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You've really made the grade
There are a number of great reviews and interesting articles online relating to David's live dates which we haven't yet brought to you in earlier news items. As promised this week, here is a round-up. You can read an extract from each article below the title, and click on the link to read the whole thing. MTV describe db as 'fantastic looking' and a 'cool cat performer', Billboard say 'Bowie maintains a certain aura of timelessness both musically and even physically', and Concert Live Wire add 'vocally Bowie has never sounded better. ...this man was ON'. Check em out!!
With his name literally in lights behind him, Bowie walked onstage with drummer Sterling Campbell and keyboard player Mike Garson to open with "Life On Mars?" Greeted by a standing ovation from the all-ages crowd of 12,000, the artist appeared as if he'd just left work on Wall Street in a smart black suit...
Bowie maintains a certain aura of timelessness both musically and even physically.... Closing the 20-song set with "Ziggy Stardust," he received an enormous applause after a stellar performance.
"..the Bowie lights got even brighter, and the crowd burst into applause"
Image : Mark Plati
A class act all the way, David Bowie had his name in lights, literally. It was a classic stage set and set the tone for the upcoming performance... Debonair David Bowie stepped onstage alone wearing a black suit vest and an untied blue tie, his blond hair blowing in the breeze. The man is fantastic looking...
As he began singing "Life on Mars?" the rest of the musicians filed onto the stage and the song came to a crescendo, the Bowie lights got even brighter, and the crowd burst into applause...
During "Fame" Bowie shone. Such the cool cat performer, he was acting out blowing on dice and shooting craps, he pretended to be a cowboy and put his guns in their holsters. He did a little shuffle from one side of the stage to the next while the music brought everyone to their feet, including one pregnant woman who said, "I need my baby to hear Bowie."... ..everyone was floored by his set, which ended with "Heathen," the title track of his new album.
Great pictures in this one!
Bowie glowed through a refreshing set of his own standards, lesser known gems and newer material... The rail-thin Bowie, looking healthier and happier than ever in a well-tailored suit reminiscent of his 1976 Thin White Duke period along with an age-defying haircut, updated old favs for the audience such as the dramatic "Life On Mars,' featuring Garson's beautiful flourishing piano, "China Girl,' where Bowie slipped in a little James Brown shuffle before Slick tore into a riveting guitar solo, and "Fame,' which was returned to its original Philly funk after his techno treatments of the song from recent tours....
Songs performed from his latest album Heathen, such as "5:15 The Angels Have Gone,' the ear-to-ear inducing smile of "Everyone Says 'Hi',' the ghostly "Heathen' and even the lively covers of The Pixies' "Cactus' and Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You,' all married perfectly with his older classic material.
Rather than just an all-hits show, however, Bowie also unearthed a couple of real gems for the jaded from his groundbreaking 1977 album Low. Tossing off his jacket the thin white one and band broke into a shattering version of "Breaking Glass,' before later revisiting the hopeful instrumental "A New Career In Town,' where Bowie joined his bandmates with the promising cries from a harmonica.
What was more evident than anything from his performance, however, was the fact that vocally Bowie has never sounded better. ...this man was ON.
British music legend David Bowie.. delivered one of the best shows of the year at the Molson Amphitheatre on Monday.
(You have already seen the Toronto Sun review of this show, but this additional article has an interesting quote from David on the success of Heathen. :-))
"The album's been selling not only very quickly but constantly. There's a consistency that is just fabulous. It's really validated the hard work that producer (Tony) Visconti and I put in."
Getting Bowie was the coup, especially on the heels of his superb new album, Heathen.
"I bought my first David Bowie record when I was 10 years old - Changesonebowie," Moby says. "I can't think of anyone who has influenced me more or been a bigger hero to me. Standing onstage while he plays every night is a dream come true. Whatever he did, he did it well. He looked amazing no matter what he was doing. But his greatest gift is as a songwriter, arranger and singer. He could have invented himself in the most interesting ways, but if he didn't have the music to back it up, he wouldn't have had this legacy. The reason people love David Bowie is because his songs are so phenomenal."
A journalist from Norwegian broadcasting met David in NY before the European leg of his tour and in Aarhus the day after his astonishing performance at the Quart festival in Kristiansand, Norway. The two interviews resulted in a 35 minutes program, which was aired last Thursday (the 8th).
The entire interview is published on the Norwegian broadcasting official web site. Look at the section titled "Lyd og bilde".
(Thanks to BowieNetter 'gags' who sent in this link, and describes David as 'open, reflective and funny'.)
And finally a solution to one of the mysteries we encountered in David's on-stage patter last week.
BowieNetter 'kato' emailed me to let me know that of course we should remember Walter.. And if you haven't discovered what 'herbal lobster' is yet, then its probably better that I don't enlighten you..