The DAVID BOWIE costume mentioned on here several times over the past few months was sold via Christie's in London for £10,800 pounds ($21,500).
The new owners are the Hard Rock Cafe who are the world's biggest collector and exhibitor of rock memorabilia.
Hard Rock paid almost double the £4,000 to £6,000 presale estimate for the costume worn by David at The 1980 Floor Show TV NBC Special filmed in London at The Marquee in October 1973.
Designed by Freddie Burretti, the auction lot details described the costume as a 'one-piece costume of asymmetrical design, the blue ground with silver nylon thread weave, appliquéd on the body and leg with a flame design in orange, red, yellow, gold and pink.'
The costume was discovered by chance by a New York stylist who used to hunt around costume shops and flea markets, Sarah Hodgson, head of popular entertainment at Christie's London, said in a televised interview earlier this month.
HE'S GOT MEDALS 27th April 2007
DAVID BOWIE was one of the guests at the Syracuse University event to honour LOU REED which took place at the W New York Union Square Hotel in New York City last night.
Lou was awarded the 'George Arents Pioneer Medal for Excellence In The Arts' which is Syracuse University's Highest Alumni Award.
Lou - real name Lewis Allan Reed - attended the academic institute in the 1960s where he studied for a degree in English.
During the dinner the University also announced an $8,000-a-year scholarship programme for English majors interested in creative writing. One student will be chosen as its 'Lou Reed/Delmore Schwartz Scholar', named after the rocker and his late mentor.
Other guests included: Laurie Anderson, Bono, Nancy Cantor (Chancellor and President), Martin Bandier, Oscar Hijuelos, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and many others.
Check out some photographs from the event at the: WireImage website.
RAGING BULLS**T 26th April 2007
There was hugging - not slugging - Tuesday night when supposed feudists DAVID BOWIE and ROBERT DE NIRO came face to face.
Some guests at the party kicking off De Niro's sixth annual Tribeca Film Festival held their breath when Bowie, sleek in a beige suit, arrived.
Just that day, New York magazine's Web site had quoted an unnamed source as claiming the forthcoming Bowie-curated High Line Festival was "driving Robert De Niro crazy."
Spotting Bowie, De Niro quickly took him aside.
"I told him that story was bullshit," the Raging Bull related to us. "The more festivals the better. They all help New York."
A diplomatic Thin White Duke said the High Line fest, which begins May 9, "is going to be quite different. There's nothing like the Tribeca Film Festival."
A deserted stretch of road in Long Island City, Queens seems like an unlikely spot for an art and fashion happening that could have been straight out of San Francisco circa 1971. But that's precisely what occurred in on a recent Friday night this month in a converted warehouse building, Local Project Gallery at the opening night of 'FROCK N ROLL'
The exhibit and fashion show, on view through 28th April, was curated by Wendy Gosselin and Veronica Ibarra, two New York City artists who share a passion for all things rock 'n roll, particularly the point where art and music converge.
The collaboration between the two was spawned at a New York Dolls concert last summer, fittingly enough. They then rounded up a group nearly 30 artists consisting of people Gosselin knew from San Francisco, where she was living up until a year ago, as well as friends of Ibarra, all of whom use music and fashion, both past and present, as their creative inspiration in their work.
Ibarra's large color photographs - her friends dressed as modern day glitter heroes and heroines - documents her friends and family in her apartment over the past few years. Ibarra sites "costumes, fantasy setting and over-the-top makeup" as a few of the things that inspire her work and describes her photographs as 'real life fairy tales'.
Her work reveals a seamless blending of art and life, where self-expression is an act of performance. One portrait of a local glam/metal deejay, 'Lady Starlight's Reflection', shows the extent to which one will go to perfect a look in the name of rock 'n roll - the subject has transformed herself into a Ziggy Stardust-era DAVID BOWIE look-alike. For some, this constitutes a costume - for Ibarra and her circle of friends, it's a way of life. Sidewalks and subway platforms are their stages.
'Lady Starlight's Reflection,' 60 Avenue B Series, NYC, 2005, by Veronica Ibarra on view at 'Frock N Roll' through this Saturday, 28th April at the Local Project Gallery, 2136 44th Road, Long Island City, New York.
