TRAPPED IN A HIGH DOLLAR JOINT IN SOME PLACE 31st January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band performed last night in Las Vegas at the The Joint inside the Hardrock Hotel.
'Hang On To Yourself' was used as the opener for the first time during this tour and there was no encore performed. 'Loving The Alien' and 'Five Years' were on the original set-list but were dropped. The final twenty-two song list ran as follows:
01. Hang On To Yourself 02. Panic In Detroit 03. New Killer Star 04. Reality 05. Fashion 06. Cactus 07. Days 08. The Man Who Sold The World 09. Afraid 10. Hallo Spaceboy 11. Under Pressure 12. Life On Mars? 13. Ashes To Ashes 14. All The Young Dudes 15. China Girl 16. The Loneliest Guy 17. White Light, White Heat 18. I'm Afraid Of Americans 19. "Heroes" 20. Rebel Rebel 21. Suffragette City 22. Ziggy Stardust
This was the first of two sold out concerts at this venue, the second one is coming up on 6th February.
Review/Interview: Las Vegas Review Journal: Making Some Changes - [Read here]
From Eight. BOWIE IS ALL THE RAGE 30th January 2004
Slightly late notice but better than never... DAVID BOWIE fans in Australia can watch on RAGE an archived interview originally broadcast back in November 1983 on Countdown.
Tune into ABC at 1:50am (31st Jan): Rage: Countdown, Australia, ABC, 1:50am.
Countdown - 6th November, 1983 Hosted by John Paul Young Music Video Highlights / KISS - Lick It Up / JOHN PAUL YOUNG - Soldier Of Fortune / KIDS IN THE KITCHEN - Change In Mood / LIONEL RITCHIE - All Night Long / HOWARD JONES - New Song / THE POLICE - Synchronicity II / Studio Performance Highlights: THE CHAPS - McRawhide / DECKCHAIRS OVERBOARD - Shout. Interview: DAVID BOWIE.
Thanks to Christian. LOW ON THE CRITICAL LIST 30th January 2004
Tomorrow night on BBC Radio Two, you can tune into STUART MACONIE's Critical List radio programme where he suggests albums that should be in the collection of every popular music aficionado. This week's featured album is DAVID BOWIE's 'Low'.
The programme starts at 20:00 GMT until 21:00 and you can listen in online from anywhere in the world by visiting bbc.co.uk/radio2/
BROOKE FRASER TO OPEN FOR BOWIE 29th January 2004
A young Wellington singer has been picked to be the opening act for a rock legend DAVID BOWIE. Twenty-year-old BROOKE FRASER will open for Bowie at Westpac Stadium in New Zealand on February 14th.
Stadium marketing manager, Steve Thompson, says the young writer's lyrics are mature and push the boundaries, so she will fit perfectly into the David Bowie format.
Fraser's album 'What to do with Daylight' has just achieved double platinum status in New Zealand. Brooke will perform a 40-minute set with her full band.
This week 4,000 new seats were released for fans wishing to attend the David Bowie concert. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketek outlets and online at ticketek.co.nz.
DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE? 28th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE performed at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, California last night. During the show, David got Mike Garson to play of 'Do You Know The Way To San Jose?' during his welcome/hello.
David referred to the crowd as "beautiful" and "groovy", and after the sing-along arm-waving exercise of 'All The Young Dudes', he said that the response was "just about the best of this tour." He also made mention of having "gone down to the shops yesterday", trying to buy "something illegal", and ending up being handcuffed. It wasn't clear if he was kidding or not, as he didn't elaborate further.
The band produced a twenty-seven song set list, which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fame 05. Cactus 06. All The Young Dudes 07. China Girl 08. I've Been Waiting For You 09. Days 10. The Man Who Sold The World 11. Afraid 12. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon 13. The Loneliest Guy 14. Hang On To Yourself 15. Hallo Spaceboy 16. Sunday 17. Under Pressure 18. Life On Mars? 19. Never Get Old 20. Ashes To Ashes 21. White Light, White Heat 22. I'm Afraid Of Americans 23. "Heroes" Encore: 24. Bring Me The Disco King 25. Five Years 26. Suffragette City 27. Ziggy Stardust
Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle: A rock star revels in all his changes - [Read here] Contra Costa Times: Getting Ziggy With It - [Read here]
Click here to view the latest A Reality tour stats. MONTREUX FESTIVAL FOOTAGE 28th January 2004
A little-known independent British music business has beaten the world's main record companies in securing the rights to thousands of hours of footage of artists, from DAVID BOWIE to Radiohead, who have played at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The festival has agreed to a multimillion-pound offer from Eagle Rock Entertainment, based in London, to market the footage for DVDs and television.
Terry Shand, the executive chairman of Eagle Rock, said the company planned to spend "tens of millions of pounds" over the coming decade producing more than 100 DVDs of the concerts that have played at the festival over the past 37 years.
