Official Press Release
15th September 2003
NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF FIRST MAJOR WORLD TOUR IN ALMOST A DECADE TO LAUNCH DECEMBER 6; SPECIAL GUEST: MACY GRAY
DAVID BOWIE’s worldwide “A REALITY TOUR” will touch down in North America December 6 after he completes his already sold-out U.K. and European leg, which runs October 7 through November 28. The U.S. and Canadian dates will encompass 20-plus cities, it was announced by Clear Channel Entertainment. The tour is in connection with BOWIE’s new album REALITY, due September 16 (ISO/Columbia Records), which follows last year’s critically acclaimed, million-selling Heathen album. Macy Gray is the special guest on the North American leg.
Tickets for “A REALITY TOUR” will go on sale this weekend in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, with the other on-sale dates varying from market to market. Members of BowieNet, BOWIE’s pioneering online community, can buy tickets before the general public at www.davidbowie.com.
“A REALITY TOUR” marks BOWIE’s first full-fledged world tour since 1995’s highly successful “Outside World” tour and will also visit Australia and the Far East. BOWIE and his band, who have rehearsed over 50 songs from every era of his career, will change set lists from night to night on the tour.
BOWIE will be backed by the same stellar musicians he worked with on the REALITY album and performed with him on the acclaimed Heathen mini-tour: Sterling Campbell (drums), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass/backing vocals), Mike Garson (keyboards), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Earl Slick (guitar) and Catherine Russell (backing keyboards/backing vocals).
In recent years, BOWIE has concentrated on more intimate, one-off special live events, which have led to some legendary shows such as 2000’s two sold-out shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, last year’s Carling Hammersmith Apollo show in London and his return to Berlin at the Max Schmelling Hall. Intermixed with these intimate events have been handpicked, sold-out festival dates including appearances at last year’s Area2 shows in the U.S. as well as the spectacular 1999 closing night performance at Glastonbury. This year’s tour promises a mixture of BOWIE’s extensive back catalogue of hits as well as songs from the REALITY album.
“A REALITY TOUR” is scheduled to play to over one million people in 17 countries over a seven-month period. “Last year’s shows were such a tremendous high and the audiences so responsive,” says BOWIE. “My band is playing at the top of its form right now and it would be foolish not to play a tour this year while we’re in such good spirits about the live show aspects of our work.”
Membership to BowieNet is included with every ticket sold for this tour. Ticket holders will be able to type in a special code that will appear on each ticket and receive a free 3-month membership. BowieNet has been expanding the limits of artist/fan interaction and collaboration since 1998. Members have co-written a song with BOWIE, helped choose album art and packaging, participated in a variety of chats, webcasts and online events and even attended members-only concerts.
“A Reality Tour” is presented by Clear Channel Entertainment and produced by RZO Theatricals, Inc.
“A REALITY TOUR”
DAVID BOWIE will perform in the following North American cities:
DATE CITY VENUE ON-SALE
Sat 12/6 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata TBA
Sun 12/7 Washington, DC Patriot Center Sat 9/27
Tue 12/9 Boston, MA FleetCenter Fri 9/19
Wed 12/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Sat 9/20
Fri 12/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Mon 9/29
Sat 12/13 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre Mon 9/29
Mon 12/15 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Mon 9/22
Tue 12/16 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun TBA
Wed 1/7 Cleveland, OH CSU-Convocation Center Sat 9/27
Fri 1/9 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Sat 9/27
Sun 1/11 Minneapolis, MN The Target Center Sat 9/27
Tue 1/13 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre Sat 9/20
Mon 1/19 Denver, CO The Fillmore Sat 9/27
Wed 1/21 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome Mon 9/29
Sat 1/24 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place Mon 9/29
Sun 1/25 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre Sat 9/27
Tue 1/27 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose Sun 9/28
Fri 1/30 Las Vegas, NV The Joint TBA
Sat 1/31 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium Sun 9/28
Thu 2/5 Phoenix, AZ The Dodge Theatre Sat 10/04
Additional cities and show dates to be announced. Itinerary is subject to change. Following the North American Tour, DAVID BOWIE will continue on to perform dates in Australia and SE Asia.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the away-from-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North America and 30 in Europe. In 2002, more than 65 million people attended approximately 29,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including: Live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; and specialized sports and motor sports events. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.