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Bowie Receives Lukewarm Response In Italy

July 4, 1997 12:00 AM ET

David Bowie may be a big hit on Wall Street, but his stock is low in Italy. The Thin White Duke's current trans-Atlantic tour isn't faring too well; his first two Italian shows only sold to one-sixth of capacity. Some sources attribute the sparse turnout to his high ticket price (about $25 U.S.). Others claim the problem lies in the fact that Bowie must contend with several other big name musicians such as David Byrne and Sinead O'Connor who are also presently on tour in Italy.

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