99.1 PLR celebrates 50 years! This week we are celebrating another great year in our history: 1976!
WPLR’s studio at the time was on Chapel Street, which was a short drive to New Haven Coliseum. WPLR and The Coliseum had a long history of welcoming some of the biggest rock acts to New Haven. In 1976 WPLR welcomed David Bowie back to the Coliseum. Bowie came to New Haven on March 22nd to support his tenth studio album, “Station To Station,” which featured the hit single Golden Years.
Interesting note about this show: Just two nights earlier in Rochester, Bowie and a few of his friends were arrested on marijuana charges. He paid the bond and hit the road and headed to Springfield and New Haven to play his scheduled gigs before his scheduled arraignment back in Rochester later that week. Long story short, Bowie pleaded innocent and eventually the charges were dismissed.
Today we look back at David Bowie’s show in New Haven…
Monday March 22, 1976
New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Band Lineup: David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, Stacy Heydon, George Murray, Dennis Davis, Tony Kaye
- Station To Station
- Suffragette City
- Word on a Wing
- I’m Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover)
- Queen Bitch
- Life on Mars?
- Five Years
- Panic in Detroit
- Diamond Dogs
- Rebel Rebel (encore)
- The Jean Genie (encore)
Check out these David Bowie performances from 1976