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AUGUST 1999 - DAVID BOWIE NEWS

JOHN PEEL NIGHT TONIGHT ON RADIO ONE
31st August 1999

Tonight at 8.00pm (GMT) on BBC Radio One there's a JOHN PEEL Special: Celebration of Radio 1's longest-serving DJ."... featuring special guests and previous in-session performances.

MUCHMUSIC TV BOWIE PERFORMANCE
31st August 1999

DAVID BOWIE is to headline the 10th Anniversary of the MuchMusic Video Awards. The show takes place on 23rd September in Toronto, Canada.

MuchMusic USA has a competition to win tickets to the show.

'hours...' RELEASED ON THE NET FIRST
31st August 1999

DAVID BOWIE has persuaded record company bosses to release his new album 'hours...' over the Internet first. The classic song-driven CD can be downloaded from 21st September, but won't be in the high street shops until 4th October.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DAVID BOWIE AND VIRGIN RECORDS JOIN WITH RETAIL TO BRING MUSIC CONSUMERS FIRST MAJOR LABEL ALBUM EVER TO BE FULLY DOWNLOADABLE FROM THE INTERNET

For the first time ever in the history of the music business, a major recording artist and a leading record company are joining with retail to bring a complete album to music fans via download from the Internet.

On Tuesday, September 21st, David Bowie and Virgin Records will make the ten songs from the artist's new album 'hours...' available via download from the Internet from any participating retailer. As a special bonus to the web-surfing music fan, an eleventh new track offered exclusively through the download will be provided. This exciting opportunity is being made available in conjunction with over 50 retailer outlets for only the two weeks prior to the album's actual in-store retail date of October 4th.

Announcing the new venture, Virgin Worldwide Vice Chairman Nancy Berry said, "David Bowie is one of the most technologically well informed and culturally progressive artists in the world. It is only natural that he be the first musician to bring his art to his fans in this manner. We are very excited to be part of this experiment in new music distribution with David and our distribution channel EMI Music Distribution (EMD). Although this process is not indicative of how Virgin will conduct business in the future, we are excited to be pioneering this development and look forward to many other exciting and ground-breaking advances."

Comments David Bowie, "I couldn't be more pleased to have the opportunity of moving the music industry closer to the process of making digital download available as the norm and not the exception. We are all aware that these broadband opportunities are not yet available to the overwhelming majority of people. However, just as colour television broadcasts and film content on home video tapes were required first steps to cause their industries to expand consumer use, I am hopeful that this small step will lead to larger steps by myself and others ultimately giving consumers greater choices and easier access to the music they enjoy. Concurrently, the Internet, with its low barriers of entry will allow retailers large and small to compete on a level playing field. This can only be of benefit to the consumer."

The music from 'hours...' will be downloadable in the Secure Digital Music Initiative-compatible formats Microsoft Audio 4.0 and Liquid Audio. (Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) is the global organisation of record and technology companies formed to develop a set of guidelines for digital distribution that safeguard original content). Microsoft and Liquid Audio will establish technical support in the United States as of September 21 to assist cyber savvy music fans with the download process. The download will be available via the major participating retailers, through which the fans will also be able purchase an actual CD with all the graphics, lyrics and recording information, not available from the download.

Comments Jay Samit, Senior Vice President, New Media, EMI Recorded Music, "While various artists have put singles on the web, this is the first time a full album has ever been available via digital download. It makes perfect sense that such a feat be spearheaded by David Bowie, possibly the most Web savvy of all artists and someone who has been on the cutting edge of popular culture. We are proud to be working with him in this endeavour and look forward to learning about customer behaviour with respect to this new distribution channel".

Comments Richard Cottrell, President and CEO, EMI Music Distribution, "We fully respect the role our retailers' play in selling our artists' music and therefore, we are pleased to further support their position by making this exciting initiative only available via their existing web sites. By distributing the digital download via our retailer sites we gain, for David Bowie's album, the maximum impact from the power of the retailer brands and their consumer reach".

Already a visionary in the field of the Internet as early as 1983, David Bowie's record breaking "Serious Moonlight" tour conducted all worldwide communications through a new process known as electronic mail. By 1988, Bowie had the first artist news group on the Internet. As the Internet evolved to the utilisation of the World Wide Web, Bowie pioneered both the earliest music web sites and later the world's first cybercast. He broke new ground once again in 1997 with his Internet only release of the drum and bass single "Telling Lies". 1998 saw the launch of BowieNet (www.davidbowie.com), the first artist created Internet service provider in the world. BowieNet offers uncensored access to the Internet, including news, sports, finance and the best music and entertainment coverage on the web. For Bowie fans and indeed all music fans. BowieNet provides previously unreleased material, videos, photos and show reviews from all genres of music. It also offers real time chats and cyber casts (both live and archived) from David himself and a host of other artists.

BowieNet was a nominee for the WIRED Award for Best Entertainment Site Of The Year 1999. David Bowie's forthcoming album "hours..." is due at traditional retail store on October 4th, the album will be the artist's first to be handled by Virgin Music Group throughout the world, following a new agreement announced in mid August. For the past several months David has been in the studio finishing the new record, which is very song driven, a hark back to his "Hunky Dory" days of the early 70's.

PLACEBO/BOWIE COMPETITION - Reminder
31st August 1999

Competition number 3 - to win 1 of ten copies of the PLACEBO/DAVID BOWIE 'Without You I'm Nothing' ends at midnight (GMT) tomorrow evening (31st). Last chance to get your entries in.

Enter Placebo/Bowie competition here.

