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The day Bowie broke New Zealand

on November 26, 2015


“I never thought I'd need so many people”


David Bowie’s concert at Auckland's enormous Western Springs (a speedway stadium) took place on this day in 1983.

The officially recorded attendance of 74,480 was the largest audience ever for an Australasian concert. The show was also believed to be the biggest single crowd gathering in the history of New Zealand.

The gig was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest crowd gathering per head of population anywhere in the world.

As with all Australasian-related Bowie things, is the place to read more about this

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David Bowie’s appearance on Cher 40 years ago

on November 23, 2015


“Closer than others I was your, I was your man”


On November 23rd 1975, David Bowie appeared in a fifteen minute segment for CBS TV’s Cher show.

The Bowie performances commenced with him sporting slicked back hair (Thin White Duke colouring and style) in blue jacket and shirt with grey slacks, singing his first US #1 single, Fame, which had peaked a couple of months earlier in September.

Fame was followed by a moving rendition of Can You Hear Me, performed as a duet with Cher. Both Fame and Can You Hear Me were live vocals sung over a pre-recorded backing track.

Bowie wore the same outfit

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16-page MOJO cover feature plus art prints

on November 23, 2015


“Had to cram so many things to store everything in there”


The January 2016 edition of MOJO magazine (Issue 266) contains 16-pages dedicated to David Bowie, not to mention the front cover and two quality A4 art prints, all housed in a rather tasty glossy card envelope.

Here’s how MOJO describes the Bowie content...


MOJO 266 / January 2016

The new MOJO magazine is a must-have for admirers of David Bowie.

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★ and more in Classic Pop magazine

on November 22, 2015


“I can still hear some Classic Pop...popular musics”


The December 2015/January 2016 edition of Classic Pop magazine boasts a fair bit of Bowie.

First up there’s a double-page spread announcing the arrival of the ★ album on January 8th next year, then there’s a 4 out of 5 full-page review of it by Rudy Bolly, who describes the album thus: “Blackstar is a genre-hopping return to his experimental prime.”.

David Bowie and Tony Blair at The Brits in February 1996 are the focus of the mag’s regular Classic Pop Moments item, and Let’s Dance and Tonight are both listed in a TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE

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★ album review in Q magazine

on November 22, 2015


“Putting on the Blackstar cranking out the white noise”


The January 2016 edition of Q magazine has a double-page, 4 out of 5 ★ album review by Tom Doyle. Here are a couple of lines from it…


“Headgame-playing art-rock Sinatra” – “ stands alone, unique in his catalogue” – “There are layers upon layers here which will go on revealing themselves, play after play.”


Mr Doyle concludes on a note of excited anticipation…


“And so, absolutely, the thrill remains and has now been intensified.