JEAN GENIE IN SOUTHAMPTON THIS WEEKEND 30th January 2007
DAVID BOWIE tribute band JEAN GENIE are playing The Brook, in Southampton, England this coming Saturday night (3rd February).
Tickets are available at £8. Box Office Hours - 1.00pm - 7.00pm Mon - Sat (023) 8055 5366 or via the website Buy 24 Hours.
Venue: The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3AN.
Jean Genie were formed in 1993 in Birmingham by John Mainwaring the lead vocalist of the band. They play all over the world and pay tribute to Bowie's music of the 70s, 80s and 90s. John has had many recording contracts with major companies under different guises and has toured with David Bowie's original band of the early 70s - The Spiders From Mars - being their vocalist. John has been produced by Bowie's producer Tony Visconti in the early 80s and worked with Jarvis Cocker of Pulp and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. He has also had a number one hit in The Lebanon in 1990. John also performed at the ICA in London for the Ziggy Stardust show.
More details and information can be found @ The-Brook.com website.
Thanks to Aladinvein for the pointer.
ARNOLD LAYNE IN CHARTS AROUND EUROPE 29th January 2007
The new single release 'Arnold Layne' by DAVID GILMOUR featuring DAVID BOWIE hit the top ten in Italy with a bullet with a new entry at number two! In Denmark it entered the charts at number 8, went down three and then back up to seven.
There are also very respectable top twenty places in Spain (#14), Greece (#18) and the United Kingdom (#19).
(Ed. While I'm mentioning charts... 'Peace On Earth'/Little Drummer Boy' by David Bowie and Bing Crosby is placed at number 5 in the Canadian Top 50).
EXTRAS DOWN UNDER NEXT MONTH 29th January 2007
DAVID BOWIE fans Down Under finally get the chance to see David appearing in the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant comedy series EXTRAS next month.
This new 2nd series kicks off on 14th February, with David appearing on the second episode which airs on Wednesday 21st February on ABC Channel 2 at 9:00pm.
There's a great Gervais interview on the A.V. Club website - one of the questions posed was:
AVC: One of the funniest scenes in season two is when David Bowie writes a song about you in a bar. Did he write that himself?
RG: "He wrote the music, [but not] the lyrics. I sent him the script and I said, 'We thought maybe it could be quite retro, something off Hunky Dory, with an anthemic chorus, like 'Life On Mars.' He went, 'Oh, sure, I'll just knock off a 'Life On Mars.' And I laughed and went, 'Oh, yeah, that did sound quite insulting, didn't it?' He knew what to give us. He gave us über-Bowie. [Sings.] 'See his pug-nosed face' The crew was singing it for about a week."
IT'S JUST THE POWER TO CHARM 29th January 2007
THE LAST TOWN CHORUS band featuring Megan Hickey are currently on tour in the US previewing their latest album Wire Waltz.
The album already released in the UK, gets a release on 6th March on the HackTone Records label in the USA.
The band have just completed their latest compelling promotional video for their haunting first single and cover of DAVID BOWIE's 1983 hit 'Modern Love'.
To celebrate the 70th birthday of composer PHILIP GLASS there are a variety of events taking place in Nashville, Tennessee between February 12th-18th.
One in particular that will be of interest to DAVID BOWIE fans takes place next month on 18th February.
The Philip Glass Ensemble are to perform a retrospective at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Laura Turner Concert Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The 10-member group will play excerpts from 'The Low Symphony' based on music by David Bowie, the operas 'Einstein On The Beach', 'The Photographer' and music from the films 'Koyaanisqatsi' and 'The Truman Show', amongst others.
The performance starts at 8:00pm and tickets are priced $32.50 - $102.50.
The new SCOTT WALKER documentary movie directed by Stephen Kijak and featuring the executive producer DAVID BOWIE is screened at the Berlin, Glasgow and Dublin film festivals next month.
Berlin 57th Film Festival 13th February: CineStar 7 at 17:00 14th February: CineStar 7 at 12:00 16th February: Colosseum 1 at 15:30 17th February: CineStar 7 at 22:30 More information and details can be found at berlinale.de website.
Glasgow Film Festival 2007 24th February: Grosvenor Cinema, Screen 1 at 11:30pm 25th February: GFT Screen 1 at 1:30pm Tickets on sale now [More details]
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 18th February: IFI Screen 1 at 6:20pm [More details]
The documentary movie looks at the influential and enigmatic musician, featuring interviews with friends and fans including David Bowie, Brian Eno, Jarvis Cocker, Radiohead, Damon Albarn, Neil Hannon, Alison Goldfrapp, Sting, Richard Hawley, Johnny Marr, Simon Raymonde, Lulu, Ute Lemper, Marc Almond and more.
