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If, by your own definition, the Outside tour falls into the "normal" range, I'd be curious to see an example of an "obscurities" tour by a major act.
I think they're rare almost to the point of not existing, but the best example I can think of is Springsteen's Tom Joad tour.
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Bowie was still keeping his word then and not playing any of the "retired" songs from 1990, so I'd have to categorize Outside as "obscurities".
Bowie stuck to his word in so far as he didn't include hits he'd played on the Sound And Vision tour, but he did include hits, some of them much bigger hits than some of the songs he did on Sound And Vision.
On the Outside tour, as well as playing the three UK Top 40 hit singles Outside spawned, he played:
- Under Pressure (a UK number one)
- Scary Monsters (UK #20)
- Jump They Say (UK #9)
- Boys Keep Swinging (UK #7)
- DJ (UK #29)
- Diamond Dogs (UK #21).
In fact, of the 31 songs that Pegg lists as regulars on that tour, 9 were UK top 40 hits, a further 6 could be classified as classic oldies or well known songs (Look Back In Anger, Breaking Glass, Andy Warhol, The Man Who Sold The World, My Death, Moonage Daydream), a further 8 were from the current album, two were the NIN songs he did with them, leaving only 6 genuine "obscure Bowie oldies". Not really all that different, percentagewise, from Reality.
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