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UNDER THE MOONLIGHT 24th February 2006
The forthcoming DVD release of DAVID BOWIE's Serious Moonlight scheduled for 13th March is now available to pre-order.
The concert was filmed live at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum in Vancouver, BC, Canada on 12th September 1983 during David's 1983 world tour.
The extras include an extended Ricochet documentary which was filmed during the Far East leg of the tour in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
Release Information: Studio: EMI Records (UK) DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2006 Edition Details: Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt). PAL Catalogue Number: 3415399
List Price: £15.99. Our Price: £11.99. You Save: £4.00 (25%)
Ardent Désir on the BW Message Board has written an in-depth review for this new release with full details of the bonus and extended material. If you don't want to spoil the surprise then don't read on... but for those of you who can't wait you can read the review here.
THE PRESTIGE IN OCTOBER 23rd February 2006
TOUCHSTONE PICTURES announced yesterday that they will release THE PRESTIGE on October 20th, 2006.
The Christopher Nolan film stars Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, DAVID BOWIE, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis and Ezra Buzzington.
David will play Nikola Tesla, whilst Bale and Jackman play rival magicians in turn-of-the-century London who battle each other for trade secrets. The title refers to the residue left after a magician's successful trick.
THE PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. MARK 21st February 2006
Last night DAVID BOWIE was spotted at the Rose Theater watching Golijov's St. Mark Passion at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
'La Pasión Según San Marcos' ('The Passion According to St. Mark'), is a musical work by the Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov.
For this New York premiere, the musical line-up included: Robert Spano (Conductor), Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Orquesta La Pasión and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Luciana Souza (vocalist), Anne-Carolyn Bird (soprano), Deraldo Ferreira, capoeira and berimbau and Reynaldo González Fernández (vocalist and dancer).
My eye also in the audience stated: 'David clearly loved the performance'.
STALKING TIME FOR THE MOON BOYS 21st February 2006
DAVID BOWIE tribute act SPACE ODDITY - DAVID BRIGHTON's return to Los Angeles on March 4th at Safari Sam's (LA's hottest new nightspot) on 5214 W. Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027. (323) 666-7267.
Admission is $10.00. All ages. Doors open at 9:00pm. Opening acts: TBA (Reservations suggested).
David had the pleasure of interviewing producer KEN SCOTT recently. The interview is now up on my band's website which you can read at davidbowietribute.com/int01.html
From David Brighton
THE KINGS OF GLAM 19th February 2006
Next month on March 3rd sees the broadcast of a new documentary KINGS OF GLAM which profiles the leading men of the glam rock era. LISA TARBUCK guides us through the glittering careers of DAVID BOWIE, Marc Bolan, Noddy Holder, Brian Ferry, Elton John and honourary glam king Suzi Quatro.
Industry men including producer Tony Visconti, songwriter Mike Chapman and photographer Mick Rock give the insider angle to the work of these artists.
The programme shows on BBC1 at 22:35 GMT.
SPIDERS ON MARS 18th February 2006
Looks like DAVID BOWIE's Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars may have not been too far off - at least planet-wise.
Here's a newly issued image taken by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor using its Mars Orbiter Camera operated by Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS).
Taken during the southern summer season, the photo shows an area adjacent to the red planet's south polar residual cap. Several intricate fracture networks are seen, each network involving multiple factures are radiating from a central spot.
Looking like a squad of marching Mars spiders, the origin of these features is not understood, note experts at MSSS.
Some investigators have speculated that these are sites of release of carbon dioxide from beneath the ground. But this explanation seems inadequate to explain all attributes of the features, according to MSSS researchers.
Also, Mars Global Surveyor flyovers of the area have shown that these features have not been changing from year to year during the course of the spacecraft's mission.
Mars Global Surveyor was launched in November 1996 and has been in Mars orbit since September 1997.
By Leonard David.
Check out space.com website for the image of the day.
GLAM THIS! 17th February 2006
Over on the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY website they have an excellent Glam Rock feature online.
They beg the question... "Curious about BOWIE, Iggy, and T. Rex, but not sure where to start?" Go beyond the glitter with our guide to the essential albums and videos by Michael Endelman.
David's 'Ziggy Stardust' album is listed top of the 10 essential glam albums, along with the Bowie produced 'Raw Power' from The Igster and Lou's 'Transformer'.
David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) Bowie's masterpiece is the premier glam document: pretentious, theatrical, fairly absurd, and, most importantly, stocked with shimmering anthems from start to finish. Choice Cuts: 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Suffragette City' and 'Moonage Daydream'.