The movie is due in selected theatres via Verve Pictures on 27th April and you can also check out the official UK theatrical trailer below via YouTube.
BOWIE TRIBUTE NIGHT IN BRIGHTON 24th January 2007
THE ARGUS have announced a special DAVID BOWIE belated birthday tribute night taking place on Thursday (25th Jan) at Komedia in Brighton.
A mere 17 days after the former Spiders From Mars frontman celebrated his 60th birthday, a bunch of Bowie superfans will be spreading a whole load of Ziggy Stardust across the city with a cavalcade of Thin White Duke related silliness.
"We wanted to get the date of his actual birthday but Larry (Cream) and Artie (Cray), who are the two guys who run the fan club, are unfortunately in prison - some misunderstanding with tax - and couldn't help us with the booking.
"We still wanted to do it so we got the closest date available. We still wanted to celebrate Mr Bowie's birthday."
These are the wise words of Claus Kuntz (aka our very own Alistair Kerr), Germany's top Aladdin Sane maniac and your host for what promises to be an extraordinary evening.
"Bowie has an affiliation with Germany. I bought the apartment he stayed in when he was living with Iggy Pop. We have some home movie film that comes from when David and Iggy were living together. We found it, restored it and we're going to show it on the night."
Claus is talking about the much anticipated highlight of the show, namely exclusive extracts from a movie entitled 155 Hauptstrasse.
"I was looking down the side of the sofa and I found it. I didn't know at the time what it was, I thought it might be some porn or something," says the unfortunately-monikered MC.
Also lined up for the event is a motley crew of self-confessed Bowie freaks and weirdos.
More news on the NECA JARETH The Goblin King figure. After the much anticipated Palisades 12" doll of DAVID BOWIE'scharacter was cancelled many fans were left disappointed. Now there is going to be an even better 7" version. A terrific likeness of Bowie (as you would expect from Neca) - the figure comes with plastic and fabric costume parts and is complete with a crystal ball and interchangeable hands. Release Date : Monday 14th May, 2007 - (from JBK)...
For those of you in the USA who missed DAVID BOWIE last night in Extras on HBO and HBO Demand can catch repeat showings over the next few days. You can find a video clip of episode 8 here and view other clips of the show. More information is available at hbo.com - (from RavenVal)...
HIGH LINE FESTIVAL UPDATE 22nd January 2007
Due to ongoing work on a new project, DAVID BOWIE has announced that it will not be possible for him to perform at the High Line Festival, in New York City in May.
He will however continue to curate the event alongside Highline producers David Binder and Josh Wood.
DAVID BOWIE accompanied by his wife IMAN were spotted the other night taking in a performance of 'The First Emperor' starring Placido Domingo, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City...
Tomorrow's SUNDAY OBSERVER features the best 25 gigs of all time in their Music Monthly feature. Inside Paul Morley talks about a DAVID BOWIE performance that rocked his world...
Over on the cbc.ca website you can test your knowledge of DAVID BOWIE with a 10-question test from Sean Monkman. Oh and there's a nice illustration of db by Jillian Tamaki. Visit cbc.ca and see how you get on...
For those who like a genre mixing, check out this track with a little Biggie, Tupac and others mixed over a mash-up of DAVID BOWIE's 'Fame' and Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' via popbytes.com [Download here]...
Sad news to report the passing away on Monday of producer/engineer COLIN THURSTON who worked with DAVID BOWIE in Berlin as engineer on his "Heroes" album, as well as IGGY POP's Lust For Life...
See the news story below for an update and cover shot of the new DVD special edition release of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH from Optimum Home Entertainment on 29th January...
MOJO: 60 YEARS OF BOWIE 18th January 2007
As mentioned on 1st Jan MOJO magazine are to publish a special DAVID BOWIE birthday edition in their Classic Series.
'60 Years Of Bowie' is a 148-page MOJO Classic Special edition magazine celebrating David Bowie's 60th birthday with a month-by-month, year-by-year celebration of one of rock music's greatest icons.
Containing eyewitness stories, previously unpublished photographs, classic interviews, album reappraisals, the best Bowie songs from each era, plus a specially written foreword by Kate Bush.
On sale on next Wednesday 24th January. Available in all good newsagents or by ordering online from here
From Michael Johnson (Production Editor) MOJO Classic.
WOODY'S STRAIGHT TALK 18th January 2007
Former Drifield rock star WOODY WOODMANSEY is spearheading a major awareness campaign aimed at helping children stay clear of drugs.
