With the announcement last month that Bowie is finally coming out with a new album, and with his legion of longtime fans hoping for a return to the road, I thought I’d take a look back 30 years ago to 1983 when Bowie released the album that would go on to become his biggest seller, Let’s Dance. It 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 and who recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the secret recording sessions for the new album, The Next Day.
The subsequent 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.
I’m really looking forward to the new album and keeping my fingers crossed that he decides to hit the road once again. In the meantime, a few tidbits from that 1983 tour: