| 25 January 2010|
Point Theatre, Dublin
| 22–23 November 2003|
The Next Day
25 January 2010
| David Bowie albums, Rock music albums|
A Reality Tour is a live album by David Bowie that was released on 25 January 2010. The album features 22 and 23 November 2003 performances in Dublin during his concert tour A Reality Tour. This is an audio version of the concert video of the same name, except that it adds three bonus tracks. The digital download on iTunes adds two more bonus tracks.
The set list includes tracks spanning Bowie's 30 plus years in the music business, from The Man Who Sold the World (1970) all the way to the then current Reality (2003), along with collaborations such as "Sister Midnight" (with Iggy Pop; originally from The Idiot (1977)) and "Under Pressure" (with Queen; released as a single in 1981 and later found on Hot Space the following year). There is a bit more focus, however, on tracks from the albums released since the Earthling World Tour in 1997, Heathen (2002), and Reality, whose tracks constitute 10 of the 35 songs performed.
The only exception from his latest albums is Hours (1999); no tracks from this album were included on this release, possibly due to poor reception of the album, and no songs from the album were included in his touring repertoire. Other albums with no appearance included the cover album Pin Ups (1973), Never Let Me Down (1987), the albums produced with the band Tin Machine (Tin Machine (1989) and Tin Machine II (1991)), and Black Tie White Noise (1993). Aladdin Sane (1973) & Station to Station (1976) also made no concert appearances in the video, although songs from both albums were performed on the tour.
A notable inclusion into the performance was the set of three songs from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) as the final encore. Though Bowie had performed the pieces many times through his career, the pieces had not been toured regularly since 1978 when the live interpretations were featured on the Stage album released that same year.
The interpretations presented often a heavier and more complex sound than those of the album releases to suit the band for which the Reality album had been written; a more dynamic "Rebel Rebel" was arranged as an opener which included notably some audience participation and Bowie finishing his performance with the Irish phrase "Tiocfaidh ár lá", which means "Our day will come". Use of audience vocals appear in a number of tunes, including "All the Young Dudes", in which Bowie's voice was somewhat out of range to sing the chorus, and "Life on Mars?", which the audience faithfully sang along to. Electronic songs such as "Sunday" and "Heathen (The Rays)" feature new "Spooky Ghost" guitar arrangements by Gerry Leonard. "Loving the Alien" is rearranged for acoustic guitar and is performed solely by Bowie and Leonard.
All songs written by David Bowie except where noted.David Bowie – vocals, guitars, stylophone, harmonica
Earl Slick – guitar
Gerry Leonard – guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Under Pressure"
Sterling Campbell – drums
Mike Garson – keyboards, piano
Catherine Russell – keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
1Rebel Rebel (Live)3:31A Reality Tour (album) Wikipedia
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