Woody, the former drummer with DAVID BOWIE's band, The Spiders, is now a trustee of a drug rehabilitation centre.
During his music career spanning 30 years, Woody has played and toured with some of the best - Paul McCartney, Edgar Winter, Art Garfunkel and more recently, Joe Elliott and Phil Collin of Def Leppard.
He said that he saw what drugs did to friends in the music business and that it is a very different picture from the glamour fans see on stage.
He has seen musicians behind the scenes crash and burn from constant drug-taking - and is concerned to see how widespread drugs have become over the last three decades or so.
As a result, he became a trustee for Narconon, a drug rehabilitation centre based in Hastings.
"Drug testing in schools is not the answer to the drugs problem," said Woody, formerly of Victoria Road, Driffield. "It wasn't a deterrent in the 60s and 70s and it won't be now."
He said that scare tactics did not work and that it was far better to talk straight with children and to show respect for their ability to think for themselves.
"Effective drug education in schools does work. Fear of being caught is not an effective deterrent," Woody added.
"With the stress on education, one is making an informed choice. It has been found that when people do have the correct information about what drugs actually do, they end up not taking drugs on their own self-determinism.
"The correct target is the kids before they take or consider taking drugs; the target is not after they have already started on the slippery slope."
As you may have read last OctoberTONY VISCONTI long-time producer and musician with DAVID BOWIE is to publish his autobiography next month on 5th February.
There will be a book signing session taking place on Sunday 11th February at 1pm until 4:30pm at Corner Store, 33/35 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BM. [Map]
Synopsis: A name synonymous with ground-breaking music, Tony Visconti has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from T.Rex and Iggy Pop to David Bowie and U2. This is the compelling life story of the man who helped shape music history, and gives a unique, first-hand insight into life in London during the late 1960s and '70s.
Soon after abandoning his native New York to pursue his musical career in the UK, Visconti was soon in the thick of the emerging glam rock movement, launching T.Rex to commercial success and working with the then-unknown David Bowie. Since his fateful move to the land of tea and beer drunk straight from the can, Visconti has worked with such names as T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, Wings, The Boomtown Rats, Marsha Hunt, Procol Harum, and more recently Ziggy Marley, Mercury Rev, the Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey on his acclaimed new album 'Ringleader of the Tormentors'. Even Visconti's personal life betrays an existence utterly immersed in music. Married to first to Siegrid Berman, then to Mary Hopkin and later to May Pang, he counts many of the musicians and producers he has worked with as close friends and is himself a celebrated musician.
This memoir takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the glory days of pop music, when men wore sequins and pop could truly rock. Visconti's unique access to the biggest names and hottest talent, both on stage and off, for over five decades is complemented by unseen photographs from his own personal archive, and offers a glimpse at music history that few have witnessed so intimately.
Which is your favourite DAVID BOWIE instrumental track? The voting in the BW Visitors Poll placed 'Warszawa' in top position with 23.94% of the total votes.
The top five instrumental tracks after a total of 1,057 votes cast were as follows:
01. Warszawa (253) 02. A New Career In A New Town (169) 03. Speed Of Life (136) 04. V-2 Schneider (98) 05. Subterraneans (90)
To view the full breakdown of the voting please [VIEW HERE]
Thanks to everyone for voting... and in the blink of an eye... here's another brand new BW poll underway...
Which is your favourite David Mallet / David Bowie promo video? [VOTE HERE]
I HOPE I MAKE IT ON MY OWN? 14th January 2007
Back in 1966, forty-one years ago to this very day saw DAVID JONES release his first ever single 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' as DAVID BOWIE with The Lower Third', backed with 'And I Say To Myself'.
Released on the Pye label (Pye 7N 17020) in the United Kingdom , the single reached number 34 in the Melody Maker chart and peaked at number 14 on 20th February in the Radio London Fabulous Forty chart.
The musicians on the single were: David Bowie: vocals/tambourine, Dennis Taylor: guitar, Graham Rivens: bass and Phil Lancaster: drums. The producer was Tony Hatch.
Four months later the single was released in the USA on the Warner Brothers label (WB 5815). Later the same year, the track appeared on the Pye compilation album 'Hitmakers Volume 4' (Pye NPL 18144), which marks the first track on an album by 'David Bowie'.
David said of the song during an interview for Melody Maker on 26th February 1966... "Several of the younger teenagers' programmes wouldn't play 'Can't Helping Thinking About Me', because it is about leaving home. The number relates several incidents in every teenager's life - and leaving home is something which always comes up."