By Renata Espinosa
SCOTT WALKER - 30 CENTURY MAN 25th April 2007
Update: The new movie documentary SCOTT WALKER - 30 CENTURY MAN which is executive-produced and also stars DAVID BOWIE goes on general release in UK cinemas from this coming Friday 27th April.
The film also features Radiohead, Johnny Marr, Gavin Friday, Jarvis Cocker, Dot Allison, Sting, Alison Goldfrapp and more.
Released by Verve Pictures - CHECK HERE for your nearest cinema.
The U.S. Premiere takes place at the Tribeca Film Festival - premieres on May 2nd and 3rd - tribecafilmfestival.org and the film will open internationally from Fall 2007 - keep your eye on scottwalkerfilm.com for more information.
Last night DAVID BOWIE and IMAN were attendees at the 6th Annual TriBeCa Film Festival Vanity Fair Party in New York City at the State Supreme Court House.
The couple both looked stunning, on this their 15th Wedding Anniversary. Iman in a gorgeous green dress and David in a cream McQueen suit.
Other celebrities in attendance included the following:
Robert De Niro and wife Grace Hightower, Lauren Bacall, Sam Robards, Christopher Walkden, Lenny Kravitz and daughter Zoe, Christy Turlington, Edward Burns, Harvey Weinstein, Kerry Washington, Brian Williams, Calvin Klein, Georgina Chapman, Chris Cooper, John McEnroe, Patty Smyth, Gayle King, Walter Kronkite, Whoopi Goldberg, Griffin Dunne, Andrew and Anna Paquin, Fran Lebowitz, Anna Paquin, Craig Hatkoff, Kerry Washington, Minnie Driver, Narciso Rodriguez, Jared Kushmer, Jessica Seinfeld, Jane Rosenthal, Edie Falco, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert and Luccinda Morganthal, Charlie Rose, Cornelia Guest, Ivanka Trump, Sidsel Robards, Amy Sacco, Julie Chen, Les Moonves, Mira Nair, Patricia Herrera, Rachel Roy, Damon Dash, Serena Altschul, Sirio Maccioni, Stephanie Seymour, Peter Brant, Tom Freston and many others.
• Tribute act DAVID IS BOWIE performs at The Springhead Public House, Willerby Road, Hull, East Yorkshire on Thursday 3rd May - (from Sean)...
• Get ready for ELITE BEAT AGENTS - the new delightfully zany music Nintendo DS game which features DAVID BOWIE's 'Let's Dance' as one of the 19 songs. You need rhythm to keep the agents dancing and save the day but the game presents faster, more demanding patterns of icons to hit as you move through bizarre scenarios. The game is challenging even on the default difficulty setting, with many songs taking time to master, however the game is addictive and fun to play. Elite Beat Agents is scheduled for release in June...
• Photographer MICK ROCK has an exhibition 'All The Young Dudes' featuring some of his DAVID BOWIE photographs on display at the San Francisco Art Exchange from October through to November. The exhibition is produced and curated in association with Raj Prem Fine Art Photography. His exhibition is currently on display at V!P's International Art Galleries in Rotterdam, The Netherlands - 13th April and runs until 6th May...
• The newly released album from Australian singer KATE CEBERANO sees her covering DAVID BOWIE's 1977 classic "Heroes". Nine Lime Avenue features covers of her favourite songs including Raspberry Beret, Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Brass In Pocket, Roxanne and It Must Be Love. The album released Universal is available now...
• The MIKE GARSON Trio perform this coming Friday 27th April at The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202 at 6:30 pm and 8 pm...
• New bands with great names... Bolton-based band BURN THE MONA LISA were interviewed in the Bolton News... singer Nick Miller was asked the question: If you could play with one band, who would it be and why? His reply: 'David Bowie, just to share a stage with the person who inspired me to make music and be artistic with it.' - [Read here]...
• Former DAVID BOWIE backing singer HOLLY PALMER performs on Friday 27th April at The Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, California CA 90028. Tickets $7 on the door. Show starts at 7pm. You can eat dinner there too. Hotel Cafe doesn't take reservations, so you may want to come a little early to get a good spot, especially if you do want to eat...
• Heavy rock band POISON who recorded their own version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Suffragette City' recently, have now placed it for download on their myspace pages - some great lead guitar work from C.C. DeVille - go take a listen...
