Bill as a “greatest hits tour” with the object of retiring many of his longtime concert staples in favor of newer material, it was a massive undertaking, spanning five continents and playing some 108 performances from opening night in Quebec on March 4 to concluding in Buenos Aires on September 29th, 1990.
The impetus for retiring much of the old material was due, in large part to looking for a way to rejuvenate a career which had hit a bump in the late 1980s. His previous two albums; Tonight and Never Let Me Down were critically panned, forcing Bowie to reassess his career at this point. He issued a press statement echoing that sentiment:
“It’s time to put about 30 or 40 songs to bed and it’s my intention that this will be the last time I’ll ever do those songs completely, because if I want to make a break from what I’ve done up until now, I’ve got to make it concise and not have it as a habit to drop back into. It’s so easy to kind of keep going on and saying, well, you can rely on those songs, you can rely on that to have a career or something, and I’m not sure I want that.
— March 1990″
Ironically, rather than bidding farewell to a lot of time-tested classics, it becomes a reminder of just what a phenomenal talent David Bowie was throughout his career and just how much that talent is missed.
Needless to say – play this one very loud.