In the Glam-themed DVDs - first off do yourself a favour and ignore the wrongly recommended "must see" Velvet Goldmine - it's truly awful - but make sure you've check out the others which obviously includes:
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture (1973) The sound and image quality is far from perfect, but D.A. Pennebaker's film of David Bowie's last concert as Ziggy Stardust is a vivid document of this amazing band, complete with hysterical screaming teens and some backstage footage of Bowie applying the "leper messiah" makeup before the show. Still, it leaves one question unanswered: How the hell did guitarist Mick Ronson shred so nastily in 6-inch platform heels?
Nice to hear MADONNA making an acknowledgement towards DAVID BOWIE when she accepted her 'Best International Female' Brit award the other night. She also thanked her loyal British fans and said "Without you I would just be another singer across the pond"...
Check out the IndieWire website for a piece on ROBERT WILSON where mention of the never produced 'THE CIVIL WARS' a twelve hour opus that was to be staged during the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Despite raising money to develop it with DAVID BOWIE in a lead role, a final million dollars was never found and the piece was cancelled. Only a few parts from it have ever been presented and Wilson said this week in Berlin that he will never stage it again, and its moment has passed...
DAVID BOWIE has lent one of his paintings 'Andalucian Homestead' by English painter WILLIAM NICHOLSON (1872-1949) which is on show as part of the 'William Nicholson: Paintings' exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. Frequently in Nicholson's painting, actual and perceived scale vary in ways that belie their traditional look and make them secretly daring.This is especially the case in the later landscapes: 'Andalucian Homestead' (1935), looks up a vertiginously steep incline, presenting the houses as a shocking white crown to the curved brow of a hill composed of loose, fat swift strokes and dabs of green and brown. The scale is completely thrown by a minuscule donkey being led at the foot of the hill, making you question where on earth the painter and you, the viewer might be. The exhibition runs until March 18th and can be viewed at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue, New York - [from The New York Sun]...
RICOCHET TRAGIC ACCIDENT 17th February 2006
Sad to hear the tragic news that BHASKAR BHATTACHARYA drowned in Chennai in South India last Friday.
The 56-year-old documentary filmmaker went into the sea at Neelankarai in Tamil Nadu around 6am but was caught out by a strong current. His body was later found by local fishermen.
His company the London-based MAYA VISION made DAVID BOWIE's 'Ricochet' the documentary film of his Serious Moonlight tour in South East Asia.
Bhaskar lived in Delhi with his wife Rohini and their 15-year old son, Bhuba but spent many years in Hampstead, England.
For the 48th GRAMMY Awards show this evening, actor MATT DILLON and LUDACRIS announced / presented the lifetime achievement award for DAVID BOWIE. Unfortunately, David didn't show for the event.
Yesterday, an image of David was projected on screen as it was announced he had won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Over on the official GRAMMY.com website you can view some Grammy Moments from the past.
Simply click here and select on GRAMMY Moments and click on Videos. Then scroll down to the 17th Annual GRAMMY Awards., where you can watch a compilation which shows David presenting an award to Aretha Franklin back in 1975 at the Uris Theatre in New York.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 7th February 2006
JIM KERR of SIMPLE MINDS on seeing DAVID BOWIE perform on Top of the Pops, as told to MOJO magazine in the February issue:
"Now I'd already heard 'Starman' - this beautiful lullaby with outer space synth and the rock n' roll handclaps - and seen Bowie on the cover of Jackie. But it's not prepared me for Bowie on colour TV.
"When you're 13 and you live on a council estate in Glasgow and this guy turns up who you've a crush on and you've no idea if you're gay, well that blows your mind. I literally believed he was from Mars, and from that exact second I was saving up for Ziggy Stardust..."
Dance star GOLDIE credits DAVID BOWIE with pulling him out of a creative rut and encouraging him to release his first album in seven years. The 40-year-old was suffering from writer's block following 1999's 'Saturnz Return' until legendary rocker Bowie told him to follow his gut instinct. Goldie releases new disc 'Sine Tempus' this year.
He says, "Bowie said, 'If you make a pile of crap tomorrow, the one thing you have to understand is that you've made (1995's) 'Timeless' and nobody can take that away from you. So do what you do, carry on and reinvent yourself.'
"I realised that after so many years what reinvention is. I spent my own wilderness of going away from what I had done musically so I sat on my arse for three or four years. Fame came and I did nothing."..
ANOTHER MID-SIXITES GIG UNEARTHED 7th February 2006
Whilst doning my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker over the weekend I've managed to unearth another previously undocumented DAVID BOWIE performance from the mid-Sixites.
David (presumably with The Buzz) performed at the Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire on 12th September 1966.
Known locally as 'The Hop', the admission price was 5/- (that's five shillings which is 25 pence in todays money). And just in case anyone asks, the gig started at 7.45pm until 10.30pm.
More unearthed trivia updates... the 1969 BBC2 'Colour Me Pop' television show with THE STRAWBS and David performing on 10th May (broadcast 14th June) - saw The Strawbs performing 'The Man Who Called Himself Jesus' live from The White Bear in Hounslow and David Bowie mimed to 'Poor Jimmy Wilson'.