• Minneapolis "supergroup" GOLDEN SMOG featuring Dan Murphy, Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Kraig Jarret Johnson and Jeff Tweedy have a new 8-track album 'Blood On The Slacks' out now which features their cover of DAVID BOWIE's 'Starman' - [Listen here]...
THEY CAN DO THAT 24th April 2007
DAVID BOWIE and IMAN were out on the town on last night attending The Food Bank of New York Can-Do 2007 Awards who were honouring U2's guitarist The Edge and Saturday Night cast member and actor Jimmy Fallon.
The other honourees for 2007 were: Credit Suisse, Southern Wine and Spirits of America and Time Out New York.
The annual fundraising event took place at Abigail Kirsch's Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City with former US President Bill Clinton performing the role as honorary chairman for the Can-Do Awards dinner.
Tickets for the event ran from $500 for an individual admission, all the way up to $50,000 for two prime tables that each seat 10 people.
A whole host of celebs and names were also present including: Chelsea Clinton, Lou Reed, Diana Krall, Christy Turlington, Adam Clayton, Elvis Costello, Mario Batali, Michael Stipe, Andy Astrachan, Patti Smith, Emeril Lagasse, John Cusimano, John Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Josh Hartnett, Kate Bosworth, Morleigh Steinberg, Paul McGuinness, Rachel Ray, Denis Leary, Helena Christensen, Ed Burns, James Rousseau, Jeannie Kedas, John Sykes, Van Toffler, Judy McGrath, Kathy Freston, Mike Mills, Steve Schirripa and many others.
The Food Bank Of New York City supplies 250,000 free meals every day to people in need throughout New York City.
More details about this worthwhile charity can be found at foodbanknyc.org website.
HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY TO DAVID AND IMAN 24th April 2007
Wishing a very Happy 15th Wedding Anniversary to DAVID and IMAN, who married during a civil ceremony in Switzerland, at the Lausanne Registrar Office this very day fifteen years ago on 24th April 1992.
Then later they held their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy on the 6th June 1992.
The traditional wedding gift for the 15th anniversary is crystal.
Nowadays, the contemporary or modern 15th anniversary gift is watches.
LOOKING FOR WATER 23rd April 2007
BALLYGOWAN Mineral Water in Ireland are running an advert featuring a beautiful salsa/latino cover version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Let's Dance' performed by Irish singer PAULA FLYNN.
The advert as it happens, also features people dancing and is part of a series of adverts dealing with the theme 'Bodies Never Lie' - health and physicality being the sub-theme. The previous advert in the series featured the original of T-Rex's Cosmic Dancer.
Paula Flynn's breathy vocals on her version of 'Let's Dance' can be heard briefly on her Myspace pages and I think the song will be released by EMI in the near future.
From Brendan and Mike.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 23rd April 2007
•IMAN appears on the front cover of the May issue of TOLD magazine. Inside there's an interview that she did with Damian Wilson as well as some fab photographs. Check out their website @ told-magazine.com...
• Keyboardist extraordinaire MIKE GARSON is performing twice at the HIGH LINE FESTIVAL on the 16th and 17th May. Mike will be opening for KEN NORDINE in New York. DAVID BOWIE is curator of the festival - more information and details can be found at highlinefestival.com website...
DEMANDING BILLY DOLLS 21st April 2007
The other night I somehow accidentally stumbled across the words '...and the eternal truth that a day without Bowie is like day without sunshine' via the Google search engine.
Hmm interesting quote... nice wording... I was intrigued.
I found I was reading through the online diaries written by KRISTIAN HOFFMAN on his website. I vaguely remembered his name from somewhere or other and eventually read he played with bands like Mumps, The Swinging Madisons and Bleaker Street Incident.
One particular diary entry he recalls seeing THE NEW YORK DOLLS at the Avalon, in September 2004. The subheadline stated 'featuring Kristian's Original Vintage Brownie Instamatic Snaps' and stated... (scroll down about two screens to see them).
I didn't bother scrolling and just started reading from the top. Eventually when I got half way down the diary entry I got a great surprise.
His 'original vintage Brownie instatmatic snaps' featured this one taken in 1972 at the Mercer Arts Center, New York City in the Oscar Wilde Room.