Claude Nobs, the founder of the festival, has been pursued for decades by the major music companies for the rights to reproduce footage of artists that have also included David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, The Corrs, and Bob Dylan.
BRIGHT LIGHTS... SEATTLE... PINE STREET 26th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE performed last night in Seattle at the sold-out Paramount Theatre. During the show, David borrowed a pair of sunglasses from a fan at the front because of the bright spotlights.
db and the band produced a twenty-six song set list, which included four Low songs in a row. The set list was as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fame 05. Cactus 06. All The Young Dudes 07. China Girl 08. I've Been Waiting For You 09. Days 10. A New Career In A New Town 11. Breaking Glass 12. Be My Wife 13. Always Crashing In The Same Car 14. The Man Who Sold The World 15. Hallo Spaceboy 16. Sunday 17. Under Pressure 18. Life On Mars? 19. Panic In Detroit 20. Ashes To Ashes 21. White Light, White Heat 22. I'm Afraid Of Americans 23. "Heroes" Encore: 24. Five Years 25. Suffragette City 26. Ziggy Stardust
Click here to view some photographs from Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
From Zigbot. BUNNY GIRL IN VANCOUVER 25th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band performed in Vancouver last night at the General Motors Place Bowl sold-out show.
Throughout the show there was some great banter with the audience and in particular a girl called Isabelle dressed in a bunny costume!
They performed a twenty-eight song set list, which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fame 05. Cactus 06. She'll Drive The Big Car 07. All The Young Dudes 08. China Girl 09. I've Been Waiting For You 10. Days 11. A New Career In A New Town 12. Breaking Glass 13. The Man Who Sold The World 14. Hallo Spaceboy 15. Sunday 16. Under Pressure 17. Life On Mars? 18. Panic In Detroit 19. Ashes To Ashes 20. White Light, White Heat 21. I'm Afraid Of Americans 22. "Heroes" Encore: 23. The Loneliest Guy 24. Blue Jean 25. Hang On To Yourself 26. Five Years 27. Suffragette City 28. Ziggy Stardust
From Mark S BOWIE BUZZ HITS EDMONTON 24th January 2004
The Edmonton Journal are reporting that DAVID BOWIE could well be performing in Edmonton in the Spring. They suggest the show could be somewhere near his April 1st appearance in Toronto.
David played Calgary's Saddledome this week and earned raves for his career-surveying show.
Nearly half the tickets for DAVID BOWIE's Wellington concert have been sold to fans from outside the capital. Bowie performs one New Zealand show only, at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on February 14th.
Out-of-town fans would bring millions of dollars into the Wellington economy, Positively Wellington Tourism chief Tim Cossar said. "It's huge for us in terms of numbers. We're talking about 10,000 or more people coming from outside of town... the Visitor Information Centre has already been inundated with inquiries."
He said it was hard to predict exactly how much the fans might spend during their stay, but it would likely be between $5 million and $8 million. "It's a pretty significant economic contribution."
Stadium marketing manager Steven Thompson said it was already virtually impossible to find accommodation in Wellington for the weekend of the February 14 concert. "We even had a hard time finding somewhere for the crew and the guys who put up the scaffolding to stay. We eventually found them an apartment to stay in."
The stage setting for the concert has now been finalised, resulting in 4000 further tickets becoming available and increasing the total capacity for the concert to 28,000 seats. It will be the first all-reserved-seating concert at the stadium.
"With an 80 foot stage located on the western side of the stadium all seats have great views of the performance stage and Bowie is playing over two hour sets on his current tour, so it is going to be an amazing concert experience," Mr Thompson said.
From The New Zealand Herald. DAVID ROCKS THE DOME 22nd January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band returned to Canada to bring their 'A Reality' live sold out show to the Pengrowth Saddledome, in Calgary, Canada last night.
David wearing his "Radical" slogan chic t-shirt, performed a twenty-five song set list to the 13,000 strong audience. During the show, a comical David stopped the intro to 'China Girl' short because the sing-a-long from the audience wasn't to his liking, mothering as he did, "That was (expletive) tragic."
The Neil Young cover on Heathen, 'I've Been Waiting For You' got it's second only hearing during this tour so far.
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fame 05. Cactus 06. All The Young Dudes 07. China Girl 08. I've Been Waiting For You 09. Days 10. The Man Who Sold The World 11. Hallo Spaceboy 12. Sunday 13. Under Pressure 14. Life On Mars? 15. Panic In Detroit 16. Ashes To Ashes 17. White Light, White Heat 18. I'm Afraid Of Americans 19. "Heroes" Encore: 20. The Loneliest Guy 21. Blue Jean 22. Hang On To Yourself 23. Five Years 24. Suffragette City 25. Ziggy Stardust
Thanks to Robert and Alex for the set list info. DAVID DOES DENVER 20th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band performed a "blasting" sold-out concert last night in Denver at the Fillmore Auditorium.
A fabulous quote from the Denver Post review stated: "Bowie's reality doesn't bite. It rocks. And it's not showing any signs of fading away, either."