JOHN PEEL BBC2 NIGHT - Update
30th August 1999

As expected (26th Aug news) DAVID BOWIE turned up on the JOHN PEEL night on BBC2 last night. What was unexpected was the broadcasting of the previously unseen outtake 'Oh You Pretty Things' from The Old Grey Whistle Test performance in 1972. This outtake was "the earth is a bitch" line removal version.

Teenage Wildlife has a RealVideo G2 clip of David's birthday message to John Peel uploaded to view. David thanks Peel for his advice of sticking with songwriting and leaving the mime alone. Go check it out.

BBC RADIO ONE SESSION IN OCTOBER
28th August 1999

BBC Radio One's MARK and LARD (Radcliffe and Riley) announced that DAVID BOWIE would be playing a live session on their radio show during the first week of October with a scaled-down band.

The Manchester twosome also gave 'Thursday's Child' it's first airing in the UK and both agreed it was an "excellent single".

Thanks to NICK for the info that afternoon - sorry I've been away.

EXCLUSIVE 'STRANGE FASCINATION' WEEKLY COMPETITION - WIN ONE OF 20 BOOKS!
28th August 1999

Strange Fascination cover Starting today and each week until 25th September you have the opportunity to win one of 20 FREE COPIES of the soon-to-be published 'Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography' written by David Buckley and published by Virgin.

Simply answer the weekly question and submit your entry. Five lucky winners each week will be selected at random from the correct entries each weekend. Please only submit 1 entry per each question to give everyone a fair and proper chance. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Each weekend the random chosen five winners will be posted on the winners page.

ENTER THE COMPETITION

Alternatively, if you would prefer not to enter the competition and simply purchase a copy at a "special discount price" - see below.

Good luck to everyone.

FASHION TURN TO THE LEFT
28th August 1999

New York museum to host rock exhibit : - Starting December 6th, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be hosting a "Fashion In Rock" exhibit featuring items from some of the biggest names in rock history. After much resistance, the Metropolitan Museum agreed to do the exhibit to draw a younger audience, and they called on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame curator Jim Henke to assemble a winning collection. "Basically what we've been trying to do is really sort of go from the '50s to the '90s and try to hit everyone that you think of when you think of rock style," he said. "So there's people like Madonna and David Bowie and Elton John and all these people who dress up on stage. And then we're breaking the exhibit down into different categories." Not only will the exhibit run in New York, it will travel to London then to Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Info from RAVEN.

'hours...' WEEKLY BUILD UP No 5
26th August 1999

"SEVEN" is the latest piece of the 'hours...' jigsaw to be posted on BowieNet.

BowieNet members have the unique opportunity to take an exclusive first look at the new album cover artwork and the new tracks from the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album 'hours...' slowly revealed piece by piece until the week of release.

The tracks posted so far are:

1. "Thursday's Child" 2. "Something In The Air" 3. "Survive" 4. "If I'm Dreaming My Life" 5. "Seven".

JOHN PEEL NIGHT ON BBC TV
26th August 1999

JOHN PEEL NIGHT
BBC2, Sunday, 29th August at 6.20pm.

To celebrate John Peel's 60th birthday this week, the BBC have dedicated an evening to his vision.

The 'Peel' evening revolves around an hour-long documentary, plus two shows of Peel-flavoured bands featuring a fantastic line-up of DAVID BOWIE, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, PJ Harvey and Blur.

NEW BOWIE BOOK SPECIAL OFFER
25th August 1999

Strange Fascination cover BowieWonderworld.com is pleased to announce a special "fan" discount offer available with Virgin Publishing for the new DAVID BUCKLEY penned publication 'Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Biography'.

'Strange Fascination' by David Buckley is published by Virgin on September 23rd 1999 priced £20.00. If you would like to receive a copy of Strange Fascination at the special discount price of £16.00 including postage and packing then please send your name, address and credit card details, or a cheque made payable to Virgin Publishing Ltd and send to:

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In conjunction with this special offer there will also be a Wonderworld competition with your chance to win one of 20 FREE COPIES of the book. Competition details announced very shortly.

Many thanks to Helen for making this possible.

EXCLUSIVE DAVID BOWIE INTERVIEW
25th August 1999

There is an exclusive DAVID BOWIE interview in the October issue of the brilliant UNCUT magazine.

On sale on 2nd September, 'Bowie: The man who changed the world', David also gets the front cover page.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
25th August 1999

PRESS RELEASE - PRESS RELEASE

WE CAN BE HEROES
Life on tour with David Bowie
by Sean Mayes

Travelling the world with the Thin White Duke
The first tour diary about David Bowie

We Can Be Heroes cover SEAN MAYES knew and toured with DAVID BOWIE at the height of his fame in the early 1970s with Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. By 1978 he had been welcomed as a fully fledged member of Bowie's band. Over these years of touring and playing together Sean gained a unique insider's knowledge of this most distant and enigmatic of rock stars.

'WE CAN BE HEROES' is the culmination of several years on the road with the most influential and successful artist of his generation. Containing in-depth personal insights and recollections, this book is an essential purchase for any Bowie fan, or indeed any one interested in the excessive lifestyles of pop stars at the absolute peak of their powers.

FEATURES:
* Touring, hotel life, drugs, groupies, fans, and Bowie's private life.
* The recording of the classic albums Lodger and double live LP Stage.
* Never-before-seen photos of Bowie, both on stage and behind the scenes.
* The legendary recording sessions with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.
* Full 1978 tour chronology.

PUBLICITY:
* Bowie will release a new album and begin a world tour in the Summer of 1999.
* Bowie's media profile is presently as high as it has ever been (especially on the Net)

Sean Mayes was the keyboard player in Fumble during the early Seventies. It was during an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972 that he met and formed a long lasting friendship with David Bowie. He also wrote biographies of Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading. Sean died in 1995.