Who's that in the audience dressed in white with the cosmic red hot red toilet brush hair-do?
Don't forget the diary columns also - some hilarious and fascinating stuff.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 19th April 2007
•GENESIS PUBLICATIONS now have online their mini-site dedicated to the forthcoming publication 'From Station To Station' by GEOFF MacCORMACK - [view here]...
•DAVID BOWIE's 1971 classic Life On Mars? re-entered the UK singles chart at number 55 thanks in part to the UK TV series 'Life On Mars'...
• The new play devised and directed by MICHAEL KANTOR 'Sleeping Beauty' will feature Renee Geyer, Alison Bell and Ian Stenlake and a live band in an examination of a woman's life through the fabric of the fairy tale. It will include songs by DAVID BOWIE, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave and John Lennon. The play opens at the Merlyn Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on 6th July until 28th July...
• Up and coming new band THE METROSEXUALS best described as a 'dark, synth-pop quartet' are currently performing an excellent cover version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Andy Warhol' from his Hunky Dory album. Visit metrosexualmusic.com website (click on Audio link to listen) or you can check out their myspace pages where you can listen and download their Warhol cover.....
EL HOMBRE QUE VENDIO EL MUNDO 18th April 2007
As you can see DAVID BOWIE appears on the front cover of the Mexican magazine MARVIN for their latest May 2007 issue.
Inside there is retrospective feature 'David Bowie. El hombre que vendió al mundo. y sigue siendo el dueño' with articles written by Joselo, Rodrigo Rothschild and Silvia Gutiérrez.
Also featured in this issue are Iggy Pop and Arcade Fire.
BOB DYLAN, on his acclaimed US radio show, Theme Time Radio Hour, played DAVID BOWIE's 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide' and told a quick story of Bowie's retirement at the end of the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane tour.
The show is one hour and the the Bowie reference is circa 45 mins in. Check out xmradio.com/bobdylan website.
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 14th April 2007
• A BOWIE MANIA party will be held at La Fleche D'or in Paris, France on 24th April for the release of the French tribute cd Bowie Mania compiled by Béatrice Ardisson. View flyer - [from LunaMagic]...
• Former DAVID BOWIE guitarist ADRIAN BELEW makes a special guest appearance tomorrow (15th April) from noon to 2pm to sign autographs at the first-ever WMTS Radio Benefit Record Convention: 10 am to 4 pm at the Holiday Inn, 2227 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA. Admission is $3. (615) 898-2636, ext. 3; or visit wmts.org for more details...
•SPACE ODDITY 'A Tribute to David Bowie Starring David Brighton'. perform at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater in Claremont, CA on 7th June - Tickets $45.00 per person includes Dinner and Show. To make reservations please call (909) 626-1254 ext.1...
WOODY CAUGHT 'RED HANDED' 14th April 2007
Former Spiders From Mars drummer MICK 'WOODY' WOODMANSEY appears on the new album 'Red Handed' by GILLIAN GLOVER which is released on 14th May via Maniac Squat Records.
There are a few gigs happening this month (all with Woody, except 14th and 21st April). Roger Glover (of Deep Purple) may make a guest appearance at the gig on the 20th.
April 14th: The Foresters, Castle Road, Colchester, Essex. April 15th: The Anchor Inn, Barcombe Mills, Nr Lewes, West Sussex (featuring Woody). April 20th:Whitechapel Gallery, 1 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 - (featuring Woody). April 21st: Filthy McNastys, 68 Amwell Street, Angel, London EC1. June 14th: The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 - (featuring Woody).
The Young Americans Special Edition comes as a CD/DVD set with three bonus tracks. The DVD features newly mixed audio from producer Tony Visconti as well as video clips from a 1974 'Dick Cavett Show' performance and interview, as well as 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
The Best Of David Bowie 1980-1987: Sight and Sound also comes as a CD/DVD, but this DVD consists entirely of Bowie's videos from this era, two of which have not seen release before now.
