David Bowie live at the Phoenix Festival in 1996

'Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)', 'The Heart's Filthy Lesson', '"Heroes"', Hallo Spaceboy' and 'White Light (White Heat)'

Following the 1995 Outside tour, a slimmed-down band of Reeves Gabrels, Gail-Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson and Zachary Alford reconvened for dates in Japan, Russia and Iceland, followed by a string of summer festivals across Europe.

Gone were the more elaborate elements of the Outside tour’s stage set, with Bowie resplendent with a spiky shock of carrot-coloured hair reminiscent of his Ziggy days, with him and his band donning a wardrobe designed by celebrated British designer Alexander McQueen.

With Bowie and his band in supreme form, this amazing performance was recorded at the Phoenix Festival in 1996 during the summer festivals extension of the Outside tour.

Here we see ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’, ‘The Heart’s Filthy Lesson’, ‘”Heroes”‘, Hallo Spaceboy’ and ‘White Light (White Heat)’. The show’s closing song, ‘Moonage Daydream’, can be watched here.

Unfortunately many festival goers missed Bowie’s opening night performance due to problems letting people on site. Having sold out that year for the first time due to the Glastonbury Festival taking its usual year off, the organisers struggled to cope with the crowds and extreme heat. Temperatures on site exceeded thirty degrees Celsius on all days.

Despite the temperatures, Bowie and his band appear wearing the the wardrobe designed by celebrated British designer Alexander McQueen.

The full set-list:

  • Look Back in Anger
  • Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
  • The Heart’s Filthy Lesson
  • Outside
  • Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
  • The Voyeur of Utter Destruction (As Beauty)
  • The Man Who Sold the World
  • Hallo Spaceboy
  • Breaking Glass
  • Telling Lies
  • Jump They Say
  • Under Pressure
  • “Heroes”
  • Strangers When We Meet
  • Lust for Life
  • All the Young Dudes
  • White Light/White Heat
  • Moonage Daydream