The intimate 3,600 audience members were witness to a twenty-nine song set list, which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. She'll Drive The Big Car 05. Hang On To Yourself 06. Cactus 07. All The Young Dudes 08. China Girl 09. Fantastic Voyage 10. The Loneliest Guy 11. Days 12. The Man Who Sold The World 13. Hallo Spaceboy 14. Sunday 15. Under Pressure 16. Life On Mars? 17. Changes 18. Fame 19. Never Get Old 20. Panic In Detroit 21. Ashes To Ashes 22. White Light, White Heat 23. I'm Afraid Of Americans 24. "Heroes" Encore: 25. Bring Me The Disco King 26. Blue Jean 27. Five Years 28. Suffragette City 29. Ziggy Stardust
EXCLUSIVE ON-LINE SLICK INTERVIEW 20th January 2004
Check out an exclusive on-line interview with legendary guitarist EARL SLICK on the ConcertLivewire.com website.
The interview was conducted last Thursday in Chicago during his day off from performing three sold-out shows at the Rosemont Theatre with DAVID BOWIE.
From Tony Bonyata ConcertLivewire.com - Editor. HONG KONG DATE SET AND CONFIRMED 18th January 2004
Another new confirmed show for DAVID BOWIE's Asian leg of his 'A Reality' tour is Sunday March 14th in Hong Kong at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai.
The Asian leg will run from the first show 4th March through to the last show on the 14th. The two new confirmed shows are:
March 4th: Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium [website] March 14th: Hong Kong, Wanchai, Convention and Exhibition Centre [website]
Tickets for the Singapore show are on sale now via www.sistic.com.sg and tickets for the Hong Kong show go on sale tomorrow. Venue Booking Hotline: (852) 2582 1111 and try hkticketing.com
Info via TotalBlamBlam @ BowieNet BOWIE'S COMING TO SINGAPORE 17th January 2004
THE STRAITS TIMES are reporting today that Singapore is DAVID BOWIE's first stop on the Asian leg of his Reality tour, which kicks off on March 4th.
Bowie, who is 57, last performed in Singapore in December 1983, as part of the Serious Moonlight Tour at the National Stadium. Some 10,000 people attended the concert then. This time around, he will be here as part of the Asian leg of his Reality tour, on the back of his recently released album of the same name. He has already sold out concerts in Britain, Europe, North America and Australia.
Singapore will be his first Asian stop, after which he will proceed to play dates in Hong Kong and Japan. The tour, organised by New York-based events organiser Clear Channel Entertainment and Hong Kong-based concert promoter Live Limited, is scheduled to play to over one million people in 17 countries over a seven-month period.
Ms Colleen Ironside, managing director of Live Limited, who organised The Rolling Stones concerts here in March last year, says: 'We're really excited about bringing Bowie to the region. The show is going to be absolutely fabulous. He and his band look great, and they sound superb.'
She adds that it will cost around $1 million to bring the star to Singapore.
Ms Ironside says: 'Basically, Bowie just wants to re-visit his fans in Asia.
'He's doing a world tour and he just wants to come out to play.'
Tickets for David Bowie's Reality Tour concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, priced between $75, $125, $195 and $255 go on sale today at Sistic (tel: 6348-5555 or www.sistic.com.sg).
From The Straites Times.
CHICAGO ROSEMONT SHOW #3 17th January 2004
Updated setlist... DAVID BOWIE and his band played the final concert of three sold out shows in Chicago a few hours ago at the Rosemont Theatre.
'Blue Jean' was introduced into the set for the first during this tour, and also first time performances in the US of Slip Away, Bring Me The Disco King, A New Career In A New Town and Sound And Vision.
The fabulous thirty-one song set list ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Let's Dance 04. Reality 05. Hang On To Yourself 06. Fame 07. Cactus 08. Sound And Vision 09. All The Young Dudes 10. China Girl 11. Fantastic Voyage 12. 5:15 The Angels Have Gone 13. Days 14. The Man Who Sold The World 15. Hallo Spaceboy 16. Sunday 17. Under Pressure 18. Life On Mars? 19. Slip Away 20. A New Career In A New Town 21. Breaking Glass 22. Panic In Detroit 23. Ashes To Ashes 24. White Light, White Heat 25. I'm Afraid Of Americans 26. "Heroes" Encore: 27. Bring Me The Disco King 28. Blue Jean 29. Five Years 30. Suffragette City 31. Ziggy Stardust
Thanks to CMJLR [plus text messenger], Phil and NeonDiz for the correct and complete update. UPCOMING USA DB TV 17th January 2004
Update: DB has said he's not doing Leno or Ellen this time through CA, but maybe later in the year when he comes back.
DAVID BOWIE is scheduled to appear on the following two USA television shows this month. First up on Wednesday 28th January is an appearance on the TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno at 11:35pm ET on NBC. Also guesting is Ashton Kutcher. (Don't forget if you've got a top box/freeview in the UK you can pick up this show the day after on the FTN channel at 22:00 GMT).