Size: 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 1-897783-17-5
Price: £7.99 Paperback: 160 pgs

Publication Date: 23/08/99 Serial Rights Available.

NETAID UK WEMBLEY TICKETS ON SALE NOW
25th August 1999

DAVID BOWIE is to play Wembley Stadium in the UK on 9th October for the NetAid concerts intended to raise awareness of global poverty and to benefit African and Kosovar refugees.

Tickets priced £45 seated, £35 general admission (max 6 per person, plus booking fee) available at the following outlets:

Wembley Box Office 0870 738 2000 / wbo.co.uk
TicketWeb 0171 771 2000 TicketWeb
Ticketmaster 0870 843 2000 / ticketmaster
First Call 0870 906 3743 / firstcalltickets.com
Way Ahead 0870 121 0120 / tickets-online.co.uk
Stargreen 0171 734 8932

Also on the bill at Wembley Stadium will be Bush, The Corrs, The Eurythmics, George Michael, Stereophonics and Robbie Williams.

Organisers describe NetAid as an attempt to inspire action by bringing together for the first time the power of the Internet, television, radio, and world-renowned artists and producers. Among the producers responsible for the event are David Goldberg, Harvey Goldsmith, Ken Kragen, Don Mischer and Jeff Pollack.

VH1 and MTV will broadcast the concerts in the US, and BBC television and radio will carry them in the Great Britain. Radio Express will distribute a radio feed of the concerts worldwide, and negotiations are in progress for additional television rights around the world. The entire event will be webcast live on two channels - one carrying the concert, the second showing backstage scenes.

Technology giant Cisco Systems is underwriting the cost of NetAid, is managing the overall program along with the United Nations Development Programme, and is leading the development and coordination of the event's technology and marketing.

Cisco says NetAid web site, which will continue indefinitely after the concerts, will have the capacity to handle 125,000 live streams - about 10 times the scale of any other streaming site - and 60 million hits per hour. Management of the site will be turned over the UNDP following the concert.

Proceeds from the Oct. 9 concerts will be disbursed to help the refugees of Kosovo and African countries. In all, 110,000 tickets will be available for the shows at Wembley and Giants stadiums. Organisers so far haven't publicly predicted how much money the shows will raise for charity.

Rob Evans for Livedaily.com read full article here.

Thanks to RAVEN for article link.

FLORIA SIGISMONDI BNET CHAT GUEST
25th August 1999

Yesterday's BowieNet "live chat" with FLORIA SIGISMONDI the Canadian music video director and photographer. Who's work includes David's 'Little Wonder' and 'Dead Man Walking'.

You can read the chat transcription here.

ZIGGY STARDUST UNDERWEAR!
24th August 1999

Fancy some Ziggy Stardust sprinkling on your underwear? Check this out Ziggy underwear.

STORYTELLERS SET LIST
24th August 1999

Filming of the VH1 StoryTellers filming took place last night at Sony Studios in New York.

Set List:
Life On Mars / Thursday's Child / Can't Help Thinking About Me / Seven / China Girl / Rebel Rebel (truncated) / Survive / Word On A Wing / Drive In Saturday.
Encore:
Thursday's Child (repeat) / I Can't Read / Always Crashing In The Same Car / If I'm Dreaming My Life / The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell

The final four songs of the encore may not be included in the actual television showing, according to attendees. Also, at the beginning of the encore, they re-recorded some of Mike Garson's keyboards for 'China Girl' and 'Word On A Wing' before repeating 'Thursday's Child'.

David was wearing a big, grey, hooded sweatshirt with black boot-legged leggings and black platformed Reebok-style sneakers. He looked trim as ever, and was very energetic, with shoulder-length layered hair.

Reports also say Bowie and band were definitely plugged-in and rocking, he also told lots of stories.

Thanks to CF and Bonster

DAVID CONFIRMED TO PLAY NETAID
23rd August 1999

DAVID BOWIE is to play Wembley Stadium in the UK on 9th October for the NetAid concerts intended to raise awareness of global poverty and to benefit African and Kosovar refugees.

Tickets priced £45 seated, £35 general admission (max 6 per person, plus booking fee) go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) available on the official credit card hotline 0870 738 2000 at 9.00 am

Wembley 0870 738 2000 / wbo.co.uk
TicketWeb 0171 771 2000 TicketWeb
Ticketmaster 0870 843 2000 / ticketmaster
First Call 0870 906 3743 / firstcalltickets.com
Way Ahead 0870 121 0120 / tickets-online.co.uk
Stargreen 0171 734 8932

Also on the bill at Wembley Stadium will be Bush, The Corrs, The Eurythmics, George Michael, Stereophonics and Robbie Williams.

This event will also be screened on television and netcast by Cisco Systems and Akamai Technology.

FLORIA SIGISMONDI BNET CHAT GUEST
23rd August 1999

Tomorrow BowieNet is pleased to bring you a "live chat" with FLORIA SIGISMONDI the Canadian music video director and photographer. Who's work includes David's 'Little Wonder' and 'Dead Man Walking'.

Chat times: Tuesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. (EST); Tuesday, August 24th at midnight (GMT); Tuesday, August 24th at 4:00 p.m. (PST) .

If you have any questions you would like to ask Floria BEFORE the live chat, you can e-mail your questions to info@davidbowie.com - they will use these pre-chat questions in addition to your live questions.

BowieNet members log into the #ChatGuest room for this chat event.

DAVID CONFIRMED TO PLAY NETAID
22nd August 1999

David Bowie, Texas Added To NetAid Lineup
Concerts intended to raise awareness of global poverty and to benefit African, Kosovar refugees.

