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Serious Moonlight Tour
Tour by David Bowie
Locations Europe
North America
New Zealand
South East Asia
Supporting album Let's Dance
Start date 18 May 1983
End date 8 December 1983
Legs 8
Shows 96
David Bowie tour chronology
Isolar II - The 1978 World Tour
Serious Moonlight Tour
Glass Spider Tour

The David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour was thus far Bowie's longest, largest and most successful concert tour. The tour opened at the Vorst Forest Nationaal - Brussels on 18 May 1983 and ended in the Hong Kong Coliseum on 8 December 1983; 16 countries visited, 96 performances, 2,601,196 tickets sold[1].



Earl Slick was drafted as guitarist a few days before the commencement of the tour due to problems with Stevie Ray Vaughan's management demanding contract renegotiations[2].

On 30 June 1983 the performance at the Hammersmith Odeon - London was a charity show for the Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association in the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent. The 13 July 1983 Montreal Forum performance was recorded and broadcast on American FM Radio and other radio stations worldwide.

At the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium - Toronto, ON performance on 4 September 1983, Bowie introduced onstage special guest, Mick Ronson, borrowing Earl Slick's guitar performed The Jean Genie with Bowie and band. The 11 & 12 September 1983 Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, BC performances were filmed and released on video in 1984 with a DVD release in 2006.

Tour Band

Tour dates


North America


North America



New Zealand

South East Asia

The Songs

From Space Oddity

  • "Space Oddity"

From Hunky Dory

  • "Life on Mars?"

From The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • "Soul Love"
  • "Star"
  • "Hang on to Yourself"

From Aladdin Sane

  • "Cracked Actor"
  • "The Jean Genie"

From Pin Ups

From Diamond Dogs

  • "Rebel Rebel"

From Young Americans

From Station to Station

From Low

From "Heroes"

  • "Joe the Lion"
  • ""Heroes"" (Bowie, Brian Eno)

From Lodger

  • "Red Sails" (Bowie, Eno)
  • "Look Back in Anger" (Bowie, Eno)

From Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

  • "Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"
  • "Ashes to Ashes"
  • "Fashion"

From Let's Dance

  • "Modern Love"
  • "China Girl" (originally from The Idiot by Iggy Pop, written by Pop and Bowie)
  • "Let's Dance"
  • "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (originally from Cat People: Original Soundtrack, written by Bowie and Giorgio Moroder)

Other songs:


  1. ^ Pimm Jal de la Parra, David Bowie: The Concert Tapes, P.J. Publishing, 1985, ISBN 909001005X
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg, The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2004, ISBN 1-903111-73-0


  • David Buckley, Strange Fascination: The Definitive Biography of David Bowie, Virgin Books, 1999, ISBN 1-85227-784X

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