Then two days later on Friday 30th January David makes a guest appearance on the ELLEN DEGENERES show at 9:00am ET. Click here for various times and tv stations.
BWW UPDATES AND NEW STUFF 16th January 2004
Finally got around to updating the ARTS LAB fan contributions section. There are several new artwork galleries from Ania, Hero, Paul and Yoko, as well as new pieces from Karin and Jessica. Check out the new contributions here...
Big influx of press articles and interviews added into the PRESS ARCHIVES section, mainly from 2004 and 2003. I've still got literally thousands of articles and interviews to type out, when will it end? Special thanks to John H for sending me (by good old fashioned Royal Mail) the rare 'Bowie Meets Springsteen' article from 1974 at Sigma Sounds - great read...
DAVID BOWIE and his band played the second of three sold out shows in Chicago last night at the intimate Rosemont Theatre.
They played a twenty-six song set list which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Afraid 04. Hang On To Yourself 05. Fashion 06. Cactus 07. Starman 08. China Girl 09. Fantastic Voyage 10. She'll Drive The Big Car 11. Days 12. The Man Who Sold The World 13. Hallo Spaceboy 14. Heathen (The Rays) 15. Under Pressure 16. Life On Mars? 17. Panic In Detroit 18. Ashes To Ashes 19. Never Get Old 20. White Light, White Heat 21. I'm Afraid Of Americans 22. "Heroes" Encore: 23. Let's Dance 24. Always Crashing In The Same Car 25. Suffragette City 26. Ziggy Stardust
Review: The Daily Northwestern: Bowie's 'Reality' meets his past- [read here]
Set list courtesy of SeaSun. THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE 15th January 2004
Check out a great DAVID BOWIE review from the Rosemont Theatre show (13th Jan) along with some excellent photographs by Tony Bonyata on the Concert LiveWire website...
Euphoricsounds.com are reporting the following scheduled DAVID BOWIE releases†on DVD Audio... David Live and Stage which are scheduled for July.†Also Let's Dance is also on it's way. It will be interesting to see how this one fairs with the SACD edition. [read here] - (thanks to TheLodger for the pointer)...
French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles are reporting that the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE Reality tour DVD filmed in Dublin is scheduled to be released on 23rd March...
DAVID BOWIE appears on the forthcoming Rykodisc 20-year-anniversary double-disc compilation CD due for release on February 3rd. The CD sports a host of rock evergreens, such as Bowie's 'Changes,' Devo's 'Satisfaction,' Nick Drake's 'Pink Moon,' Hendrix's 'Fire' and Zappa's 'Joe's Garage.' Also featured are cuts by Sugar, Golden Smog, the Replacements, Big Star, Nils Lofgren, Mission Of Burma, Richard Thompson, Yoko Ono and late comedian Bill Hicks...
'Glastonbury Festival Tales', the first book to reveal the inside story behind the legendary music festival, is to be published on June 3rd. Featuring the words of performers such as DAVID BOWIE, Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Chemical Brothers and largely unseen photographs, the book traces the history of Glastonbury from its beginnings as a small local festival in 1970 to today's mammoth summer event. Written by John Shearlaw and Crispin Aubrey, the book will also include interviews with everyone involved in the festival, from welfare workers, festival goers and stage builders to the organisers Michael and Emily Eavis...
CHICAGO ROSEMONT SHOW #1 14th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band played the first of three sold out shows in Chicago last night at the intimate Rosemont Theatre.
They played a twenty-five song set list which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Hang On To Yourself 05. Fame 06. Cactus 07. All The Young Dudes 08. China Girl 09. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon 10. The Loneliest Guy 11. The Man Who Sold The World 12. Hallo Spaceboy 13. Sunday 14. Under Pressure 15. Life On Mars? 16. Battle For Britain (The Letter) 17. Ashes To Ashes 18. Changes 19. White Light, White Heat 20. I'm Afraid Of Americans 21. "Heroes" Encore: 22. Pablo Picasso 23. Five Years 24. Suffragette City 25. Ziggy Stardust
Reviews: Concert LiveWire: Time is still on Bowie's side - [read here] LiveReview: David Bowie at Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL - [read here] The Daily Northwestern: Bowie's 'Reality' meets his past - [read here] Chicago Tribune: Bowie is newly relevant and ferocious, but Gray misses the mark - [read here]
From rghjr and SS. DB NOMINATED IN IRELAND MUSIC AWARDS 13th January 2004
In this year's Meteor Ireland Music Awards, DAVID BOWIE has been nominated in the 'Best International Male' category.
The other male artists battling it out via public voting are: Nick Cave, Justin Timberlake and Robbie Williams.
The awards take place at Dublin's Point Theatre on 1st March, with tickets going on sale 23 January.
Check out www.irma.ie for updates and details on how to vote in the next few days.
