed me a lot. Because it reminds me of me. He'd go out into the studio to do something, and he'd just come back hopping up and down with joy. And whenever I see someone doing that I just trust that reaction. It means that they really are surprising themselves."

SEPTEMBER

Low sessions

Bowie and Eno continued recording at Hansa Studios with engineer Edu Meyer.

 

Iggy at entrance of 155 Hauptstrasse

Iggy in the courtyard entrance of the building where he and Bowie had apartments.

Hauptstrasse 155

Coco found a home for Bowie and Iggy in Berlin at this time – Hauptstrasse 155, Schoeneberg, a seven-room flat above a car spares shop.

Bowie told the Berliner Morgen Post, "Berlin gives me something I don't get from London or Los Angeles."

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

Angie visited to demand that Bowie dispense with Coco. During the showdown with her, Bowie suffered what was reported as a coronary in Berlin. Later reports revealed a less serious incident. A hospital spokesman at the Berlin British Military hospital where Bowie was taken said:

"In the early hours one morning, the hospital received a call from a lady in some distress saying her British husband had had a heart attack. Though we don't usually admit non-military personnel, as an act of mercy we sent out an ambulance to get him. He'd just overdone things, and was suffering from too much drink. We ran various tests and proved he hadn't had a coronary."

Bowie awarded the US Academy of Science, Fiction, Fantasy And Horrors Best Actor Of The Year award for The Man Who Fell To Earth

Christmas in Switzerland with Angie and Joey.

 
 
 
 

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