The tracklisting runs as follows:
CD: 01. Let's Dance (Single Version) 02. Ashes To Ashes (Single Version) 03. Under Pressure 04. Fashion (Single Version) 05. Modern Love (Single Version) 06. China Girl (Single Version) 07. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Single Version) 08. Up The Hill Backwards (1999 Digital Remaster) 09. Alabama Song 10. The Drowned Girl 11. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Film Version Single Edit) 12. This Is Not America (David Bowie and the Pat Metheny Group) 13. Loving The Alien 14. Absolute Beginners (Single Version) 15. When The Wind Blows 16. Blue Jean 17. Day-In Day-Out (Single Version) 18. Time Will Crawl 19. Underground (Single Version)
DVD: 01. Ashes To Ashes 02. Fashion 03. Under Pressure 04. The Drowned Girl (previously unavailable) 05. Let's Dance 06. China Girl 07. Modern Love 08. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) 09. Blue Jean 10. Loving The Alien 11. Absolute Beginners 12. Underground 13. When The Wind Blows (previously unavailable) 14. Day-In Day-Out 15. Time Will Crawl
• Update on the two DAVID BOWIE paintings recently up for auction at CHRISTIE'S Rock and Pop Memorabilia Auction in London. Self portrait D-Head IX (Lot 0967) price realised £1,800 although D-Head XXXV (Lot 0968) went unsold...
•DAVID BOWIE tribute band DIAMOND DOGS - The Sound and Vision of David Bowie, will be playing an all ages show at House of Blues, Cleveland Cambridge Room, Cleveland, Ohio, USA on May 11th. Tickets are $10 went on sale April 9th, and are available through ticketmaster. Doors are at 9pm show begins at 10pm - [More details]...
• Six-piece band HUNKY DORY tribute to DAVID BOWIE perform on Saturday 28th April at Widmer End Football Club. Some tickets available, price includes champagne reception, dinner and entertainment. Tickets are £35 per head - [More details here]...
•JEFF DUFF aka 'Ziggy Played The Vanguard' the DAVID BOWIE tribute show has three performances lined up in Newtown, Sydney, Australia on 26th, 27th and 28th April. More details available at jeffduff.com and thevanguard.com.au websites - [from Mr.Kenneth]...
ZIGGY COSTUME AT CHRISTIE'S 11th April 2007
As mentioned previously CHRISTIE'S upcoming auction featuring one of DAVID BOWIE's costumes from his The 1980 Floor Show takes place on 26th April in South Kensington, London.
(Lot Number 0119 - Sale Number 5234) is described as 'a flamboyant stage costume worn by David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, 1973, the one-piece costume of asymmetrical design, the blue ground with silver nylon thread weave, appliquéd on the body and leg with a flame design in orange, red, yellow, gold and pink satin, the right arm with five graduated cascading panels similarly decorated and lined with acid yellow satin -- designed and made for David Bowie by Freddi Buretti, worn by Bowie for his last appearance as Ziggy Stardust, Marquee Club, London, November, 1973'.
Estimate price of £4,000 - £6,000 (British pounds).
Update: Genesis Publications now have online their mini-site dedicated to this publication - [view here]
You can now order your copy of FROM STATION TO STATION the new publication by GEOFF MacCORMACK and published by Genesis Publications.
From 11am GMT+1 Tuesday 10th April you will be able to call to order your copy on Tel: +44 (0) 1483 540970.
Click here to download an exclusive information sheet
showcasing this special limited edition. The second page shows the order form for you to complete and fax or use as a template when calling one of the helpful Genesis staff.
Price and Delivery Dates: Deluxe copies (Numbers 1-350) will be available for £425 plus shipping and Collector copies (Numbers 351-2000) will be available for £295 plus shipping. The master binders in Milan expect to fulfil Deluxe orders from the start of May* with Collector copies from the beginning of June*. (* These dates may change).
THE GLASS SPIDER 1987 concert gets the 2007 DVD special treatment with the release date scheduled for 4th June by EMI.
The DVD will be available in two versions, either as a single DVD, with twenty-two 2007 digitally remastered tracks and also as a 'Special Edition' release. The Special Edition has an extra Double CD, containing twenty-five live tracks.
As you know the concert was recorded in November 1987 in Australia at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Guest guitarist Charlie Sexton joined the band for the encores of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' and 'White Light / White Heat'.
