Something In The Air Canada Centre...
David Bowie's A Reality Tour stopped of at the The Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night. Both Modern Love and Starman got another dusting off after having been absent from the set for a while... Sorry for the delay in posting, but I've been waiting for some pictures... which hadn't been forthcoming.
However, BowieNetters Mr and Mrs Crosby have kindly come to my rescue by sending in a few words and pictures for your pleasure. Here are a few recollections from Lindsay, with a few of LaLaLinda's excellent pictures:
Well what does one say when they have just had a fantastic time? Yippee! I am so glad that Linda, my wife, and I are David Bowie fans and were lucky enough to get front row spots with our good friends and fellow BowieNetter Orba (Rob) and his wife Bev.
David Bowie was only feet away. Yes he sat there playing his Stylophone almost within an arms reach. I was smiling so much inside that I forgot to smile directly back at David Bowie. You know I am still kind of in awe of him and that?s what makes it so special.
David played a much different set list from the other shows that we have attended so far on this tour. It was a jolly good one though which included a wonderful acoustic version of Days. Other beauties include the return of Heathen, Quicksand, Never Get Old and Looking For Water.
I love "Heroes" and every time it's sung I want to say it was amazing. Oh, guess what? It was! Slip Away was performed with affection and if it's not one of David?s personal favorites then he?s a very good actor indeed. It?s in his eyes.
To tell you a funny story Linda, Orba and I were in so much of a hurry to get sat down to listen to The Polyphonic Spree, that when Linda stopped to shake Erik?s (David?s Bodyguard) hand and say hello, not one of us realized that David was sat only inches away from us watching The Spree. In thirty years we had never managed to get that close and when we do we didn?t see him under his baseball cap. Really it was nice to see David enjoying the support act.
On stage David was funny and responded to an amazing Toronto audience, gee do they like Bowie??Yes they do!
Being April Fools Day, David was really clever and got the audience convinced that there was not really an April Fools trick coming. Well he had me hook line and sinker and I believed him when he told the audience that Toronto is in fact Sterling Campbell?s hometown. Sterling rose up to a wonderful applause to which David replied: "but of course that was a complete lie??..April fool!"
David was talkative all through the show another little tease was that he let us think that he might play Space Oddity. He was showing off his Stylophone and eventually asked the audience to name things that we would like him to sing about. David said Major Tom as he scribbled an imaginary list on the palm of his hand. With a crafty smile and nod to the band Ashes to Ashes kicked in.
Thanx for that Lindsay... and thanx to your lovely wife for all these great pix.
There have already been a few very favourable online reviews of the Toronto show, which you can reach by clicking on the links below:
These Canadians certainly like their Bowie. Some wonderful words of appreciation in that lot... and how right they are.
Here's the officially confirmed 26-song set list that got all the reviewers so excited, sent in, as ever by HNB:
Toronto April 1st 2004
01 Rebel Rebel
02 Modern Love
03 New Killer Star
06 All The Young Dudes
07 China Girl
08 Never Get Old
09 The Loneliest Guy
10 The Man Who Sold The World
11 Hallo Spaceboy
13 Heathen (The Rays)
14 Under Pressure
16 Slip Away
17 Looking For Water
18 Ashes To Ashes
19 Hang On To Yourself
21 I'm Afraid Of Americans
24 Five Years
25 Suffragette City
26 Ziggy Stardust
Handsome Nick B accompanied the set list with another of his holiday snaps. (I'm sorry folx, we have to humour him, as rejection now would probably harm what has, so far, been a very successful return to the community for him.) This one is from his hotel window, from where he claims he saw Tokyo Joe (see previous entries for details about this companion of Nick's) waving from the building opposite. Doesn't Toronto look lovely?
A Reality Tour continues tonight with a show at The Corel Center in Ottawa, Canada.