80s David Bowie Glass Spider Tour 1987 Sweatshirt Extra Large
Chest 24.5 in.
Length 23.5 in.
Sleeve 20.5 in.
Content: 50% cotton 50% polyester
Tag Brand: Unbranded
This rad pullover sweatshirt is a keepsake from the North America leg of David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spiders world tour. Bowie launched the tour in support of his new album Never Let Me Down and it was the musician's longest and most expensive tour to date. Bowie envisioned a grand, theatrical show that was billed as the "largest touring set ever." The show, which was neatly split into two acts and an encore, included props, projected visuals, and spoken word performances. Some openers from the 86-show tour included Duran Duran, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Iggy Pop.
Despite the effort Bowie put into this elaborate tour, he received his fair share of negative reviews, especially from the European media. Many critics seemed to miss the point of the show, which Bowie intended to be a commentary on rock stars and rock music in general. His album Never Let Me Down also received negative reviews with many critics saying they expected more from the artist. The Glass Spiders tour was extremely stressful for Bowie, who found himself physically exhausted during and after the tour. He was reportedly so fed up with the tour by the end that he had one of the sets burned in a field in New Zealand. The negative reviews of both the tour and album led him to reconsider his motivations for making music. Soon after Glass Spiders wrapped up, Bowie formed the band Tin Machine and took a break from performing his old songs at live performances.
Retrospectively, the Glass Spiders tour has been praised for its artistic vision and its influence on later concert tours. Regardless of the immense stress it caused him, Bowie was quoted once saying it was the most fun he ever had on tour. The Glass Spiders tour is considered his most prolific tour by many fans and many musicians continue to build upon the groundwork Bowie laid for producing theatrical concert tours.
Tag says one size fits all but fits like a modern unisex adult extra large. Some light spots on the front and the sleeves, see pics.