The Strawbs were also joined by Paul Buckmaster on cello, Terry Cox of Pentangle on drums, Roger Coulam of Blue Mink on organ, Tony Visconti on recorders and David Bowie.
The programme was transmitted the following month on 14th June 1969 at 10:55pm by BBC 2.
The White Bear Public House was the home of The Strawbs own 'Arts Lab' at 198 Kingsley Road, Hounslow in Middlesex.
(Ed. If you're ever in the area, on the corner of Denbigh Road and Kingsley Road, or by chance happen to drive by, you might be surprised to stumble upon a huge 8 foot, 800 pound White Polar Bear outside the pub - then you'll know you're at the right place).
PLACEBOWIE FIVE YEARS 6th February 2006
News had just come over... well it came over last week but I forgot to mention it...
PLACEBO interviewed on television recently with frontman BRIAN MOLKO performing an intriguing acoustic version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Five Years'.
TV ON THE RADIO: ICA GIG AND NEW ALBUM 6th February 2006
The January 2006 issue of URB magazine (Issue 133) - featuring LADY SOVEREIGN on the front cover - are reporting that DAVID BOWIE lends guest vocals to a song on their next album of TV ON THE RADIO.
The band have now completed work on their much-anticipated second album. Other guests on the album include Photek, Craig Wedgren, Chris Coady and members of Dragons of Zynth, Antibalas, and Celebration.
When asked about the direction of the new record, TVOTR cryptically replied: "The songs are quite delicious... we will crash into the sun."
TVOTR will be kicking off the campaign for the new record with a one-off performance at the ICA in London which takes place on March 6th.
Tickets are on sale now priced at £12.50. They are available from the venue box office, which is open between midday and 9.30pm - the telephone number is 020 7930 3647. Tickets are also available from the ICA website.
You might recall that David checked out the band at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last October. He namedropped them way back in June 2004.
In case you missed it first time around, if you nip on over to Touch and Go / Quarterstick Records website you can download a Free Unreleased MP3 courtesy of TV On The Radio entitled Dry Drunk Emperor (7.8 mb).
'COS WE BELIEVE IN YOU 4th February 2006
LUKE PRITCHARD frontman with Brighton-based band THE KOOKS was interviewed by Planet Pop in The Manchester Evening News - gets asked the inevitable question - and states:
Q: You're named after a David Bowie song. Has Jareth The Goblin King given you any feedback?
Luke: "I don't know man, but I dread to think what he makes of us. (Laughs) I doubt he's heard our music. He might of heard the name and thought 'Oh that's a song I wrote'."
Q: What ingredients do The Kooks bring to the world of music?
Luke: "Um... I suppose we try and be eclectic and diverse and I suppose we want to evolve and write really great pop songs. And bring back traditional pop songs to the table. We're influenced by David Bowie, Lou Reed, classic stuff."
DAVID CHECKS OUT DEERHOOF 3rd February 2006
DAVID BOWIE was out on the town on Monday night to check out DEERHOOF at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
At the crowded sold-out show on Monday evening (30th January), David was rocking out for most of the night sat in the VIP section.
The San Fransico-based band Deerhoof are: Satomi Matsuzaki (vocals, guitar), Chris Cohen (bass), John Dieterich (guitar) and Greg Saunier (drums).
Here's the heads up about a new DAVID BOWIE club in Stockholm, Sweden.
'Bowie Bar' takes place on Wednesday 8th February kl 20-02 (Swedish time) at KGB Bar and Restaurant, Malmskillnadsgatan 45, Stockholm, Sweden.
DJs: Jonas and Fredrik. The entrance is FREE! Although you have to be 20 years old to get in.
A LOT of Bowie will be played, old and new stuff, hits and classics as well as rare stuff, along with artists and music in one way or another related to Bowie.
From Jonas and Fredrik.
2. CONTAMINATION: A TRIBUTE 2nd February 2006
FTC Records will be releasing 2. Contamination: A Tribute to David Bowie on 28th February in the form of a limited edition deluxe edition 2-Disc set.
This 3rd installment of the 'Failure To Communicate' Tribute Series will begin to ship in Winter of '06. The first pressing will be a limited deluxe edition, with 35 songs on 2 CDs, packaged together with a 36 page booklet documenting each artist's stories of David Bowie's influence and experiences. This deluxe edition is limited and numbered only to 1000 copies, so order yours now via the FTC Records website.
Contributing artists include many of today's top up and coming acts and all songs are exclusive only to this CD.