DVD - Standard Edition: 01. Intro / Up The Hill Backwards (2007 Digital Remaster) 02. Glass Spider (2007 Digital Remaster) 03. Day-In, Day-Out (2007 Digital Remaster) 04. Bang Bang (2007 Digital Remaster) 05. Absolute Beginners (2007 Digital Remaster) 06. Loving The Alien (2007 Digital Remaster) 07. China Girl (2007 Digital Remaster) 08. Rebel Rebel (2007 Digital Remaster) 09. Fashion (2007 Digital Remaster) 10. Never Let Me Down (2007 Digital Remaster) 11. "Heroes" (2007 Digital Remaster) 12. Sons Of The Silent Age (2007 Digital Remaster) 13. Band Introduction (2007 Digital Remaster) 14. Young Americans (2007 Digital Remaster) 15. The Jean Genie (2007 Digital Remaster) 16. Let's Dance (2007 Digital Remaster) 17. Time (2007 Digital Remaster) 18. Fame (2007 Digital Remaster) 19. Blue Jean (2007 Digital Remaster) 20. I Wanna Be Your Dog (2007 Digital Remaster) 21. White Light/White Heat (2007 Digital Remaster) 22. Modern Love (2007 Digital Remaster)
DVD and 2CD (Special Edition) DVD 01. Intro / Up The Hill Backwards (2007 Digital Remaster) 02. Glass Spider (2007 Digital Remaster) 03. Day-In, Day-Out (2007 Digital Remaster) 04. Bang Bang (2007 Digital Remaster) 05. Absolute Beginners (2007 Digital Remaster) 06. Loving The Alien (2007 Digital Remaster) 07. China Girl (2007 Digital Remaster) 08. Rebel Rebel (2007 Digital Remaster) 09. Fashion (2007 Digital Remaster) 10. Never Let Me Down (2007 Digital Remaster) 11. "Heroes" (2007 Digital Remaster) 12. Sons Of The Silent Age (2007 Digital Remaster) 13. Band Introduction (2007 Digital Remaster) 14. Young Americans (2007 Digital Remaster) 15. The Jean Genie (2007 Digital Remaster) 16. Let's Dance (2007 Digital Remaster) 17. Time (2007 Digital Remaster) 18. Fame (2007 Digital Remaster) 19. Blue Jean (2007 Digital Remaster) 20. I Wanna Be Your Dog (2007 Digital Remaster) 21. White Light/White Heat (2007 Digital Remaster) 22. Modern Love (2007 Digital Remaster)
CD 1 01. Intro / Up The Hill Backwards (Live) 02. Glass Spider (Live) 03. Day-In, Day-Out (Live) 04. Bang Bang (Live) 05. Absolute Beginners (Live) 06. Loving The Alien (Live) 07. China Girl (Live) 08. Rebel Rebel (Live) 09. Fashion (Live) 10. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (Live) 11. All The Madmen (Live) 12. Never Let Me Down (Live)
CD 2: 01. Big Brother (Live) 02. '87 And Cry (Live) 03. "Heroes" (Live) 04. Sons Of The Silent Age (Live) 05. Time Will Crawl (Live) 06. Young Americans (Live) 07. Beat Of Your Drum (Live) 08. The Jean Genie (Live) 09. Let's Dance (Live) 10. Fame (Live) 11. Time (Live) 12. Blue Jean (Live) 13. Modern Love (Live)
Background: In 1987 Bowie took his most spectacular and extravagant tour since 'Diamond Dogs' on the road to the massive stadiums of the world. He promised fans an event "overflowing with make-up, costumes and theatrical sets", and his Glass Spider tour did not disappoint. The show opened in Rotterdam in May and began with 4 dancers falling from the belly of a 50ft high spider complete with illuminated, flashing legs that straddled the stage. The whole event was what Bowie described as "ultra theatrical" with "fragments of film, projected images" and "a slight narrative form... it's almost what I believe a modern musical should look like".
ROLLING STONE feature an interview with IGGY POP by David Fricke where the legendary Stooge looks back on his forty-year reign as the world's wildest, craziest punk. Highlights include:...
How did you end up in New York for your fateful meeting with David Bowie at Max's Kansas City?
I'd been given a ticket to Florida by the manager Steve Paul to explore the idea of becoming a singer for Rick Derringer, late of the McCoys. Steve had seen the Stooges at the Goose Lake Festival [in 1970] and found my performance frightening. Then he chimed in with the usual litany: "Let's get this guy out of the group and put some real musicians around him."