Glam-rock icon DAVID BOWIE and soul-pop band Texas have been added to the lineup of the massive Oct. 9 NetAid benefit concerts, organizer Jeff Pollack said Friday (Aug. 20).

The concerts will take place simultaneously at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Wembley Stadium in London and the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Proceeds from the concerts mainly will benefit refugees in Africa and Kosovo, but organizers said the primary goal of NetAid is not to raise money, but to raise awareness of global poverty, primarily through the Web.

NetAid also will include a joint performance by U2 frontman Bono and Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean. The duo will sing "New Day," a song they wrote together specifically for the cause, according to Pollack, who said the other members of U2 are not scheduled to appear at the concert.

"[Bono is] one of the gods, man. ... It was incredible," Jean said about their song while backstage at Woodstock '99 in July. "We wrote it together. It's like hip-hop meets U2 in one world, and you all are going to love it."

Bono and Wyclef Jean will film a video together for the song next week, according to Pollack.

Bowie and Texas join a lineup announced Aug. 12 that includes Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, George Michael, Counting Crows, Jewel and Bush.

Celine Dion, the Eurythmics, Robbie Williams and the Corrs also are scheduled to play, according to that announcement.

Bowie's adventuresome career has spanned more than three decades and has taken him from the glam rock of "Rebel Rebel" to the art rock of "Heroes" and, most recently, to electronica.

Although another organizer, Don Mischer, initially said 12 to 15 acts would be added to the lineup, Pollack said the final number may be even larger than that.

"So many acts approach us, and it's hard to turn them away, so as with Live Aid it will end up going longer than planned," he said. Like many of those involved with NetAid, Pollack is a veteran of Live Aid, the landmark 1985 benefit concert.

"The Internet has made it easier to go shopping. The Internet ought to make it easier for people to get involved," Mischer said recently. "That's what appeals to the artists."

Mischer also said there has been talk of reunions of the Who and Led Zeppelin for the concert, but added there were no clear plans for either. Pollack confirmed Friday that major reunions and special collaborations were in the works for the shows, but he declined to give more details.

Jamie Drummond, a spokesperson for Jubilee 2000 - an international anti-debt coalition affiliated with NetAid - said some artists were being recruited for NetAid based on their support for Jubilee 2000.

In addition to Bono, vocal supporters of Jubilee 2000's goal of convincing the world's richest countries to forgive the massive debts owed them by the world's poorest nations include former Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

Also, in an article published Feb. 16 in the UK newspaper the Guardian, Bono wrote that Lauryn Hill, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., the Beastie Boys and Michael Jackson had called him to express support for the cause.

By Brian Hiatt.

(Senior Writer Gil Kaufman contributed to this report.)

Use SonicNet's archives of 1000s of music news stories for more on your favorite artists. Check out SonicNet's website for daily music news, including audio clips and other multimedia: www.sonicnet.com

Thanks to EB, Steve and CF

'hours...' TRACKS AT VIRGIN WEB SITE
19th August 1999

Virgin Records have now posted up some of the new tracks available for ANYONE to hear. You also get to see the album cover revealed piece by piece. Simply fill in the form at www.virginrecords.com.

Click on the message to preview song excerpts from 'hours...'

Anyway... you get a "Bowie Preview" screen where you enter your e-mail address and get this message sending you to the location of the Virgin preview of the new CD! Two songs are posted, "Thursday's Child" and "Something In The Air".

Feel free to post your thoughts on the tracks on the BowieWonderworld Message Board.

Thanks to BONSTER for info.

'hours...' WEEKLY BUILD UP No 4
19th August 1999

"IF I'M DREAMING MY LIFE" is the latest piece of the 'hours...' jigsaw to be posted on BowieNet, which sounds brilliant. Classic Bowie.

BowieNet members have the unique opportunity to take an exclusive first look at the new album cover artwork and the new tracks from the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album 'hours...' slowly revealed piece by piece until the week of release.

The tracks posted so far are:

1. "Thursday's Child" 2. "Something In The Air" 3. "Survive" 4. "If I'm Dreaming My Life".

BAND LINE UP FOR VH1 STORYTELLERS
18th August 1999

The musicians playing with DAVID BOWIE for the VH1 StoryTellers show in New York will be:
Reeves Gabrels (Guitar)
Mike Garson (Keyboards)
Gail Ann Dorsey (Bass)
Mark Plati (Acoustic Guitar)
Sterling Campbell (Drums)
Holly (background vocals)
Lani (background vocals)

DAVID SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH VIRGIN
17th August 1999

Official Press Release: Virgin Music Group Signs David Bowie to Worldwide Recording Agreement

David and Nancy Berry

VIRGIN MUSIC GROUP vice chairman Nancy Berry is proud to announce that the company has signed international superstar DAVID BOWIE to a worldwide recording agreement.

Comments Nancy Berry, "David Bowie is one of the world's most gifted artists. His music has inspired and continues to influence the work of many talented musicians, and helped shape our overall culture. Virgin Records America has had the privilege of working with David for several years, and now Virgin Music Group Worldwide will experience the same pleasure. I am absolutely delighted that David has decided to make Virgin his worldwide home."

David Bowie is currently putting the finishing touches on a new record "hours...," set for release October 5, his first to be handled by Virgin Music Group throughout the world. For the last several months, David Bowie has been in studio finishing the new record, which is very song-driven, a hark back to the "Hunky Dory" days of the early 1970s.

Comments David Bowie, "I am thrilled to continue my relationship with Virgin, now on an even larger scale than before. I have enjoyed my affiliation with Virgin Records America over the last four years, and look forward to working with the coordinated efforts of the Virgin Music Group on a worldwide basis."

