David Bowie announced his Sound and Vision tour 30 years ago this week

David Bowie announced his Sound and Vision world tour 30 years ago this week, and it was a bit of a gimmick.

He wanted to force himself to write new songs, so he said he'd use the tour to officially retire his old hits. He promised to never play them again on stage.

He even had local audiences call in their requests to a hotline ahead of each show. He used the calls to determine the set list.

The tour hit five continents in seven months. "Fame" was among the most requested in United States.

But as you might have guessed, Bowie eventually played many of his hits again at performances later on.

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