I knew I wasn't doing that. I weaseled out of that deal and ended up crashing at [ex-Elektra A&R man] Danny Fields' apartment in New York. I was there one night, watching Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on TV and getting misty, because I identified with it. I felt and still feel the business I'm in is more corrupt than I am. Then the phone rings, and it's Danny at Max's. It took three calls for him to get me there to meet David: "Look, this guy could help you."
Everything Bowie did for you as a fan and friend is well documented. But what did you do for him?
One thing I can tell you for sure: For three years, I was a guinea pig. If he had a new idea and wasn't sure how to approach it, he would write or arrange something in a similar manner for one of my projects. He had a period where he worked with personnel and engineers with me first, until he got the lay of the land. Then he would do his album with them. That was just a practical part of him.
Honestly, I gave him an outlet for an overflow of talent and ideas he had. The more obscure and weird the idea, that's what I wanted. As for whether he got ideas from me, he was soaking them up from everybody. Everything was a source. We went to Bali years later. He bought a gamelan and shipped it to Switzerland: "I can play that." And he did - on 'Loving The Alien'.
'Lust For Life' is the best and best-known song from your days with Bowie in Berlin. How much of it is autobiography?
It's William Burroughs, from The Ticket That Exploded and The Soft Machine. I loved that Dr. Benway line: "Love, what is it anyway? It's just like when you hypnotize a chicken." And there was Johnny Yen, the Venusian green boy - he's gonna sell you the love con. He'll go through your closet while you're staring into space. I was mixing that with personal experience.
The riff was directly lifted from Armed Forces TV. I wonder if they still use it. At four o'clock in the afternoon, the channel came on with this black-and-white image of a radio tower, going beep-beep-beep beep-beep-ba-beep. Exactly like that. We were watching it one day, and there was a ukulele nearby. David grabbed it, said, "Get your tape recorder," and knocked it out on the ukulele.
SWITCHES are calling on their fans to help them choose a cover track for their forthcoming single. The London four-piece plan to cover one of five songs as a digital B-side for their next single 'Lay Down The Law'.
Fans are being invited to vote for either DAVID BOWIE's 'Boys Keep Swinging', Beck's 'Sexx Laws', Weezer's 'Buddy Holly', Blur's 'Girls And Boys' or The Raconteurs' 'Steady, As She Goes' for the release, which is due out on 16th April.
For those of you too young to have been members of STARZONE the DAVID BOWIE unofficial fanzine based in the UK several years ago run by David Currie, Kevin Cann and Gina now have the opportunity to grab hold of these Bowie posters.
There's an early shot of David on Clapham Common in 1966, a repro gig 1972 concert poster from the Plymouth Guild Hall, a fabulous 80s shot of David holding an orange and a live shot taken from his 1983 Serious Moonlight world tour.
All the posters were originally available from their fanzine at the time. The special set of 4 posters (size 60x42cm) cost a mere £9.99 and are available exclusively at PUSH POSTERS
TAKE A QUICK BUTCHERS... 3rd April 2007
• For those of you who thought the news piece below on 1st April was an April Fool's Joke... erm click here and you might be pleasantly surprised...
• British band RISE TO ADDICTION release their debut album 'A New Shade of Black For The Soul' on 14th May on the Mausoleum Records label. One particular track 'Fessonia' was written and recorded by long-time DAVID BOWIE band member MIKE GARSON...
• Rock band POISON have recorded a new album of cover songs featuring many of their favourite rock classics. 'Poison'd' features their cover of DAVID BOWIE's 1972 iconic track 'Suffragette City'. The album is released on 5th June on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol...
• Hard rocker GLENN DANZIG has trolled through his archives for a 26-track collection to be entitled 'The Lost Tracks of Danzig'. The double-disc set, which features all previously unreleased material, is scheduled for release on 29th May via evilive. Some of the uncovered songs were nearly finished, while others required new vocal and instrumental parts. Disc 2 features his cover version of DAVID BOWIE's 'Cat People'...
THE HAND THAT WROTE THIS LETTER 1st April 2007
Nearly forty-years ago, back in 1967 there was a young fourteen-year-old girl named SANDRA ADAMS who lived in Española, New Mexico.