To that end, Virgin Music Group Worldwide hosted a major listening session of the new album in London for over eighty of its Managing Directors and senior executives from around the world. At the conclusion of the event, David Bowie made a surprise appearance, thanking the group for their enthusiasm and commitment toward the new project and to express his own excitement about the new relationship with the company.

The group then assembled at Halkin Hotel for a special dinner hosted by Nancy Berry to fete the new agreement. Coincidentally, it was at the Halkin Hotel where David met with Ken and Nancy Berry to sign his agreement with Virgin Records America five years ago.

WIN THE NEW PLACEBOWIE CD!
16th August 1999

Your chance to win one of 10 free copies of the new special limited edition enhanced CD EP from PLACEBO featuring DAVID BOWIE "Without You I'm Nothing" released today. See BowieWonderworld Competition No. 3 for details.

The excellently packaged enhanced CD is designed and produced by AMX contains 24 photographs from the Irving Plaza show plus web links to the official Placebo and BowieNet web sites.

1. Without You I'm Nothing (Single Mix)
2. Without You I'm Nothing (Unkle Remix)
3. Without You I'm Nothing (The Flexirol Mix)
4. Without You I'm Nothing (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix)
All tracks written by Placebo. Additional vocals performed by David Bowie. Original Production: Produced by Steve Osborne and engineered by Adrian Bushby at Realworld and Whitfield Street Studios. Additional engineering by Tony Visconti at Chung King Studios, New York. Mixed by Dave Bascombe at Townhouse Studios, London. Track 2 remixed by Unkle (James Lavelle and Richard File for Unkle Productions). Assisted and Protools by Damien Taylor. Engineered by Cameron Craig. Remix drums by Brett Shaw. Track 3 remixed by Americruiser. Track 4 remix and additional production by Brothers In Rhythm For Therapy Music Management. Engineered and mixed by Adrian Bremner. Published by Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP) 1999 Virgin Records Ltd.

PLACEBOWIE RELEASED TODAY
16th August 1999

DAVID BOWIE joins PLACEBO on a new recording of the band's "Without You I'm Nothing" to be released as a limited edition gatefold CD EP by Hut recordings on Monday 16th August.

The track, recorded in New York earlier this year cements a relationship that started when Placebo supported David Bowie on his European tour in 1996. Early the next year Placebo were invited by Bowie to play at his 50th birthday party in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Bowie also joined Placebo on stage to perform "Twentieth Century Boy" at the 1999 Brit Awards in February this year, followed by an appearance with the band at their Irving Plaza show in New York the following month.

The original version of "Without You I'm Nothing" is the title track to Placebo's current album, released October last year. The album has subsequently sold over 250,000 copies in the UK, with a further 800,000 sales around the rest of the world.

The new EP, credited to PLACEBO FEATURING DAVID BOWIE, will be released only on CD (Hut FLOORCD10), with 20,000 copies available. "Without You I'm Nothing" also contains a web link to the band's site, thus making the release ineligible for the UK chart.


NEWSFLASH FROM NZ HERALD
12th August 1999

12/08/99 - Stars heading for Bastion Pt event

The millennium spotlight is turning on Auckland after the official collapse of Gisborne's mega-concert.

Star acts Split Enz and DAVID BOWIE now look set to play at Bastion Pt.

But plans are being made to shore up the ill-fated concert's third international drawcard, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, for an alternative concert in Gisborne.

The Odyssey's End concert, 14 years in the planning, was called off yesterday.

It had been envisaged that 35,000 people would see in the New Year at the 12-hour concert on a Gisborne football field.

"It was going to be a spectacle that had not been experienced in New Zealand," said Bruce Bell, chairman of the Year 2000 Festival Company.

Only 1000 tickets, priced from $399, were sold. Crucially, 25,000 punters from overseas did not materialise. Nor did a financial backer.

Mr Bell said a further $2 million would have been needed for the show to go on.

Investors, many of them from his hometown of Ashburton, had spent about $2 million on the concert.

It was likely they would lose their money, as might people who bought tickets from festival company agents.

The 750-odd people who had bought their tickets through Ticketek would get a full refund as their money had gone into a trust.

Ticketholders may want to wait a week before seeking refunds as they may be able to attend the Auckland concert instead.

Frontier Touring, which is organising the Bastion Pt concert, is looking to sign up David Bowie and Split Enz. British band Portishead are confirmed.

It is hoped that about 35,000 people will see in the New Year at the 12-hour concert on Maori land overlooking Hauraki Gulf.

Tickets cost $330 and $150 but priority areas in front of the stage will be set aside for Gisborne ticketholders.

Ian Magan, the agent for Split Enz, said it was likely both Split Enz and David Bowie would play there.

http://www.herald.co.nz/nzherald99/story.cfm?theStoryID=12045

© Copyright 1999, NZ Herald

Thanks to RAVEN.

'hours...' WEEKLY BUILD UP No 3
12th August 1999

"SURVIVE" is the latest piece of the 'hours...' jigsaw to be posted on BowieNet.

BowieNet members have the unique opportunity to take an exclusive first look at the new album cover artwork and the new tracks from the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album 'hours... slowly revealed piece by piece until the week of release.

The tracks posted so far are:

1. "Thursday's Child" 2. "Something In The Air" 3. "Survive".

BE IMAN'S FACE OF 2000
12th August 1999

In conjunction with The Daily Mirror 'IMAN 2000' is a campaign spearheaded by IMAN the first black supermodel, to encourage more ethnic models.