BRITS NOMINATION FOR DAVID 12th January 2004
Well that rumour/leaked piece of paper a few weeks back in one of the daily tabloids was correct for once. DAVID BOWIE has been nominated in the 2004 Brit Awards in the 'Best British Male' category.
Nominees in this category are: Badly Drawn Boy, Daniel Bedingfield, David Bowie, Dizzee Rascal and Will Young.
The Brit Awards will take place at Earl's Court in London on Tuesday February 17th and will be broadcast live on ITV1.
DAVID HITS THE TARGET 12th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band landed in Minneapolis last night performing at the Target Center Theatre and performed a twenty-eight song set list, which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fashion 05. Hang On To Yourself 06. Fame 07. Cactus 08. All The Young Dudes 09. China Girl 10. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon 11. The Man Who Sold The World 12. Hallo Spaceboy 13. Sunday 14. Under Pressure 15. Life On Mars? 16. Battle For Britain (The Letter) 17. Ashes To Ashes 18. Changes 19. Panic In Detroit 20. I'm Afraid Of Americans 21. "Heroes" Encore: 22. Pablo Picasso 23. Be My Wife 24. Fantastic Voyage 25. White Light, White Heat 26. Five Years 27. Suffragette City 28. Ziggy Stardust
Reviews: Star Tribune: Bowie has fun with Target Center crowd - [read here] Pioneer Press: Bowie bridges decades with ease - [read here]
Tomorrow sees David play the first of three shows at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
From TotalBlamBlam @ BowieNet. DAVID IN THE MOTOR CITY 9th January 2004
Updated: Live as it happens... DAVID BOWIE and his band have just finished their gig tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
With a massive ten song encore, tonight was the second longest show of the whole tour. They played the wholly appropriate 'Panic In Detroit' for the first time during this tour. Altogether they performed a fabulous thirty-two song set list which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Panic In Detroit 05. Fashion 06. Hang On To Yourself 07. Fame 08. Cactus 09. All The Young Dudes 10. China Girl 11. The Loneliest Guy 12. The Man Who Sold The World 13. Hallo Spaceboy 14. Sunday 15. Under Pressure 16. Life On Mars? 17. Ashes To Ashes 18. She'll Drive The Big Car 19. Never Get Old 20. Changes 21. I'm Afraid Of Americans 22. "Heroes" Encore: 23. Afraid 24. Be My Wife 25. 5:15 The Angels Have Gone 26. Fantastic Voyage 27. Breaking Glass 28. Let's Dance 29. White Light, White Heat 30. Five Years 31. Suffragette City 32. Ziggy Stardust
Thanks to cmljr on the MB and the wonders of text messaging via Greg, LaLaLinda and Lindzay. Thanks to Charles, Aaron, Ray and Stephanie K for the updates :) SHIMMERED AND STROLLED LIKE A CHICAGO MOLL 9th January 2004
As Chicago gets ready for the DAVID BOWIE Reality tour to hit town at the Rosemont Theatre for three intimate sold out shows on 13th, 14th and 16th January, several newspapers have exclusive interviews with the main man.
Northwest Indiana News have published David Bowie is back interview by Tom Lounges, done via a trans-Atlantic call after performing a nearly three-hour concert in Dublin.
Highlights include: "I have always loved all kinds of music," Bowie said. "The person who set it aflame for me way back when I was 9 years old was Little Richard. "But when I became more serious and when I was starting to write, I was listening to everyone and everything. I've been influenced by so much and so many... Little Richard, Charlie Mingus, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground."
And talking about his Grammy award nomination for 'New Killer Star' David said: "I'm very thrilled and honored of course, but awards and such are not really that important to me." [Read here]
Also in Chicago's Sun Times, Jim DeGrogatis delivers an interesting exclusive interview entitled David Bowie's new scary monsters conducted from his home in Manhattan, as he was recovering from his bad bout of flu.
Highlights include: "What's most encouraging about your career is that you've always struggled to avoid the dreaded curse of nostalgia?"
DB: [Laughs] "Every artist that I adore has worked in that way, whether it's a Neil Young or a Bob Dylan. If I'm going to do something that is provoking and relevant, I have to be prepared to take really loony chances, and I have no fear of failure whatsoever because often out of that something is salvaged, something that is worthwhile comes about. The only failures that I think have just not been worth it are the ones where I'm pandering to somebody else's tastes, and nothing comes out of that situation except a kind of an inward humiliation." [Read here]
WELCOME TO THE GARSON GAZETTE 9th January 2004
Who said all good things must come to an end?... If you were once subscribed to the 'Now! Music Newsletter' - the e-newsletter of pianist, composer and artist MIKE GARSON. Unfortunately, this service was discontinued for technical reasons.
However, just in time for the start of the North American leg of the 'Reality' tour, we have a new mailing list - the GARSON GAZETTE! As was the case before, this newsletter provides current information and updates about Mike! You will also receive concert dates, special announcements and exclusive content, plus notices of new website features.
