David Bowie

Montreal Forum (Montreal, Quebec)

Jul 12, 1983 - Set 2

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  1. 1 Station To Station 09:00
  2. 2 Cracked Actor 03:23
  3. 3 Ashes To Ashes 03:41
  4. 4 Space Oddity 05:16
  5. 5 Band Introduction 01:37
  6. 6 Young Americans 05:33
  7. 7 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) 04:14
  8. 8 TVC 15 03:53
  9. 9 Fame 04:58
  10. 10 Star 02:37
  11. 11 Stay 09:01
  12. 12 The Jean Genie 07:01
  13. 13 I Can't Explain 02:48
  14. 14 Modern Love 04:24
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David Bowie - vocals, guitar
David LeBolt - keyboards
Lenny Pickett - saxophone
Stan Harrison - baritone sax
Steve Elson - tenor sax
Carlos Alomar - guitar
Earl Slick - lead guitar
Carmen Rojas - bass
Tony Thompson - drums
George and Frank Simms - backing vocals

Actually the second half of a single show, this recording begins with Bowie offering a compelling version of "Station To Station," the title track from the 1976 album of the same name, to open the second set. From the moment he sings the initial line: "…the return of the thin white duke…" the crowd is all his - on their feet, and reveling in the homecoming. From there, things only escalate. He then launches into a powerful version of "Cracked Actor," a tune from 1973's Aladdin Sane, drawing a special roar from the audience when he delivers the controversial line "…suck baby suck, give me your head…"

Leading a monumental, 10-piece band, he grooves through a collection of mostly hit songs that includes "Space Oddity" (his first hit single), "Young Americans" (his first dance hit), "Fame" (which he co-wrote with John Lennon) and a trio of all-out rockers: "Cat People," "Putting Out Fire" and "Jean Genie." This tour only featured one song from his legendary Ziggy Stardust LP, "Star" - but it's a memorable one, nonetheless. Noticeably absent from the show was the usual Bowie show-stopper "Suffragette City," but he more than makes up for it with what would have been, back then, a mix of classic and modern Bowie.

Among the other highlights are a version of "Modern Love," which kicks like a mule, and a spunky version of The Who classic "I Can't Explain."

A must for all Bowie fans; proof that, no matter what the persona, the man could rock out with the best of them.