The winner will be given an introduction to the Models 1 agency, become Iman's face of the millennium, have dinner with the supermodel and receive a year's supply of her make-up, a new outfit and haircut by London stylist Erol.

To enter, you must be:
1. Female and a woman of colour - black/eastern/Asian/olive-skinned.
2. Aged 14-25.
3. Between 5ft 7in and 5ft 11in.

You must then either the next regional heat at Fenwicks, Brent Cross, London, on Saturday September 4th, 10-am-4pm, or fill in the coupon and send it, with two clear recent photos (one full length, one head shot).

Competition details are on the following web sites:
www.ic24.net
www.models1.co.uk
www.i-iman.com

THURSDAY'S CHILD VIDEO COMPLETED
10th August 1999

DAVID BOWIE has just completed his new promotional video for "Thursday's Child" on 7th August in New York. Walter Stern, who has previously worked with Massive Attack was the director. Also working on the film in the art department was David's son Duncan.

David describes the video as "a strange and slow moving piece that wanders between a present and a past in a bewildering fashion."

"Thursday's Child" is the first single released on 20th September, taken from the forthcoming album 'hours...' due for 5th October.

"hours..." TEN OR TWELVE??
10th August 1999

Various newspapers, magazines and also Channel 4 teletext in the UK are reporting that the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE 'hours...' album contains ten tracks and not the twelve as originally assumed.

STORYTELLERS TICKETS AVAILABLE
10th August 1999

RON ROY of Ultrastar came into BowieNetChat today (8/9) and announced there would be a drawing of 50 tickets for BowieNet members that can come to the 8-23-99 VH1 Bowie on StoryTellers taping in New York. There are stipulations and he will have a form up on BowieNet tomorrow regarding entering the drawing:

- The ticket will be for the single BowieNet member only (not couples).
- You can only enter once.
- You can only enter if you can attend, which means you cannot give your ticket away. If you cannot use your ticket, it will go back into the drawing pool.
- You have to be able to show up in New York on August 21st and pick up your ticket.

The above are mainly rules set by VH1 and not Ultrastar and more details will be on the Entry Form on BowieNet tomorrow, August 10th. The names of the 50 winners of the drawing will be posted by 6 p.m. EST on Friday, August 13th, on BowieNet and Ron said they would also come into BowieNetChat and announce the winners. Ron will be the lucky person to draw the names. Good luck all! I hope lots of BowieNet members I know attend! :)

From RaMOANa
RaMOANa's News

GISBORNE 2000 CANCELLED!!
9th August 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARTISTS AND PRODUCTION PERSONNEL ANNOUNCE INTENTION TO WITHDRAW FROM GISBORNE 2000 FESTIVAL

Artists and Production Personnel Announce Intention to Withdraw from Gisborne 2000 Festival.

Representatives of the creative and technical producers and principal performers engaged by Year 2000 Festival Company Ltd and Year 2000 Festival Entertainment Company Ltd, respectively, are announcing the intention of all concerned to withdraw from further preparations for the Gisborne 2000 "First Light" Festival scheduled for New Year's Eve.

Management representing Split Enz and DAVID BOWIE, who are scheduled to appear with Dame Kiri Te Kanewa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the December 31 - January 1 concert, cite their conviction that the Promoters do not have the ability or financing to complete the necessary infrastructure, production and marketing arrangements required for a safe and successful Festival. It is a great disappointment to the Artists that Year 2000 Festival Entertainment Company Ltd. cannot meet its obligations. All concerned have postponed this decision to the last possible moment, in the hopes that the Promoters would be able to solve their internal problems. Unfortunately, they have not.

The Executive Producer, Project Director and management personnel who were hired by The Year 2000 Festival Company cited the Promoters' continuing failure to make necessary commitments to key production personnel, equipment providers, and creative and marketing specialists, as well as failure to make timely deposits on equipment and services previously ordered, despite repeated urgent requests to do so. This failure makes it impossible to complete the infrastructure and production arrangements necessary to mount the Festival.

Executive Producer Charles Gayton reiterated his own personal commitment to Mayor Clark and the City of Gisborne to support the effort to create a Millennium celebration.

STRANGE FASCINATION
9th August 1999

DAVID BOWIE: STRANGE FASCINATION by David Buckley

PUBLICATION DATE: 23 SEPTEMBER 1999

PRICE £20.00 Hardback

As the millennium ends, DAVID BOWIE is about to enter his fifth decade of making music. Thirty years on from his first hit single, 'Space Oddity', he remains the most influential rock star of the post-Woodstock generation.

'STRANGE FASCINATION' chronicles Bowie's career against the colourful backdrop of post-Beatles pop culture, glam-era gender-bending, eighties corporate schlock and nineties laddish Britpop, and assembles a mass of new evidence about Bowie's studio craft, his concert performances and his cultural impact.

Written by writer and long-time Bowie fan, David Buckley, 'Strange Fascination' contains exclusive contributions from many of the leading players in Bowie's career, such as Tony Visconti, Ken Scott, Carlos Alomar, Reeves Gabrels and Nile Rodgers. It also includes many previously unpublished black-and-white and colour photographs. With Bowie's new album, 'hours...', scheduled for release on 5 October, and seventeen of his albums, from Space Oddity through to Tin Machine, due for reissue in September, Strange Fascination should delight Bowie's hardcore following and introduce rock fans to the most thrilling body of popular music ever recorded.

Press Release from Virgin Publishing.

