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Tea & Cake

1st Reality In Birmingham

NEC, Birmingham, UK on 19 November 2003



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Source: Audience Sound Quality: CCC1/2 Art Work: CCCC

Some interference noise at the start of the Intro and during Life On Mars?  Very heavy on the bass with some reverb.


Track Listing


Disc 1 Disc 2


Life On Mars?

Rebel Rebel

Ashes To Ashes

New Killer Star

The Motel
Reality Joan's Letter
The Jean Genie Loving The Alien
Fame Never Get Old
Cactus Changes
Afraid (False Start) I'm Afraid Of Americans
China Girl "Heroes"


Bring Me Disco King


Slip Away

The Loneliest Guy

Heathen (The Rays)

The Man Who Sold The World

Five Years

Hallo Spaceboy

Suffragette City


Ziggy Stardust

Band Intro

Under Pressure




DB shows off his new flying saucer hairdo in Birmingham
this evening. Picture by BowieNetter Adeline Cantais.


David Bowie played the first of two shows at the NEC in Birmingham this evening, on what was his bass player's 41st birthday. Isolated pockets of the audience were determined to let Gail know that they knew it was her birthday, and the lovely lady spent much of the evening wearing her best Cheshire Cat grin as a result.

There was some typically playful behaviour from David, including the acceptance of a letter from a girl at the front, which he tried, unsuccessfully, to return to her to look after, and there was also the generous offer of tea and cakes for everyone present.



David's sonic trick with the microphone stand during Hallo Spaceboy seems to be a regular feature of the song now... Never let it be said that this man doesn't have great mic technique. The one thing I'm hearing from fans on a regular basis is how David is in magnificent voice right now, and indeed, just how good this band is.

David broke the run of three nights of the same set with an impressive 28-song set that witnessed the return of Disco King, Slip Away and Heathen in the first half of the encore, with the usual three Ziggy songs performed for the second half of the encore.


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