Six years later in October 1972, the song was re-released as an EP in the United Kingdom (Pye 7NX.8002) and New Zealand (Pye 7NX 8002).
Also the same month, saw the Japanese 7" single released, backed with 'I'm Not Losing Sleep' (Pye/Teichiku UP-408-Y).
The following year in March 1973, saw a 7" release in Spain (Pye 11.603) backed with 'I Dig Everything', complete with as you can see a rather nice picture sleeve.
June 1978 saw a Canadian-only 7" release on the Pye blue label backed with 'Do Anything You Say' (7N8002), there then follows a list as long as your aunty's left arm of compilations, reissues and repackages containing the track.
In more recent times, David re-recorded a newer version of this song - which was first performed live again during the VH1 StoryTellers show - as well as his Roseland Ballroom 1999 gig in New York City.
Something for the trivia anoraks out there, he actually performed a snippet of this song in San Francisco during his 1997 Earthling world tour.
GIVE ME STEEL, GIVE ME STEEL 13th January 2007
Emmy Award-winning producer/director ELLIOT CAPLAN is currently working on an experimental visual symphony on DVD with music by Philip Glass, DAVID BOWIE and Brian Eno.
'Steel Work', a production of Picture Start Films Incl., mixes dance with industrial elements which simulate dance movement and form. This film offers a unique dance for camera work through its application of non-dance elements as dance.
At the core of this piece is choreography by Robert Poole which was inspired by principles of industry. Other elements include electronic manipulation of images, a steel mill, steel workers choreographed by Poole, and steel structures in New York.
Where the Faces Shine Vol.1: Official Live Experience 1977-1981 is the soon-to-be released Box Set from the legendary IGGY POP.
Released on 22nd January the eighty-six song six-CD set includes the live performance with DAVID BOWIE recorded at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, USA on 28th March 1977.
The Easy Action Boxed set series 'Where The Faces Shine' (a reference to the front row of the audience and also a line from a Stooges song 'Down On The Street') will document one year at a time each live tour that Iggy has undertaken from his solo 'come back' on The Idiot Tour of 1977 to his last solo shows before teaming up with the Stooges.
Fully authorised by Iggy, Easy Action is attempting to provide a solution to the many live Iggy CDs currently in the shops that are completely illegal. Volume One documents the return of Iggy Pop from 1977 to 1981 and sees Mr. Pop playing to audiences in Italy, Spain, USA and Sweden. All unreleased material featuring some great musicians such as David Bowie, Glen Matlock, Brian James, Ivan Kral, Scott Asheton and Fred Smith.
Inside the box you are treated to the typical lavish full colour booklet with extensive liner notes by ex Mojo editor and author of a brand new book on Iggy due out next year Paul Trynka. Unpublished photographs both in concert and backstage include some Philippe Auliac rare pictures.
The tracklisting for Disc 1 (featuring David Bowie) runs as follows:
Disc: 1 01. Raw Power 02. T.V. Eye 03. Dirt 04. Turn Blue 05. Funtime 06. Gimme Danger 07. No Fun 08. Sister Midnight 09. I Need Somebody 10. Search And Destroy 11. I Wanna Be Your Dog 12. China Girl
The Idiot World Tour: Musicians: Rick Gardiner (guitar), David Bowie (keyboards, backing vocals), Tony Sales (bass) and Hunt Sales (drums).
You can Order NOW and also view tracklisting details on all 86 songs over 6 discs.
ARNOLD LAYNE IN EUROPE 9th January 2007
The brand new single release 'Arnold Layne' by DAVID GILMOUR featuring DAVID BOWIE is available across Europe in a variety of single formats per territory; please see below.
Digital Download only: Austria; France; Germany; Spain; Switzerland and Italy (plus CD from Friday 12th January).
CD, 7", and Digital Download: Denmark; Netherlands and Sweden.
Listed below are links to a select choice of DAVID BOWIE 60th birthday online articles from around the world...