About the author: David Buckley was born in Liverpool in 1965. In 1993 he was awarded his doctorate from the Institute of Popular Music at Liverpool University for his thesis on David Bowie. He is the author of 'The Complete Guide To The Music Of David Bowie' (Omnibus Press, 1996) and 'The Stranglers: No Mercy - The Authorised and Uncensored Biography' (Hodder & Stoughton, 1997). He lives with his wife and two daughters in Munich, where he works as a freelance writer, reviewer and tutor.


GISBORNE 2000 NEWS LATEST
9th August 1999

Millennium show headliners may quit

The agents for Split Enz, Dame Kiri te Kanawa and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra say they may pull out of Gisborne's Millennium Eve concert if its future is not guaranteed by Wednesday.

Slow ticket sales have forced the organisers to concede they may have to change the event's format, and possibly, location.

The Mayor of Gisborne, John Clarke, is welcoming the deadline, believing it will kick start the concert plans.

The Year 2000 Festival Company has said it will announce this week if it can meet all its commitments.

Info from One News in NZ via Bonster.

RONNO: JUST LIKE THIS - Update
8th August 1999

Following on from last months news report (22nd July)...

MICK RONSON - "Just Like This".

Previously unreleased material, recorded in 1976.

This is a special limited edition package with bonus disc. $23.99

Tracklisting:
Just Like This / I'd Give Anything To See You / Takin' A Train / Hard Life / (I'm Just A) Junkie For Your Love / Crazy Love / Hey Grandma / Is That Any Way / I've Got No Secrets / Hard Headed Woman / Roll Like The River / Angel No. 9.

Bonus disc:
Crazy Love (demo) / I'd Give Anything To See You (demo) / Takin' The Next Train (demo) / Hard Life (ballad version) / Junkie (demo) / Hey Grandma (demo) / Just Like This (demo) / Ronno's Bar & Grill (studio outtake)

Includes 20-page booklet with liner notes and photos.

Mick Ronson: "Just Like This"

Moby Disc Records, Inc.
Email: records@mobydisc.com
Phone: (818) 881-9908 - Fax: (818) 881-0339
Address: Moby Disc Records, 6850 Canby Avenue, #105, Reseda, CA 91335, USA.

Check out their web site at www.mobydisc.com

From CF and Jacob.

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY?
7th August 1999

Rumours abound of a press conference to be held today by ALAN EDWARDS from the OUTSIDE ORGANISATION public relations company and management consultant for DAVID BOWIE in the UK.

Could it be the cancellation of the Gisborne 2000? A show in London? A mini tour? Too many rumours around at the moment to make any sense of it all. So I won't cause confusion and add to them...

Further info as soon as it's available via the official announcement.

HUNGRY FOR 'THE HUNGER'
7th August 1999

As previously reported, DAVID BOWIE will be hosting a trilogy of erotic stories on the Showtime series "The Hunger," which has been scheduled to air Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The Bowie-hosted episode, which kicks off the series' second season, also stars the Bowie himself in the first story, "Sanctuary," in which he plays "an obsessed artist with a penchant for the macabre." The other two stories in the episode include "Skin Deep," on which Luke Scott, son of director Ridley Scott ("Alien"), makes his directorial debut; and "The Dream Sentinel," a story about a ghost obsessed with a suicidal stripper, which stars Eric Roberts ("The Pope of Greenwich Village").

On Canadian TV this month:

7th August at 23:00 - The Movie Network, Canada
The Hunger: 'And She Laughed'

14th August at 22:45 - TMN1, Canada
The Hunger: 'The Falling Man'

21st August at 23:00 - TMN1, Canada
The Hunger: 'Triangle In Steel'

From RAVEN

THE DAVID BOWIE POD
7th August 1999

Go check out and get involved with THE DAVID BOWIE POD which features include:

- AUGUST Newsletter is up and ready to read!
- CHAT with other David Bowie fans.
- POST to the message board.
- VIEW member-created David Bowie web sites.
- BUILD your own David Bowie-related site.

Check it all out HERE

From RAVEN Poderator of The David Bowie Pod.

BOWIE'S INSIGHT TO INCITE
7th August 1999

Video game magazine incite has a forthcoming issue in which DAVID BOWIE contributes and confesses to his nasty habit of being a video and PC game closet junkie.

incite's creators want to show that the gaming lifestyle reaches beyond the stereotypical players (males between 16 and 34). incite stresses the importance of games as entertainment. The magazines are designed to mix games with music, movies, and sports in a glossy, entertaining, and easy-to-read format.

Two magazines, incite PC Games and incite Video Games, along with online incitegames.com will bring the nasty habits of video and PC game junkies to light.

incite is outing celebrity gamers and their gaming habits. Musicians, athletes, and actors are being tapped to road test the latest technology, as well as share their personal favorites. incite will also preview game soundtracks.

David Bowie, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, Cypress Hill, and Wu-Tang Clan are also slated for upcoming issues.

incite PC Games and incite Video Games hit the newsstands on 26th October. incitegames.com will be launched on the Web the same day.

VIRGIN RECORDS PRESS RELEASE
6th August 1999

DAVID BOWIE TO REVEAL 'hours...'

Virgin Records Publicity - 6th August 1999

BOWIENET MEMBERS EXCLUSIVELY INVITED TO A SNEAK PREVIEW OF ALBUM ARTWORK AND NEW SONGS

DAVID BOWIE has crafted yet another development in the way we access music by bringing an innovative concept to the marketplace. With a carefully planned sequenced musical "striptease," Bowie will slowly reveal the look and sound of his new studio album, hours..., due for release on Virgin Records October 5th.

Through his award winning Internet Service Provider web site, BowieNet (http://www.davidbowie.com), David Bowie gives members an exclusive chance to preview hours... Members who visit the "building hours..." page will be allowed to sneak preview each song on the new album. Beginning Friday, August 6th and each week thereafter, 45 seconds of a new song will be posted and available to listen to via RealAudio (users must have the RealPlayer G2 or RealPlayer Plus available at http://www.real.com).