Want to sign up? It's easy: Send a message to GarsonGazettefirstname.lastname@example.org with the word 'subscribe' in the Subject field. It's that easy! Once you sign up you will be provided with instructions on how to manage your account. Or, you can always visit Mike's website for more information!
From Matt Gilbert [webmaster @ mikegarson.com] REALITY TOPS BBC POLL 9th January 2004
Well, the result is clear and the time is right! DAVID BOWIE and his latest album Reality has won the BBC Album of the Year with a whopping 86%!
David Bowie, Reality - 2058 votes The Beatles, Let It Be...Naked - 124 votes Kraftwerk, Tour De France Soundtracks - 66 votes Neil Young, Greendale - 65 votes Steely Dan, Everything Must Go - 43 votes Paddy MacAloon, I Trawl The Megahertz - 25 votes Robert Palmer, Drive - 18 votes
Go and visit the BBC website and read some of the comments made about the poll.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DAVID! 8th January 2004
To David Wishing you a wonderful birthday Have a fantastic day
Best wishes and lots of love from Paul, Dawn, the kids and everyone here at Wonderworld xxxx
OTHER HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES 8th January 2004
Besides our DAVID, other famous and well known people also born on the 8th January include...
Elvis Presley (singer), Ron Moody (actor), Larry Storch (actor/comedian), Soupy Sales (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine, Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress) and Gabby Hoffman (actress).
WELCOME BACK TO REALITY 8th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE and his band recommenced their 'A Reality' world tour last night at Cleveland State University Convocation Center, in Ohio, USA.
They performed a twenty-six song set list which ran as follows:
01. Rebel Rebel 02. New Killer Star 03. Reality 04. Fashion 05. Hang On To Yourself 06. Fame 07. Cactus 08. All The Young Dudes 09. China Girl 10. The Loneliest Guy 11. The Man Who Sold The World 12. Hallo Spaceboy 13. Sunday 14. Under Pressure 15. Life On Mars? 16. Ashes To Ashes 17. Changes 18. I'm Afraid Of Americans 19. "Heroes" Encore: 20. Afraid 21. Be My Wife 22. Fantastic Voyage 23. White Light White Heat 24. Five Years 25. Suffragette City 26. Ziggy Stardust
GUS on the BWW Message Board said about the performance: "The crowd was fantastic; before the show started you would have thought David would have a hard time getting this crowd revved up. No such problem. Rebel Rebel immediately got the crowd standing up and in a frenzy. After the second song, David commented on the crowd saying it was as vocal as Uncasville, and thereafter he kept thanking us, saying how happy he was to be back in Cleveland, and commenting on how loud it was. He got huge applause after every song he played. Cleveland really liked David's show a lot...
"Highlights were All The Young Dudes which had every person in a sing-a-long, Fashion rocked, and The Loneliest Guy was very well received. Before The Man Who Sold The World David commented on Cleveland as being the only city to play this song. Sunday, Under Pressure and Ashes To Ashes were also well received...
"The cream of the show was the encore, seven songs and all excellent. He came out and said he wanted to stay a while if that was OK with everyone, and soon as he started with Afraid I knew it was going to be a long encore. Be My Wife absolutely rocked as did White Light/White Heat. Holy crap did they jam the heck out of that one. It was a perfect song for Cleveland. I was overjoyed at Fantastic Voyage and the Five Years was just fantastic. The whole encore was just amazing for me, and it's what made the show special." [Read fan reviews]
From Robert and review highlights from Gus. BUT I'D RATHER STAY HERE... 7th January 2004
DAVID BOWIE, Brian Wilson and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are among those contributing tracks to the upcoming Shout! Factory soundtrack to the documentary 'Mayor of the Sunset Strip'. The album is due March 18th.
The George Hickenlooper-directed film, scheduled to hit theaters March 26, chronicles the career of Los Angeles DJ Rodney 'On the Roq' Bingenheimer, who has broken many successful acts on his show on the city's KROQ-FM. Wilson's 'Rodney on the Roq' kicks off the set, which also includes an as-yet-unnamed in-studio performance by Coldplay's Chris Martin and a previously unreleased 1971 performance of 'All The Madmen' by David Bowie.
AND THE REALITY CONTINUES 7th January 2004
After the Christmas holiday break, DAVID BOWIE's 'A Reality' world tour kicks off again tonight at the Convocation Center at Cleveland State University, in Ohio, USA.
Fans attending the shows... please keep on sending in those set-lists, reviews and your photographs.
Best wishes to David, the band and crew for the rest of the tour... break a leg guys.
VAMPIRES AND HUMAN FLESH 6th January 2004
Scheduled for release by Warner Home Video sees a season of monster mashing in June marks the arrival of Van Helsing on the silver screen with THE HUNGER, Fearless Vampire Killers and more from Hammer. Movies are digitally remastered where possible and stunningly repackaged and loaded with bonus material.
