David Bowie resides in downtown New York, and although he has performed in and around town this spring and summer, he is now undertaking what may be included in the Guinness Book of Records. He is playing all five boroughs of New York. Although this feat might have been done by some artists, none have ever been by a platinum-selling artist.
Dubbed the “New York City Marathon Tour,” Bowie will perform five different nights in five different venues in each of New York’s five boroughs. In following the route of the New York City Marathon, Bowie will kick off the tour October 11 in Staten Island. The trek will then move over the Verrazano Bridge to Brooklyn, down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Queens, over the Queensboro Bridge heading north into The Bronx, and back across the Hamilton Avenue Bridge to Manhattan. The tour will conclude just two weeks before the running of the actual New York City Marathon.
“The last time I came through the Northeast it was on the Area 2 Tour,” said Bowie. ”We played in amphitheaters which are usually a good distance from the major cities. Marathon courses are strategically planned to bring the runners to the streets. I would like to repay the fans that traveled so far to see me by bringing my show to them. But most importantly, I could get home from all the gigs on roller skates.”
With venues ranging in size from 300 to 2,900, the tickets are $75, except in Queens where they are $45. Clear Channel Entertainment is the promoter.
These shows will come directly on the heels of Bowie's in-progress overseas trip, which includes an October 2 performance at London’s Carling Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Odeon), site of his final Ziggy and the Stardust concert in 1973.
David Bowie's “New York City Marathon Tour” dates:
October 11 Staten Island The Music Hall at Snug Harbor
October 12 Brooklyn St. Ann’s Warehouse
October 16 Queens Queens College Golden Center
October 17 Bronx Jimmy's Bronx Cafe
October 20 Manhattan Beacon Theatre