Although poor quality, this footage of Bowie rehearsing ‘Panic In Detroit’ from the 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane’ gives us a rare insight into the ISOLAR tour of 1976.
The ISOLAR tour of North America and Europe in support of the ‘Station To Station’ album commenced on 2 February 1976 at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, British Columbia, concluding at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris, France, on May 18 the same year, close to seventy shows later.
Variously known as the Station to Station and White Light tours, it is now referred to as the ISOLAR tour, as reflected by the title of the official tour programme. (The 1978 World Tour is now referred to as the ISOLAR 2 tour)
Bowie’s band for the shows (collectively known as Raw Moon) consisted of: Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar), Stacey Heydon (lead guitar), Dennis Davis (drums and percussion), George Murray (bass) and Tony Kaye (keyboards and synthesisers). Bowie himself also played saxophone on occasion.