You've left your prayers and song...
By now you've undoubtedly heard about the resounding success of last night's Tibet House Benefit Concert, the highlight of which, by all accounts, was David's performance! Although he played only two songs (Heroes and Silly Boy Blue), it was, as enemyofsilence put it, "the most satisfying two songs I've ever heard." And the cheers for David were so loud that some members of the Carnegie Staff (more accustomed to a polite "bravo") had to fan themselves with the playbill to keep from fainting!
The Tibet pages are already filled with submissions! Go here to check 'em out or submit your own memoirs. Here is a selection of quotes from the press and BowieNetters:
When David Bowie entered twenty minutes later to give his take on spirituality, the tone was much different. Introduced by Moby as the "greatest musician of the twentieth century," Bowie entered to screams that outdid even those for younger heartthrob Matthews. Resplendent in a royal purple jacket, black turtleneck and wide-legged pants, he was the picture of health and happiness, of a man who had lived through fame hell and lived to tell. - Rolling Stone
Wearing a Union Jack shirt, matching glasses and now-trademark long hair, he described how he almost ran off to become a Tibetan monk as a teenager. "[I was] kicking around South East London trying to find myself when I stumbled across a Tibetan holy-man, who subsequently became a bit of a guru to me." The guru advised him to start making music, however, despite Bowie's insistence that "I look good in saffron! "It was always about the clothes, as a teen it was always about the clothes." - NME
He then introduced David Bowie ("the best musician of the 20th century," in his words) who took the stage to a thunderous reception. Bowie launched into his '70s classic "Heroes," aided by a backing band for the ages: Glass on piano, Moby on guitar, longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti on bass, a four-piece string section led by Mooke, and drummer Sterling Campbell.
Next was "Silly Boy Blue," an elegant rocker which Bowie said was written as he struggled to explain his interest in Tibetan culture and had not performed in more than 30 years. Khechog and some of the Gomang Monks joined the party at the very end with clattering gongs and bells. The song appears on the recent "Bowie At The Beeb" compilation, collecting the artist's performances for BBC Radio between 1968-1972.- Billboard.com
Mr. Bowie performed both songs flawlessly. The voice is better than EVER. Oh Yeah !! This rendition of Heroes with a string accompaniment was just beautiful :^)I really enjoyed this re-working of Silly Boy Blue as compared to the Bowie at the Beeb version. Bowie has only gotten better with age. Seeing Visconti playing the bass on stage was quite unique! - aucourant
Check out the Bowienet members Tibet pages for the full stories and lots more! Bookmark the pages and come back over the next few days as members return home and send in their submissions.