And talking of Vampires... Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment have now officially announced the Region 1 DVD release of UNDERWORLD for 6th January 2004. Arriving in separate Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen editions you will find the following features:
English and French DD5.1 Surround / English, French and Spanish subtitles / Director and Cast Commentary / Technical Commentary / Writer's Commentary / The Look of Underworld Featurette / Make-up and Effects Featurette / Production Featurette / Stunts Featurette / Storyboard Comparison / Bonus Trailers. Buy NOW and receive 25% off.
The Region 2 version (Europe, Middle East and Japan) is released on 9th January. Buy now and save 30%
And even more vampires... For Boston Fans: The Hunger will be playing at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge at 10pm Friday, January 9th as part of the Cambridge Queer Weekend. more at brattlefilm.org
From GP and BrodieMan. LABYRINTH COLLECTORS EDITION 2004 5th January 2004
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of LABYRINTH Collector's Edition for 3rd February 2004. This box set features a new Collector's Edition DVD with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and hundreds of rarely seen elements from Henson's archives including photo galleries, storyboard images and concept art.
The Box Set also contains exclusive Labyrinth collectibles such as rarely seen Character Sketch Cards by Brian Froud, a Collector's Edition booklet and a limited edition animation cell.
DVD Special Features New To This Edition: - Four Photo Galleries - Behind the Scenes / Cast / Characters / Concept Art - Vintage Posters Gallery - Storyboards - Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound
Other DVD Special Features: - 'Inside the Labyrinth' making-of featurette - Theatrical Trailers - Talent Files - Digitally Remastered Audio and Anamorphic Video - Remastered in High Definition - Widescreen Presentation
Subtitles: English, Spanish - Interactive Menus - Scene Selections
Exclusive Collectible Items: - Limited Edition Animation Cell - Rarely Seen Character Sketch Cards by Brian Froud - Collector's Edition Booklet
'DREAM REALITY' TRIBUTE IN ADELAIDE 4th January 2004
TRIBUTE is a show dedicated to the 20th centuries most timeless talents. Every 3rd week of the month, the worlds most famous and infamous are depicted by performers who dedicate virtually every waking moment to emulating their chosen personality.
The featured DAVID BOWIE tribute show is set for Saturday January 17th (Half price preview Thursday January 15th) at 8:30 pm and is performed by musician/singer and long time Grace Emily personality, Denis Kirkham.
The idea has been percolating in Denis's soul for over two years and will feature a top line-up of musicians, one having previously backed Santana.
The wait is over! After much speculation, final confirmation that DAVID BOWIE will play at the Supreme Court Gardens, Perth, Australia on Monday 1st March 2004 on the Australian leg of his 'A Reality' world tour.
For this final Australian show, tickets go on sale on Monday 19th January from BOCS Ticketing - there is an exclusive Internet pre-sale offer on Friday 16th January through to Sunday 18th January.
Reminder: Don't forget that the annual Italian DAVID BOWIE fan tribute takes place from the 4th - 6th January 2004 in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. Full details can be found on last months news page or by visiting www.moonagedaydream.it...
The latest 'unconfirmed' word on the street in Spain is that DAVID BOWIE is all set to perform in Spain at the Xacobeo 2004 - Santiago de Compostela - (from Mario)...
DAVID BOWIE LIVE TRIBUTE SHOW 2nd January 2004
There's a special DAVID BOWIE tribute show happening this month...
'Space Oddity' - DAVID BRIGHTON's Tribute to David Bowie will be appearing live in concert on: January 16th 2004 at BB King's Blues Club, Universal City Walk, Second Level, 1000 Universal Center Drive, Universal City, CA, USA 91608.
Reservations: (818) 622-5464. Opening act: Bella Donna - the brilliant tribute to Stevie Nicks. Showtime: 8:45 pm / Space Oddity's showtime - 10:00 pm.
There are FREE TICKETS available to Bowie fans who visit their website at DavidBowieTribute.com and either download them from the site (after Jan 1st) or who email in and ask for them.
From David Brighton. LATEST ISSUE OF THE VOYEUR FANZINE AVAILABLE 1st January 2004
The December 2003 issue of THE VOYEUR is out now!
International DAVID BOWIE fanclub 'The Voyeur' again managed to produce another beautiful Bowie magazine. Next to a lot of interesting articles as an extra this edition contains four full colour pages with unique photographs from The Voyeur's own photographer Antoine Loogman.
In this December issue you can read all about the Tommy Hilfiger photoshoot and David and Iman's stay in Amsterdam.
Also in this edition reviews from European Reality concerts, dvd reviews and much, much more.
