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In 1997, David Bowie was in Dublin rehearsing for the Earthling tour when he played a secret gig for 300 people. Photograph: Reuters/Andy Clark/Files

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David Bowie at Slane Castle on July 13th, 1987. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea / The Irish Times

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