The Washington Times: Bowie enjoying busy life on 60th birthday [Read here] Gulf Daily News: 60th birthday joy for rocker David Bowie [Read here] NPR: David Bowie Turns 60 [Read here] Herald Sun: David Bowie the family man [Read here] The Hollywood News: Bowie is 60 [Read here] Star Phoenix: Thin White Duke celebrates 60th birthday [Read here] BBC: Sixty things about Bowie [Read here] Undercover: David Bowie turns 60 [Read here] The Independent: A one-man band with an appetite for change [Read here] The Independent: Musician, actor, financier: Bowie celebrates his 60th [Read here] Toronto Star: Bowie evergreen fresh at 60 [Read here] Yahoo! News: From Ziggy to Changes: David Bowie turns 60 [Read here]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 60th DAVID 8th January 2007
To David Wishing you many happy returns on this very special day Have a wonderful and fabulous time
Best wishes and lots of love as always from Paul, Dawn, the kids and everyone here at Wonderworld xxxx
OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES... 8th January 2007
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 (aka Milton Hinkes) (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine), Graham Chapman (comedian), Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host/author), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Mike Reno (singer), Paul Dresher (composer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Paul Hester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Simone De Beauvoir (writer), Evelyn Wood (reading teacher), Gypsy Rose Lee (burlesque entertainer), Bill Graham (concert promoter), Wilkie Collins (author), Frank Doubleday (publisher), Sir Frank Dyson (scientist), Lee Jackson (musician), Vladimir Feltsman (Russian pianist), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Ted McDougall (footballer), Michael Ridley (cricketer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Sean Paul (musician), Karen Poole (musician), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), Ryan Frances (actor), Roy Kinnear (actor), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Loretta Lee (actress), Gabby Hoffman (actress), Maria Pitillo (actress), Brad Snyder (shot putter), Kent Jones (golfer), Virgil Hill (boxer), Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov (USSR cosmonaut), Terry Brooks (author), Antai Ribari (composer), Serge Poliakoff (Russian/French painter/guitarist), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Bronislava Nijinska (ballet choreographer), Storm Jameson (novelist), Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher), William Wallace Gilchrist (composer), Fannie M Jackson (pioneer and educator), Lawrence Alma Tadema (Dutch/British painter), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).
It's also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now ten years online. Big shout out to everyone who helps me with the site it's really appreciated :)
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 7th January 2007
'Ziggy hits sixty' - the news in pictures - check it out at The FirstPost website...
You can take an online DAVID BOWIE quiz at the GQ magazine website [Test here]...
The TORONTO STAR ran a piece yesterday entitled 'Bowie evergreen fresh at 60' by Ben Rayner - [Read here]...
In the NEW ZEALAND HERALD you can read 'Bowie - 60 tomorrow, and bigger than ever' by Anthony Barnes - Read here]...
UK newspaper THE MIRROR featured an exclusive two-page DAVID BOWIE birthday special yesterday. Entitled 'From Ziggy To Sixty' by Louise Gannon. You can read it online here...
DANES CELEBRATE DAVID'S 60th 6th January 2007
Danish television and radio are celebrating DAVID BOWIE's 60th birthday with several programmes on DR 8th and 9th January.
As far as I can make out from my Danish translation these are the following programmes to be broadcast:
8th January: DR Rock (FM and DAB), playing Bowie all day and 'Bowie at the Beeb', Denmark, 15:00 and 20:00 DR X, Bowie Birthday, Alex Nyborg Madsen 'P3 by Kenneth K', Jan Poulsen interview author of new book David Bowie: Station to Station, Denmark, 16:00 P4, Studio 4, Bowie, Denmark, 14:00 P4, Eldorado (Jørgen Mylius) Bowie, Denmark, 18:00
9th January: Musikprogrammet, Bowie Special, Tema DR2, Denmark, 20.30
There are also several archived interviews that you listen to from various years by clicking on the Bowie-indslag tab above their Bowie banner.
1978: Indslag om Bowie, Rock-Nyt, 2 October 1978 (Bowie interview taken from BBC Arena) 1983: Indslag om Bowie, Fredagsåbent, 15 April 1983 - (Time: 5:45) (Press conference from London). 1987: Indslag om Bowie, 7'eren, 30 March 1987 - (Time: 4:46) (Press conference from Sweden).
The new David Bowie publication (written in Danish) Station Til Station by author Jan Poulsen is available now. Published by Gyldendal in December 2006 (pp. 73-80) (ISBN: 8702056313).
Thanks to Ole Jensen for the pointer.
BOWIE BROMLEY TIMES 5th January 2007
The BROMLEY TIMES are celebrating the 60th birthday of one of the borough's most famous exports, DAVID BOWIE.
Do you remember his first gigs in the 1960s? Did you ever meet the Starman?
Please contact the news desk with your story, or birthday message, by emailing or call 020 8269 7000.
BLAST OF BOWIE 5th January 2007
DAVID BOWIE's 60th birthday special will feature on the Clash radio station.
David hits the big 60 next Monday (8th Jan) and Clash on Red FM gets the birthday candles out early for the remarkable rock 'n' roll star with the changeling reputation and avant garde edge.