[Click here for sneak preview of several pages] - also in this issue:
Watch out for 'The Voyeur' Welcome to 'The Voyeur' Bowie, fans and paparazzi Rumours and lies and stories they made up Rotterdam (4:45 sharp) Thrill of excitement in Zurich (by Willy-Jan van Gemert and Leon Haan) Frankfurt (concert review) Four full colour pages with unique photographs Reality live 2003 (by Allert van Harten) DVD 15 (official and unofficial DVD releases) Dublin, Ireland, 2003.11.22 (by Dara O'Kearney) Dublin, Ireland, 2003.11.23 (by Dara O'Kearney) Reality World tour 2003-2004 European song schedule
From Peter Smit @ 'The Voyeur'. BOWIE FAN TICKET CLASSIFIEDS 1st January 2004
Let's beat the ticket touts with the 'A Reality' Tour Ticket Exchange. If you were unfortunate enough not to be able to buy the tickets you wanted for the DAVID BOWIE forthcoming Reality shows you can now post your own classified ads yourself to trade/swop/sell tickets with other Bowie fans worldwide.
There must be around 40 or so classified ads up there now. Please let me know if you get sorted and need your advertisement removing. Big thanks and respect to all you db fans who are willing to sell their spare tickets at cost price and help out their fellow fans.
Feel free to add your own wanted/exchange/swop/for sale classified advertisements here...
Either email in and I'll post up on your behalf or even easier - do it yourself. Make sure you add a password if you want to alter your advertisement later. Please note: Anyone deemed to be "ripping off" fans will get their advert deleted and blocked from posting again.
"May the db fan force be with you."
'BOWIE: 78-90' PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION 1st January 2004
Update: Please note new starting date of exhibition...
DAVID BOWIE is one of the most prolific performers of his generation and this coming February, Proud Galleries will celebrate his impressive career with a stunning exhibition of work called 'Bowie:78-90' by renowned rock photographer DENIS O'REGAN. The show will open in London on 6th February and run until 26th March 2004.
Featuring over 30 pictures, many of which have never been published before, Bowie: 78-90 at London's Proud Camden will provide a unique and personal insight into one of the world's most enigmatic entertainers.
Beginning in 1978, Denis O'Regan's photographs capture three decades of Bowie's mesmerizing performances. From America to Australia, Europe to Asia we see Bowie at his very best, entrancing audiences with his music and inspiring them with his on stage theatrics.
However, it is O'Regan's photography from the 1980's which makes his archive so unique. As the official photographer for the 1983 Serious Moonlight world tour as well as on the highly theatrical 1987 Glass Spider spectacular, O'Regan was able to capture the man that few photographers have been lucky enough to meet - the man behind the make up, the real David Bowie.
O'Regan toured with Bowie for a total of two years and during this time he was able to capture Bowie as never before. Images include Bowie sharing a joke with old friend Mick Jagger, relaxing on the terrace in Singapore, being measured for his Madame Tussaud's waxwork, relaxing on the river in Bangkok as well as many other private moments.
Through O'Regan's stunning photography we are given a greater insight into this musical icon, this an insightful show which is a must for any David Bowie follower.
O'Regan's photographic career sprang out of his devotion to music. Having been entranced by Rock & Roll following a Beatles concert in 1964, O'Regan began to explore ways which he could involve himself in music. Whilst working as a Lloyd's insurance underwriter O'Regan began pursuing photography at night, successfully capturing the likes of Queen during their early years.
In the late 1970's Punk exploded onto the music scene and the timing couldn't have been better. With many of the older photographers preferring not to cover these unpredictable events, O'Regan was able to fill a gap in the market. His classic pictures of the likes of Debbie Harry, The Clash, Iggy Pop and Sid Vicious were lining the pages of NME - and he soon became their biggest contributor.
The demise of Punk coincided with the untimely death of O'Regan's mother from cancer and having found himself at cross-roads he made the decision to quit his day-job and pursue photography full time. O'Regan noticed that a number of bands were touring and finding success in Europe before going on to becoming a hit in the UK. O'Regan decided that if he went with such up and coming bands as Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, he would be able to capture an unseen side of the bands before they made it big. The gamble paid off and O'Regan's star continued to rise.
A chance meeting with Alvena Bridges, the Rolling Stones' tour publicist in 1982 led to O'Regan becoming the official photographer for the Stones on their tour. This was the break that would lead to touring opportunities with David Bowie, Queen, and Pink Floyd to name but a few. O'Regan was also the official photographer for Live Aid in 1995 and had the idea of producing an accompanying book and under his co-ordination it went on to become a record-breaking bestseller.
"Working with David Bowie was like a dream come true because he was one of the main reasons that I got involved in photography," explains O'Regan. "He was always such a great performer - Ziggy Stardust was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. I wanted to capture that memory and take it home with me.
"I got to spend two years of my life in this man's company, all day every day. I toured the world twice with him and, en route, grew to respect a very remarkable personality. Bowie is one of the most rounded and interesting people in the Rock industry. Well read and widely travelled he is fascinating company. Off-stage he has a razor-edged wit, a very agile mind and he is a master raconteur. On-stage he fuses music with mime, theatre and cabaret to bring a new and dramatic dimension to Rock."
You can attend the exhibition at:
Proud Camden 10 Greenland Street, Camden, London NW1 0ND, England.