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David Bowie’s Last Concert

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As one of the most inventive performers of the rock era, David Bowie‘s concerts were always a spectacle. With news of his death on Jan. 10, 2016, it tuned out that the show he held on June 25, 2004, would be his last, after a health scare forced him to cancel his tour in support of the previous year’s album, Reality.

Following that concert, at the Hurricane Festival in Scheessel, Germany, Bowie had an emergency angioplasty. The problem started a couple of days earlier during a show in Prague, when he started feeling pain in his left shoulder and abruptly ended his concert. Tests revealed an acutely blocked artery, and the final month of the European tour was shelved.

That wasn’t the only problem on tour. A week prior, in Oslo, Bowie was hit in the eye by a lollipop that had been thrown by a fan. More seriously, his Miami concert was cancelled when a lighting technician died after falling from the rig above the stage before the show. Still, a DVD comprised of footage from the two Dublin shows was released in 2010.

After that, Bowie made only a handful of guest appearances, sitting in with Arcade Fire in 2005 and David Gilmour a year later. That November, he also joined Alicia Keys at a benefit concert in New York, and didn’t sing in public ever again. He refused to tour behind the release of 2013’s acclaimed The Next Day, his first album since Reality.

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