Starting 2pm this Sunday, (7th Jan) the Clash crew will trawl through the renaissance man's catalogue, making stops at pivotal points of his career and revisiting practically every era and alter ego of his pop life. From Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke and beyond, the Bowie love-fest is possibly all you could wish for on Malaysian airwaves.
It's also Clash's first show of the year, and what a way to start with a bang. It's everything a Bowie fan needs, everything a Bowie beginner wants - from the early days of Hunky Dory to Aladdin Sane to a whole lot of Ziggy and his Berlin-era favs in the mixture.
Top Bowie tunes on parade, including Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Fame, "Heroes", Ashes To Ashes, Rebel Rebel, and loads of obscure demos to boot. A list of artistes indebted to Bowie will also feature, including recent indie darlings Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio right through Suede, Orange Juice and more. Not to forget Bowie's inspirations like Velvet Underground, Marc Bolan, Syd Barrett and Iggy Pop.
THE AGE in Australia have published 'Ziggy Stardust At 60' retrospective by Michael Dwyer - [Read here]...
California punk revivalists AFI have made available their live cover version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Ziggy Stardust' from their 'Sessions Undercover' on AOL as a free downloadable video on their website - [Download here]...
PINK FLOYD legendary musician ROGER WATERS has recorded the original song 'Hello (I Love You)' to be featured in New Line Cinema's upcoming sci-fi film 'The Last Mimzy'. The guitarist on the track is none other than GERRY LEONARD (music director/guitarist for DAVID BOWIE)...
Tune into the one hour DAVID BOWIE special on Irish RTE Radio One with Dave Fanning at 7:00 pm tonight (Friday). You can listen in online here - (from Sean)...
Just so that everyone is aware... please note that 'Arnold Layne' by DAVID GILMOUR / DAVID BOWIE CD and 7" single is a strictly limited edition, so when stocks sell out, there will be no more available. You can Purchase NOW - or you can digitally Download from iTunes. Last but not least, you can catch the promo video which was filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall in London on TOP OF THE POPS 2 to be broadcast at 5:05pm GMT this weekend on Saturday 6th January, which incidentally was Syd Barrat's birthday...
Whoever it was who emailed in asked me for the HOMER SIMPSON aka Aladdin Sane wallpaper you're in luck. I've created and added two different sizes into the DAVID BOWIE wallpaper download section for you - You can find them here...
Talking of new BW downloads, there is now a free downloadable DAVID BOWIE aka Aladdin Sane face mask that you can download, print, cut-out and stick on your boat race for 'hours...' and 'hours...' of cheap thrills and good humoured fun whilst you are singing 'Cracked Actor' and doing a mime sequence at that special David Bowie themed party you're having on the 8th January ;) - [Aladdin Sane Face Mask]...
Not quite sure what this is for but the BBC website are posing the question: 'Have you met DAVID BOWIE'? - if you have been lucky enough to and then want to show off about it then go here for more details...
Unfortunately the release date of the first batch of six mini vinyl replica releases from EMI by DAVID BOWIE are now scheduled for release on 22nd January and not the 8th January as originally intended. The first six for release are: Pin Ups (TOCP 65310) / Aladdin Sane (TOCP 65309) / The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (TOCP 65308) / Hunky Dory (TOCP 65307) / The Man Who Sold The World (TOCP 65306) / David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) (TOCP 65305)...
BOWIE NIGHT IN LONDON 4th January 2007
PRETTY IN PINK is hosting a DAVID BOWIE special night on 25th January, as a joint celebration of the great man's 60th birthday and the 30th anniversary of 'Low' this month.
Admission is completely free and we'll be playing lots of extra Bowie classics throughout the night on both floors, as well as screening plenty of vintage Bowie videos and performances.
Venue: It's at The Fly, 36-38 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1EP (near Tottenham Court Road tube) from 7:30pm.
Update:THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH gets a UK Region 2 DVD release in the form of a 2 disc special edition from Optimum Home Entertainment.
Released on 29th January - Region 2, Anamorphic, Box set, PAL, Special Edition (Cat. No. OPTD0732).
Extra DVD Features: - New and exclusive interview with director Nicolas Roeg - Watching the Alien featurette - Interview with Paul Mayersberg - TV spots - DVD-Rom: Downloadable pages from the original theatrical campaign brochure and more
The Man Who Fell To Earth is Nic Roeg's science-fiction cult classic starring DAVID BOWIE. Crash landing on Earth from his dying planet, an alien humanoid traveling by the name of Thomas Jerome Newton uses his superior intelligence to build a vast business empire. As he takes on, and beats, every US corporation people can only guess his true purpose - to save his dying world from agonising death by drought. Newton's ageless fall from grace, as he becomes prey to lust, alcohol, business rivals, and the US Government makes The Man Who Fell To Earth not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but also a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.