The tracklisting runs as follows:
Lying Delilah: 'Within You' The Dresden Dolls: 'Life On Mars' Meg Lee Chin: "Heroes" The Brides: 'John. I'm Only Dancing' David J: 'Time' Revue Noir: 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide' Voltaire: 'China Girl' Starlit: 'Modern Love' Jupiter Blue: 'Space Oddity' Fashion Bomb: 'I'm Afraid Of Americans' Terminal Bliss: 'Rebel Rebel' Count Zero: 'Golden Years' Mr. Russia: 'Boys Keep Swinging' The Metrosexuals: 'Andy Warhol' Egostatic: 'Fame' Sheriff Scabs: 'Savior Machine' Kaligare: 'Look Back In Anger' Ahab Rex: 'Hearts Filty Lesson' Press: 'Sound And Vision' Abbeyvain: 'Quicksand' Emulsion: 'Warszawa' Hatian Hate Gods: 'Little Wonder' High Blue Star: 'Fashion' Hearts Fail: 'The Man Who Sold The World' Flutter: 'As The World Falls Down' KAH5: 'Cracked Actor' The ChiTown Furies: '1984' Tragic Vitality: 'Oh! You Pretty Things' Purple Car: 'You Belong In Rock 'N' Roll' Museum: 'Ashes To Ashes' The Milk of Korova: 'Be My Wife' Sibyl Vane: 'I'm Deranged' Tides of Mars: 'Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)' Schlechtes Mord-Bumsen: 'Breaking Glass' *Bonus Track: 'Five Years' (live)
*Bonus Track only available in Deluxe Edition. Track listing and order subject to change.
Thanks to Ruth for the pointer via Flashback8.
LATEST BW POLL RESULTS 2nd February 2006
So far in the current BowieWonderworld poll to select your favourite closing DAVID BOWIE song - from the 1,167 votes cast so far, the top five chosen are as follows:
01. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide 02. Wild Is The Wind 03. Lady Grinning Soul 04. Heathen (The Rays) 05. Bewlay Brothers
The long awaited video for 'The Cynic' the song featuring DAVID BOWIE is finished. And the result is astonishing: it's a truly unique visual/sonic melt of Kashmir/El Lissitzky/animation/montage with a twist of the Thin White Duke. It will be aired on national programs such as Liga .dk, Boogie List and MTV soon.
'The Cynic' vinyl - the 7 inch vinyl single is available in Danish shops. The b-side on the single is a demo that didn't make it to the studio sessions for No Balance Palace. The track is called 'Supergirl (demonstrations skizze)' and it has an eerie appealing feel.
The 4-track European Maxi-CD single (Sony BMG) released this month on 17th February features the following songs:
01. The Cynic (featuring David Bowie) 02. Supergirl - (demonstrations skizze) 03. Snowman - (organic draft) 04. The Dusk Hour - (sidestep walk)
Reminder: Don't forget that DAVID BOWIE is one of the recipients of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Awards by The Recording Academy. Besides David, Cream, Merle Haggard, Robert Johnson, Jessye Norman, Richard Pryor, and the Weavers will receive The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris Blackwell, Owen Bradley and Al Schmitt will be honoured with The Academy's Trustees Award. Bell Labs/Western Electric and Tom Dowd have been named recipients of the Technical GRAMMY Award.
Formal acknowledgment of these special merit awards will be made at an elite ceremony during GRAMMY Week on Tuesday, February 7th, as well as during the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which will be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 8th, and broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
As mentioned back in December last year, Toronto Canada-based publishers ECW PRESS are currently working with DAVE THOMPSON on a sequel to his fabulous DAVID BOWIE 'Moonage Daydream' book that was first published back in 1987.
The book is scheduled for publication on June 30th. (ISBN: 1550227335).
This sequel entitled 'Hallo Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie' will capture the most recent 18 years of David Bowie's life, from 1987 onwards.
DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE CONVENTION AT THE CAVERN 1st February 2006
For all the peeps who've emailed in asking about the 2006 DAVID BOWIE Tribute Convention in Liverpool - here's the low-down...
The convention takes place on Saturday 12th August 2006 at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club - birthplace of The Beatles.
Tribute band THE BOWIE EXPERIENCE are to perform. Thirty-four events from January to November featuring all the top tributes from around the UK and abroad.
Each convention starts at 12 noon and ends at 12 midnight and features: headline tribute act, support act, rare and vintage film footage, guest speakers and forums and memorabilia.
Tickets are on sale now priced at £10 each but there are only 150 tickets available for each gig - which the organisers state that they sell out pretty quick.
Venue: Cavern Club and Pub 8-10 Mathew Street, Liverpool Merseyside, England. Enquiries: 0151 222 1957. Ticket Website
And some more upcoming 2006 news for The Bowie Experience... they are teaming up with the MARC BOLAN T. Rex tribute act JEEPSTER to do "double header" shows. Bowie will do a set, Bolan will do a set and then Bowie and Bolan will appear on stage together, should be cool.