Highway Dandy Gail, Sailor and "Indie Kid", just before going
on stage at Roseland last night. All Pictures by Total Blam Blam.
New York's in love...
David Bowie took the Roseland Ballroom by storm last night with a show that left fans old and new completely stunned. As he had hinted in more than one interview, (even if nobody did believe him) 'Low' and 'Heathen' were performed in running order in their intirity.
This really was one of the very best David Bowie shows I've ever seen, and the fans that I talked to afterwards agreed, having nothing but praise for the brave, but highly compelling set that David chose. Here are a few pictures that I took at the show to tide you over, with a quick rundown of what happened. I'll post more pictures over the next few days...and a couple of wonderful crummies.
David bounced onstage in black waistcoat and trousers (very Thin White Duke) with black tie and white shirt, and started the show by explaining the reception RCA gave to 'Low' when he first presented it to them 25 years ago. "They offered me more money to go and do another 'Young Americans' and told me to forget all about this nasty album."...Thankfully David stuck to his guns and the influence of 'Low' on popular music over the last quarter of a century has proved him right.
"Hmmm...was it Neil's song or 'Afraid' next...I'll go with Neil."
A mildly confused David Bowie confuses the running order.
'Low' sounded astonishing, and it was so good to hear such a faithful interpretation that still somehow managed to give the musicians a chance to add something of their own. This was the first time I had seen Gerry in-the-flesh live (apart from Letterman) and he really is a brilliant addition to the band, as is Cat. It was also great to see David playing that monstrous bloody great big saxophone for the end of 'Subterraneans'.
After a 15-minute interval, David returned in the tweed "Gilbert and George" 'Heathen' clobber that he wore for TOTP. 'Heathen' was brilliantly received and I don't think I have ever heard such a noisily appreciative audience...it was also clear that David was having an absolute ball and enjoying every minute. Mention should also be made at this point of the excellent sound, and quite brilliant lighting...the BOWIE logo as a backdrop was genius.
After what seemed an eternity, (during which the enthusiasm for David's return didn't falter for a moment, with the chant of "Bowie, Bowie, Bowie..." growing louder by the minute) David and the band returned to end the show with a high-power encore of 'Hallo Spaceboy', Ashes To Ashes', 'Fashion' and 'I'm Afraid Of Americans'. David was dressed in a long red coat and that big baggy black trouser suit thing with a huge pair of platforms. Very tasty. If you were there you know how good it was, if you weren't...well.