TWO ITALIAN BOWIE BIRTHDAY BASHES 3rd January 2007
Two events are taking place in Milan and Rome in Italy in honour of DAVID BOWIE's 60th birthday on Monday 8th January organised by VELVET GOLDMINE the Italian fan club, MIDFINGER RECORDS and the fan site REPETITION BOWIE.
Tribute bands, videos and music selected by Velvet Goldmine Fan Club. There's also a free copy of CD 'Repetition*Bowie' which will be given on entry to the first 500 attenders of each party!
The full details of the live events are as follows:
MILANO - Rainbow - Via Besenzanica, 3 22.00 - Video plus DJ 23.00 - Diamond Dogs (tribute band) 24.00 - Dance plus video art and rarities DJ set Tibe 'Illogical DJ Set' VJ set Ivan Vania
ROMA - Circolo degli Artisti - Via Casilina Vecchia 42 22.00 - Video plus DJ 23.00 - Ziggy and The Glass Spiders (tribute band) 24.00 - Dance plus video art and rarities DJ set DJ Alprazolam VJ set Resident VJ
Repetition*Bowie is the first Italian tribute CD based on the idea of the RepetitionBowie Fansite of hosting the Bowie covers of the Italian VelvetGoldminers. On January 8th, the CD RepetitionBowie will be published to celebrate Bowie's career. Featuring 18 European artists (Jeniferever from Sweden, Lara Martelli, Anthony Reynolds and Sunny Days Sets Fire from England, Hollowblue, The Gumo from Italy, and many others) of the Italian label Midfinger Records have taken part and play the Bowie hits.
The Repetition*Bowie tracklisting runs as follows:
01. Boys Keep Swinging - Mama Shamone 02. Conversation Piece - The Gumo 03. Weeping Wall - Drink To Me 04. Letter To Hermione - Hollowblue + Luca Faggella 05. Hallo Spaceboy - Atari 06. Life On Mars? - Lara Martelli 07. Ashes To Ashes - Jeniferever 08. "Heroes" - You Should Play In A Band 09. Be My Wife - Anthony Reynolds 10. Panic In Detroit - Christopher Saint 11. Kooks - Sunny Days Sets Fire 12. Absolute Beginners - Sunflower 13. Space Oddity - Edwood 14. China Girl - David Muldoon + Simone Meneghello 15. Beauty And The Beast - Showroomdummies + M. Remiddi (Sunny Days Sets Fire) + Zara Ruban, Mama Shamone 16. Let's Dance - Outsider 17. Starman - Mimes Of Wine + Relù Merissan 18. All The Madmen - King Me
As always at this time of year the International DAVID BOWIE Fan Club 'The Voyeur' have released their new issue of 'The Voyeur'.
For this issue 'The Voyeur' interviewed George Simms, long time backup singer for David Bowie and had an exclusive interview with Jonathan Barnbrook, Designer of the Reality and Heathen albums.
In this issue:
Watch out for The Voyeur Welcome to The Voyeur Column (Sitting in the Laugh Motel) The Laughing Gnostic (David Bowie and the occult) Peter R. Koening's search for the connection between David Bowie and Gnosticism Rumours and Lies and Stories they made up (news items) Four page full colour David Bowie centrefold Mister Serious Moonlight A revealing interview The Voyeur's Antoine Loogman had with George Simms From Heathen to Reality An exclusive interview The Voyeur had with Designer and Font artist Jonathan Barnbrook, the designer of both the Heathen and the Reality album covers
[You can click here for a Sneak Preview of several pages from this brand new issue].
More details about the latest edition or how to become a member of 'The Voyeur' can be found on their homepage at http://go.to/bowiefanclub
From Peter Smit
YOUNG AMERICANS SPECIAL EDITION 2nd January 2007
The special edition release of DAVID BOWIE'sYoung Americans CD and DVD (Cat 351 2582) finally hits the stores on 19th March.
