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Heathen Tour

Heathen Tour
Tour by David Bowie
Heathen Tour Beacon NYC 4.jpg
At the Beacon Theatre, New York on 20 October 2002. L to R: Earl Slick (guitar), Mark Plati (guitar), Sterling Campbell (drums), David Bowie, Catherine Russell (keyboards), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), Gerry Leonard (guitar). Mike Garson (keyboards) is out of shot to the left.
Associated albumHeathen
Start date11 June 2002
End date23 October 2002
No. of shows36
David Bowie concert chronology

The David Bowie Heathen Tour was a 2002 concert tour in support of the album, Heathen, and was also notable for the performances of all songs from the 1977 Low album.


The Low album, not previously performed live in its entirety, was premiered on 11 June 2002 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, together with all the songs from the Heathen album. With other commitments ruling out the possibility of a major concert tour, the Heathen Tour became a mini-concert tour similar to the 1996 Outside Summer Festivals Tour.

On 11 February 2002, it was announced that Bowie had accepted the role of Artistic Director at the Meltdown Festival, an annual music and arts event held at the South Bank complex in London, England. David Bowie's Meltdown 2002 ran from 14 to 30 June, with a schedule of concerts and events including performances by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Coldplay, The Waterboys and a London Sinfonietta performance of Philip Glass's Low and Heroes symphonies. The closing night was billed as The New Heathens Night with Bowie headlining the event with support by The Dandy Warhols followed by a DJ set from Jonathan Ross.

The Heathen Tour proper began at the Meltdown Festival with Bowie embarking on a series of European performances including a link-up with Moby for the 12-date North America Area:2 Festivals with a return to Europe for a further six performances. Before returning again to North America to perform a final seven shows with the first five in each of New York City's five boroughs, dubbed The New York Marathon Tour by Bowie, who joked "I could get home from all the gigs on roller skates".


The following set list was obtained from the concert held on 11 October 2002 at The Music Hall at Snug Harbour in New York City. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

  1. "Life on Mars?"
  2. "Ashes to Ashes"
  3. "Breaking Glass"
  4. "Cactus" (Pixies song)
  5. "China Girl" (Iggy Pop song)
  6. "Slip Away"
  7. "Fame"
  8. "I'm Afraid of Americans"
  9. "Speed of Life"
  10. "5:15 The Angels Have Gone"
  11. "I've Been Waiting for You" (Neil Young song)
  12. "Survive"
  13. "Rebel Rebel"
  14. ""Heroes""
  15. "Heathen (The Rays)"
  1. "Sunday"
  2. "I Would Be Your Slave"
  3. "Afraid"
  4. "Everyone Says 'Hi'"
  5. "Hallo Spaceboy"
  6. "Let's Dance"
  7. "Ziggy Stardust"

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Warm-up show
11 June 2002 New York City United States Roseland Ballroom
15 June 2002 Sony Music Studios
29 June 2002 London England Royal Festival Hall
1 July 2002 Paris France L'Olympia
3 July 2002 Kristiansand Norway Odderøya
5 July 2002 Horsens Denmark Horsens Ny Teater
7 July 2002 Ostend Belgium Hippodrome Wellington
10 July 2002 Manchester England Old Trafford Cricket Ground
12 July 2002 Cologne Germany E-Werk
14 July 2002 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes
15 July 2002 Lucca Italy Piazza Napoleone
18 July 2002 Montreux Switzerland Auditorium Stravinski
North America
28 July 2002 Bristow United States Nissan Pavilion
30 July 2002 Camden Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
31 July 2002 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
2 August 2002 Wantagh Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater
3 August 2002 Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
5 August 2002 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheater
6 August 2002 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
8 August 2002 Tinley Park Tweeter Center
10 August 2002 Denver Pepsi Center
13 August 2002 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
14 August 2002 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
16 August 2002 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
22 September 2002 Berlin Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle
24 September 2002 Paris France Le Zénith
25 September 2002
27 September 2002 Bonn Germany Museumsmeile
29 September 2002 Munich Olympiahalle
2 October 2002 London England Carling Apollo Hammersmith
North America
11 October 2002 New York City United States The Music Hall at Snug Harbour
12 October 2002 St. Anne's Warehouse
16 October 2002 Colden Center at Queens College
17 October 2002 Jimmy's Bronx Cafe
20 October 2002 Beacon Theatre
21 October 2002 Upper Derby Tower Theater
23 October 2002 Boston Orpheum Theatre


  1. ^ The concert on 29 June 2002 in London was part of the Meltdown festival.
  2. ^ The concert on 3 July 2002 in Kristiansand was part of the Quart Festival.
  3. ^ The concert on 7 July 2002 in Ostend was part of the Seat Beach Rock Festival.
  4. ^ The concert on 10 July 2002 in Manchester was part of the Move Festival.
  5. ^ The concert on 12 July 2002 in Manchester was part of the E-Werk festival.
  6. ^ The concert on 15 July 2002 in Lucca was part of the Lucca Summer Festival.
  7. ^ The concert on 18 July 2002 in Montreux was part of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
  8. ^ The concerts in North America were part of the Area2 Festival.

Tour band

Bowie performing with Sterling Campbell in Mountain View, California


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