Guess what her claim to fame is?... She has the unique distinction of being the first American to send DAVID BOWIE his first US fan letter.
Sandra says: "I was his first American fan. I wrote him a fan letter, it came back, I researched where to send it, it arrived.
"I knew that, because he sent me a long, full page typed letter, signed it cute, sent me photostatic copies (pre-Xerox) of his publicity shots, and a full front section of a newspaper he was on/in (Chelsea News? I have it all somewhere, but not all in one place).
"The original letter is in some safe place (darn me, when we moved...) but I definitely have it. There's a copy on the wall here in my office - it starts off..."
Dear Sandra, When I called in this, my manager's office, a few moments ago I was handed my very first American fan letter - and it was from you. I was so pleased that I had to sit down and type an immediate reply...
"It was 1967. My friends would come over and say 'Yeah, but who IS he?'
"My uncle was the manager of a C&W station in Amarillo, and they would get promotional albums. I had a cousin my age, had an old light-up juke box in her bedroom, had music of all sorts, and he would let her go through the non-C&W stuff and keep what she wanted. She didn't keep this one (the promo of his first album) and it came to me.
"It was weird, and interesting, and I wrote him a letter. I had told him I liked his writing, and the songs were good. I think I'd told him they were as good as the Beatles, maybe, or some such. I wish I had kept a copy of what I wrote.
"When he came to Santa Fe to film The Man Who Fell to Earth a couple of years later, my friends were saying 'GO MEET HIM!' I didn't. I was embarrassed or afraid he wouldn't remember me or something, and I didn't care as much then as I had before.
"The letter was sweet. I had offered to start a fan club. He said..."
I hope one day to get to America. My manager tells me lots about it as he has been there many times with other acts he manages. I was watching an old film on TV the other night called "No Down Payment" a great film, but rather depressing if it is a true reflection of The American Way Of Life. However, shortly after that they showed a documentary about Robert Frost the American poet, filmed mainly at his home in Vermont, and that evened the score. I am sure that that is nearer the real America.
"He asked me to write and tell me more about myself. I did. I always figured I was a reject for being fourteen years old. But probably he was swept away in being busy getting famous. And I was getting swept away in my interest in folk music, and my whirlwind of high school stuff, playing guitar, going to all-State, going to college early, and it was okay.
"I had thumb-tacked the newspaper to the ceiling of my room (acoustical tile) and it was there for two years. The best thing about the newspaper was I got my first taste of everyday British English, neither literary nor television or movie script. Advertisements and the everyday descriptions of things. A truck's engine had caught fire, but I had to figure that out, from a short article that said a lorry had had a fire under its bonnet. I was thrilled.
"The letter is on PITT stationery (the manager, Kenneth Pitt) and there are very few typos. Good typist. That impressed me too!"
• For the PERFORMANCE MIX FESTIVAL 2007 in New York City last week at Joyce SoHo saw dance artiste KELLY HAYES perform 'Wonder', along with Katy Orthwein and Storme Sundberg in bright flouncy dresses. Wondering why it's called Wonder? Well it's set to DAVID BOWIE's 1997 hit 'Little Wonder'...
• The DAVID BOWIE / QUEEN collaboration 'Under Pressure' features in a new commercial for PROPEL FITNESS WATER - you can watch 'Stress Monster' at their website...
• Tribute DAVID BOWIE tribute band ALL THE YOUNG DUDES perform at Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands on 20th April...
BUT I'M STILL GETTING EDUCATED 1st April 2007
Greater Manchester students could soon be learning about the likes of rock heroes DAVID BOWIE and Marc Bolan in an academic setting.
A visiting professor from the US has been invited to SALFORD UNIVERSITY to teach music enthusiasts about 1970s glam rock performance art.
Dr Philip Auslander, professor at the school of literature, communication and culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, has been appointed campus fellow at Salford's school of media, music and performance.
"I find the whole subject of glam rock fascinating but was surprised to find that it's been left aside in American and UK history of rock," he told Salford University.
"I'm very interested in the performance dimension of popular music and with its theatrical performances by the likes of Bolan and Bowie, glam rock was the obvious choice."
Dr Auslander has written on numerous topics including theatre, popular music, stand-up comedy and courtroom procedures. He has also authored a number of books, including Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music.