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Listen to David Bowie play Belfast - do you remember 1995 King's Hall gig?

By Claire Cromie

Published 11/01/2016

David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
A Belfast poster for David Bowie's Outside Tour is on sale on eBay
David Bowie with Belfast Telegraph reporter Marie Foy in Belfast on the 6th December 1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the King's Hall, Belfast in December 1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
A Belfast poster for David Bowie's Outside Tour is on sale on eBay
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
A Belfast poster for David Bowie's Outside Tour is on sale on eBay

Were you at the King's Hall in 1995 when Bowie played Belfast?

We've unearthed pictures from the Belfast Telegraph archives and an audio recording of David Bowie's only Northern Ireland gig.

Posters advertised "The Outside Tour" for Thursday 23 November 1995 - but the show was actually postponed to 5 December.

Morrissey had been touring with Bowie as his warm up act - and to promote his Southpaw Grammar album.

But The Smiths frontman found himself playing to venues half-filled with Bowie fans waiting for their idol, so two weeks into the tour he pulled out.

Shows in Belfast, Sheffield and Manchester were cancelled and Bowie had to find a replacement, turning to The Gyres, Echobelly, Placebo and a variety of local bands.

The stage design was modest in comparison to Bowie's previous theatrical tours, with mere sheets draped about the stage.

Tickets were £25 and this was the setlist:

01. A Small Plot of Land

02. Look Back in Anger

David Bowie
David Bowie
David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer.

03. The Heart's Filthy Lesson

04. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

05. The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)

06. I Have Not Been to Oxford Town

07. Outside

08. Andy Warhol

A Belfast poster for David Bowie's Outside Tour is on sale on eBay
A Belfast poster for David Bowie's Outside Tour is on sale on eBay

09. The Man Who Sold the World

10. The Motel

11. D.J.

12. Strangers When We Meet

13. Hallo Spaceboy

14. Jump They Say

15. Breaking Glass

16. We Prick You

17. Nite Flights

18. My Death

19. Boys Keep Swinging

20. Teenage Wildlife

21. Under Pressure

22. Moonage Daydream

The US leg of the Starman's Outside Tour was co-headlined by Nine Inch Nails.

Further Reading

David Bowie: Caral Ní Chuilin, Colin Bateman and Ralph McLean pay Northern Ireland respects to music hero in sound and vision

David Bowie remembered as 'somebody who redefined pop music'  

When Bowie was the 'special' boy-next-door in Beckenham  

David Bowie tributes from Kanye West, Tim Peake, Ricky Gervais and David Cameron following death of a Starman

David Bowie: 7 ways the Starman changed music forever

Tributes left outside Bowie's childhood home  

 

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