July 13, 1983 (Montreal Forum)
Released in April 1983, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album was a massive hit driven by three outstanding singles which were also the first three cuts on the album, ‘Modern Love”, “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance.” It also featured a still relatively unknown lead guitarist (but not for long) by the name of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was supposed to be part of the subsequent tour but contract negotiations fell apart at the last minute and Vaughan was replaced by Earl Slick (another great guitarist), who had previously worked with Bowie in the ’70s.
The tour, dubbed the “Serious Moonlight Tour” launched in May in Belgium. The North American leg began July 11th with a show in Quebec City following by two back-to-back shows in Montreal. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the second show. This was an all around great show. Bowie was in top form as was the band. Bonus: he played Station to Station, one of my all-time favourite Bowie cuts.
So what’s Wolfgang’s Vault, you ask? It’s a place where music fans can go and select from a library of over 2500 concerts from a variety of artists and stream these shows for free. You can create playslists of songs from different concerts for future listening. And some shows can be downloaded for a fee, about 10 bucks. There’s also a store where you can purchase vintage t-shirts, posters and other concert memorabilia. The best part it doesn’t cost anything to listen to the shows. All you have to do is register with an email address and you’re in. And the Bowie show I went to? Yep, it’s on there. In fact both of the Montreal shows from that tour are on there. The site is definitely worth checking out. You never know when you might come across a concert or tour that you got to see live. A link to Wolfgang’s Vault can be found here.
Here are a bunch of great clips of Bowie doing what he does best from that tour.