This release from EMI includes exclusive images and sleeve notes. The CD and Bonus DVD tracklisting runs as follows:
DISC 1: CD 01. Young Americans (2007 Digital Remaster) 02. Win (2007 Digital Remaster) 03. Fascination (2007 Digital Remaster) 04. Right (2007 Digital Remaster) 05. Somebody Up There Likes Me (2007 Digital Remaster) 06. Across The Universe (2007 Digital Remaster) 07. Can You Hear Me (2007 Digital Remaster) 08. Fame (2007 Digital Remaster) 09. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (2007 Digital Remaster) 10. Who Can I Be Now? (2007 Digital Remaster) 11. It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings)
DISC 2: BONUS DVD 01. Young Americans (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 02. Win (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 03. Fascination (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 04. Right (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 05. Somebody Up There Likes Me (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 06. Across The Universe (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 07. Can You Hear Me (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 08. Fame (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 09. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 10. Who Can I Be Now? (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 11. It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings) (5.1 DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital) 12. Young Americans (2007 Digital Remaster) 13. Win (2007 Digital Remaster) 14. Fascination (2007 Digital Remaster) 15. Right (2007 Digital Remaster) 16. Somebody Up There Likes Me (2007 Digital Remaster) 17. Across The Universe (2007 Digital Remaster) 18. Can You Hear Me (2007 Digital Remaster) 19. Fame (2007 Digital Remaster) 20. John, I'm Only Dancing (Again) (2007 Digital Remaster) 21. Who Can I Be Now? (2007 Digital Remaster) 22. It's Gonna Be Me (With Strings) 23. 1984 (Live On The Dick Cavett Show) 24. Young Americans (Live on The Dick Cavett Show) 25. Dick Cavett Interviews David Bowie
You can Order NOW in readiness of 19th March release date.
The newly mixed 5.1 Surround Sound has been completed by TONY VISCONTI. He wrote on his website at tonyvisconti.com
'...I've just finished mixing the amazing Young Americans in 5.1 Surround Sound, too, for its 30th anniversary (has it been that long?). The release will be in a few months. There will be bonus tracks and a surprise.
All the tracks have been mixed from the master tapes to 96khz high definition digital audio. That translates to 'freakin' scary' quality. Mr. Bowie is front and center, but the backing is now spread 360º with Mr. Vandross hovering over your left shoulder for most of the album. John Lennon's six string acoustic is almost entirely in the right rear speaker on 'Across The Universe' and you just might hear a comment from him when the song is over. What really brought it home to me was how great David's vocals were, and a lot of them were live takes with him standing in the same room as the band at Sigma Studios in Philadelphia.'
BERLIN SOUNDZ DECADENT 2nd January 2007
Reminder: Don't forget that tonight you can tune into BBC RADIO TWO for BERLIN SOUNDZ DECADENT - a new programme focussing on DAVID BOWIE's remarkable Berlin period and the city's influence, past and present, on him, his music and others in the city. From Cabaret to Krautrock and beyond, Berlin... Soundz Decadent is presented by Mark Radcliffe.
Berlin Soundz Decadent will be broadcast tonight at 20:30 GMT on BBC Radio 2. Tune in on 88-91 FM or listen in at the BBC Radio 2 website from anywhere in the world.
For more information see the original news piece from 14th December.
FUNKY LITTLE BOAT RACE 1st January 2007
Here's a quick round-up of the magazines published January 2007 that feature DAVID BOWIE on the front covers...
All set for publication this month is 'Oh! You Pretty Thing - 60 Years of Bowie' - a special birthday Classic edition from MOJO MAGAZINE. His life and times in words and pictures. On sale 24th January...
Italian music magazine MUZ feature DAVID BOWIE on the front cover for their January/February 2007 issue. Inside there is a 'Happy Birthday Mr. Bowie' report covering 12 pages, along with 10 photographs...
The Italian edition of the ROLLING STONE magazine for January 2007 features David on their front cover. Inside there are ten pages, which includes thirteen photographs...
David also graces the front cover of the latest RECORD COLLECTOR magazine (Issue 332). Inside features a 60th Birthday celebration: The making of 'Young Americans', Neil Tennant and other star fans on Bowie, and Bowie Collectables...
Not front covers but... This month's Q magazine has a couple of rare full page Bowie pictures and a good review of the whole Japanese re-issue package - (from JBK)...
The current issue of UK ESQUIRE magazine features David in their Manifesto section, with the article penned by Graeme Thomson...
ARNOLD LAYNE HITS TOP TWENTY 1st January 2007
The brand new single 'Arnold Layne' released by DAVID GILMOUR featuring DAVID BOWIE has entered the UK charts at number 19 - making it his 38th 'top twenty' UK hit single.
The track is available on CD or vinyl and if you've not gone out yet or bought your copies online or downloaded get a move on! You can Purchase NOW - or you can digitally Download from iTunes
Don't forget you can catch the promo video which was filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall in London on TOP OF THE POPS 2 to be broadcast at 5:05pm GMT next Saturday 6th January.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 1st January 2007
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2007 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE
I hope you all receive everything you ever wish for