Curva Sud dello Stadio Olimpico; Rome 9th July 1996

Sound Qulaity : FM Broadcast

Length : 54.46

01. Look back in anger
02. Scary monsters
03. The Heart's filthy lesson
04. Outside
05. Aladdin sane
06. Voyeur of utter destruction (as beauty)
07. The man who sold the world
08. Hallo spaceboy
09. Breaking glass
10. Telling lies
11. Jump they say
12. Under pressure
13. Heroes
14. DJ Outro ("we cannot hide you that David Bowie will come back, even for two encores...")

Not to be confused with the silver called 'Trouble in Rome', this is indeed my master tape. This concert is well known for being the shortest Bowie full performance. At one point, after exactly one hour of live set, Bowie left the stage. Everybody thought that he would return for the encores, but it was not the case: Bowie had already left to come back to his hotel!

Bowie's management never wanted to give any explanation about this, since the singer was contracted to play 100 minutes. But a few speculations can be done: first of all, the audience was far below Bowie's normal standards: 4,000 people attending a show in a stadium that can hold more than 60,000! Second, the fight with the photographs, who were allowed to take shots during the first song only (instaed of two, as usually happens). As a protest, the photographs threw their photo passes on the stage while leaving at the end of the opening track.

The recording is quite good. As always, italian radio stroke again, putting an idiot DJ to comment all the tracks. I have removed all the comments by crossfading all tracks. I only left the final comments at the end of Heroes, where he's saying that he's pretty sure Bowie would come back for the encores, even giving the names of the songs he would perform later. Bad forecast!

Lineage: RAI Radio 2 broadcast > Sanyo FMT-3510L FM tuner > Tape (Maxell UD II) > Aiwa AD-WX 828 > Audigy Soundblaster > HD > Sound Forge 7.0 > CD Wave Editor > FLAC Frontend (level 6)