|Tour by Tin Machine|
|Associated album||Tin Machine|
|Start date||14 June 1989|
|End date||3 July 1989|
|No. of shows||12|
|Tin Machine concert chronology|
The Tin Machine Tour was a concert tour headlined by Anglo-American hard rock band Tin Machine. Following a performance of "Heaven's in Here" at the International Music Awards in New York City on 31 May 1989,the tour started on 14 June 1989 at The World in New York City, and finished on 3 July 1989 at The Forum in Livingston, Scotland. The tour comprised 12 performances in six countries, in venues with a capacity of 2,000 or less. Joined onstage by Kevin Armstrong, the band performed the entirety of their eponymous debut album with the exception of "Video Crime", augmented with cover version of songs from Bob Dylan and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.
The band played in "fashionable black suits" in front of stark lighting in what was described as a departure from lead vocalist David Bowie's previous solo tour. The second concert at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on 17 June, 1989, was added at the last minute, when Bowie saw the long lines for tickets to the first show on 16 June; the show was at midnight (technically the night of 16 June), and tickets were sold at half-price.For the concert in Amsterdam on 24 June, 1989, video screens were erected outside the venue for those unable to obtain tickets. The video for "Maggie's Farm" was recorded at the same venue.
The Los Angeles Times had a positive review of Tin Machine's first show of the tour in New York City, saying "the band was full of life, raucous and brash, good-natured and smart."Rolling Stone described fans who had gone to see "the Thin White Duke crooning 'Young Americans'" as receiving a rude awakening as Bowie offered "no oldies, no encores and no apologies." Reactions to the shows in the United States were mixed, as fans and critics felt that the proximity to Bowie was often more exciting than the music the band was playing. Ultimately, Rolling Stone stated that it was Bowie's presence that "elevated the songs from the level of average grunge to that of theatrical avant-garage rock", and later said it helped Bowie regain some of the credibility he had lost during his previous album and tour.
The 25 June performance at La Cigale, Paris was recorded with excerpts broadcast on Westwood One FM radio. Four songs from the same performance were released as b-sides to the 1989 singles; "Tin Machine" and "Prisoner of Love." 8 songs performed at this show were released digitally on the album Live at La Cigale, Paris, 25th June, 1989 in August 2019, to coincide with the album's 30th anniversary. The digital release was mastered by original album producer Tim Palmer.
The following set list was obtained from the concert held on 14 June, 1989, at The World in New York City. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.
|14 June 1989||New York City||United States||The World||—|
|16 June 1989||Los Angeles||The Roxy||—|
|17 June 1989||—|
|21 June 1989||Copenhagen||Denmark||Saga Rockteatre||—|
|22 June 1989||Hamburg||West Germany||Docks||—|
|24 June 1989||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Paradiso||—|
|25 June 1989||Paris||France||La Cigale||La Place|
|27 June 1989||London||England||Town & Country Club||Jesus Jones|
|29 June 1989||National Ballroom||—|
|1 July 1989||Newport||Wales||Newport Leisure Centre||—|
|2 July 1989||Bradford||England||St. George's Hall||—|
|3 July 1989||Livingston||Scotland||The Forum||—|
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