Weighing in as one of the major superstars on tour this year is David Bowie, who announced concert dates for Canada and Europe earlier this week. Bowie starts in Quebec March 4 and touches down in Toronto's SkyDome March 7. Tickets for the Toronto show go on sale Saturday. They're available locally for about $35 including service charges at Central Ticket Office outlets. U. S. dates are expected in the spring and summer.
In making the announcement at the Rainbow Theater, scene of his Ziggy Stardust triumph in the early '70s, the mercurial Bowie suggested that he'll be playing it straight on this tour, offering a retrospective of his greatest hits to coincide with the release of his early albums on compact disc. "You won't be seeing any funny clothes, no platform boots, red hair, dresses or even a wig," he told the press.
Accompanying Bowie will be guitarist Adrian Belew, bassist Erdel Kizilcay, drummer Michael Hodges and keyboardist Rick Fox. Belew also will play an opening set on most dates. Though it won't be a costume show, it promises to be a visual extravaganza with a dozen video screens. As for the song list, Bowie plans to use 10 standard numbers for each show, then allow the fans to determine what else he'll play. Sets will be drawn up according to the results of pre-concert phone-in polls in each city.