'Everyone Says Hi': Image SusanS
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As if to compensate for the bad weather at Jones Beach, Boston was hotter than hot, but that didn't stop our man from giving us one or two interesting variations to the set. Eyewitnesses were particularly entranced by the tightness of db's trousers but did manage to gasp out the odd comment on his singing.. ;-) From Tess:- "'Heathen' was heartbreakingly good. That song has just grown over the tour I guess. '5:15' was "one of our faves at the moment" and just awesome. 'Ziggy' was killer. Amazing how it sounds today... The place went nuts!"
David was particularly happy - smiling and bouncy from the moment he set foot on the stage, and even taking the time to give some advice on how to have a happy marriage! There are three important things to remember, apparently. Once again, from Tess:- "Very important point: find a girl who loves to cook and clean. Very important point: find a girl who brings in lots of money. Very important point: find a girl who loves sex. Very important point: never let the three of them meet.. ba-boom!"
The Boston Herald focus on the eclectic mix which Moby has put together, and its ability to draw a wide range of people, all of whom seemed to share and enjoy 'each other's' music:- "PTA moms danced with wild abandon to the jittery grooves supplied by star DJs such as Carl Cox and John Digweed in the rave tent and purple-haired teenagers held up swaying glowsticks as an incredibly well-preserved David Bowie sang songs much older than they were".
They describe David's set as "a hot 90 minutes", and add that "he looked typically dashing in a black three-piece suit and unstrung electric blue tie as he took the stage for stark version of ``Life on Mars,'' accompanied only by Mike Garson's agile piano. He sounded sensational, as did his tight backing band - especially guitarist Earl Slick and drummer Sterling Campbell. Slick in particular earned his pay with a string of stinging guitar solos... Newer tunes such as the winsome acoustic pop number ``Everyone Says Hi'' and the stutteringly funky and tightly coiled ``I'm Afraid of Americans'' fit in with ease."
Earl Slick thinking "I'm gonna really sting em tonight." Image: Mark Plati
Here are a couple more posts from our message boards :-
"I'm feeling a little repentant and nostalgic this morning 'cause I won't see Bowie for a while now. That was my last show. It has been a brilliant three days, not just for Bowie (which is always a bonus!) but I met so many wonderful people, some I've met before and some were new but all the same, a great little community of people." (caroline)
"Not many words to describe the show. I draw a blank, HOT, AWESOME, GREAT. These do not really work, but WOW......" (wldjareth)
David Bowie - "This one's by Clint Eastwood."
Image: Mark Plati. Keep em coming Mark!
Last word for this show should go to our tireless reporter in the field, SusanS. Sadly, she has to return to the UK.
"...David's voice was incredible. He was hitting his notes with so much ease and holding them for SO long I found myself applauding way too early..he just carried on and on :-). It was really thrilling. He was so mobile and playful. His dancing was superb; all swishy and erotic (particularly a heartstopping, sexy dance behind Gail!) . He was full of energy, playing air guitar and bouncing so much his hair was flying around :-) He really seemed to be enjoying himself. Every song was so 'ON' I couldn't stop dancing! He was hysterically funny as always, introducing 'Ashes to Ashes' as recorded by 'Clint Eastwood'....'its my cowboy song', and offering some interesting selection advice before launching into 'Be My Wife' ;-)
...With David there are always such special visual moments to savour. Last night there was a particularly special one for me. It was the the sight of David approaching Earl Slick as he ripped into another superb solo. He stood behind him, and for a moment my whole life flashed by....he held out his arms and looked so beautiful. It was perfect..and right in front of me. :-)." SusanS.
For the remaining shows, and while the very much missed Total Blam Blam is on holiday, please send your set lists and photos, and anything else you wish to share, to spaceface and/or susans at our BowieNet addresses.
Life On Mars?
Ashes To Ashes
Be My Wife
I've Been Waiting For You
I Would Be Your Slave
I'm Afraid Of Americans
5:15 The Angels Have Gone
Heathen (The Rays)
Everyone Says Hi