In an unprecedented move, BowieNet members will also have the ability to take an exclusive first look at the startling album cover artwork at the "building hours..." page on BowieNet. Starting today, sections of the album cover artwork will be revealed bit by bit on a weekly basis, with the final cover in its entirety unveiled the week of release. Designed by NettMedia (http://www.nettmedia.com) the album cover artwork is a must see for all Bowie fans.

About BowieNet: BowieNet was developed by UltraStar and is the first artist operated ISP on the web. BowieNet memberships can be obtained anywhere in the world for a monthly fee of $US5.95. The membership offers subscribers not only essential news pertaining to business, sports and finance, but also music and entertainment content exclusive to BowieNet. In effect, BowieNet offers members the combination of special access to David Bowie's visual artistry, words and music and BowieNet's unparalleled technical capabilities. UltraStar's BowieNet ISP is currently available throughout North America and in the UK. Users who sign on to have BowieNet as their ISP pay a fee of $US19.95 per month. There is also a globally accessible portion of BowieNet that is free and open to the general public. BowieNet can be accessed at http://www.davidbowie.com.

About UltraStar: UltraStar Internet Services LLC is a management, technology partnership that specializes in the arena of internet services, bringing major entertainment, sports and fashion clients to the world in a community-based forum delivered over the Web. UltraStar's philosophy is simple - allow internet user's the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with their favorite personalities via the internet. Never before has there been a gateway where the private and public worlds of famous figures has been opened with the continued support, input and materials of each star. This past week, UltraStar made a bold move into sports by concluding a deal with the Baltimore Orioles to create major league baseball's first branded Internet Service Provider and online fan club. Similar music and sports deals will be announced in the coming weeks.

Virgin Records Publicity.

VH-1 STORYTELLER TICKETS
6th August 1999

BowieNet are offering members the chance to get tickets for the DAVID BOWIE VH1 Story Tellers performance. Details available shortly.

'HOURS' WEEKLY BUILD UP
5th August 1999

BowieNet members will have the unique opportunity to take an exclusive first look at the new album cover artwork and the new tracks from the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album "Hours..." slowly revealed piece by piece until the week of release.

Starting today, and each following week, a 45 second clip of each new album tracks will be posted online and available for members of BowieNet to listen to via RealAudio, as well as pieces of the album cover each week.

The tracks posted so far are:

1. "Thursday's Child" and 2. "Something In The Air".

MISSING JULY NEWS
4th August 1999

Because of a few problems with this web site and my ISP last week you may have missed some of the Bowie news for July. Please check last months news items for anything you may have missed.

Cheers, Paul.

BOWICON 99 CANCELLED
4th August 1999

After another batch of enquiries and requests about the UK BOWICON99 event set for September... this is to inform those fans who didn't hear the news via David Priest two months ago, due to unforeseen circumstances the event has been cancelled.

Hopefully someone will arrange the event for the year 2000 in the UK.

MAJOR TOM TO OMIKRON
3rd August 1999

This month's issue of TOTAL CONTROL (Issue 10 Aug) the excellent computer games magazine features a six-page 'Alpha Report' on THE NOMAD SOUL along with some great screen shots from the game.

Also featured is an eye-opening interview with DAVID CAGE the CEO of Quantic Dream and game designer of The Nomad Soul.

Interview snippets:

Total Control: One feature Eidos are proud to advertise is the involvement of David Bowie. How did this come about and to what extent is he connected with the game?

David Cage: David Bowie was really involved in the game development. The process of getting him on board and working with him has been much easier than anybody can imagine. I think that we met at the right moment, as David was really looking for a project like The Nomad Soul, with solid art and designs, deep content and strong technology. Technology used in the game allows us to have real actor performances in real-time 3D and tell a real story.

David was looking for something new, and we were looking for someone who would want to be involved and can imagine both a being form from a parallel dimension and what reincarnation could be like. I think that David took on enough different personas in the past to know better than anybody how it feels to be someone else.

TC: Are you pleased with the contribution he's made?

DC: David, Reeves Gabrels and Iman were absolutely perfect. It would be difficult to be happier than we are. The songs are great, their involvement in the game has been far more than what we could have imagined, and from a personal point of view working with them has been a wonderful experience. The last thing we wanted on the game was videogame graphics or videogame music. We succeeded in having unusual visuals for a game, and David and Reeves made unusual music.

One other snippet of information reports that: "The soundtrack written by David Bowie and long time collaborator Reeves Gabrels consists of eight brand new songs, as well as instrumental music. So detailed is the game's world that it'll be possible for the player to buy the Bowie music and take it home to their 'virtual' apartment to listen to it."

SOD POST NEW POLL QUESTION
3rd August 1999

SOD has a new poll question! Also the final batch of answers to SODs last question "What do you think 'Hours...' will be like?" are posted.

Check it all out at you-know-where: SOD

BOY GEORGE TO DO BOWIE TRIBUTE ALBUM
2nd August 1999

After including 'Suffragette City' on his latest rarities album entitled 'UNRECOUPABLE' BOY GEORGE says he is now planning on recording a DAVID BOWIE tribute album shortly.

Q: "How did you come to include a cover of Bowie's "Suffragette City" on this album?"

George: "Well, this came about because I always do one Bowie song in my set, and I'm actually planning to do a whole album of Bowie covers. You know, like "Bassey Does Gershwin", "Boy Does Bowie"! We just did "Starman" for the new Culture Club album, and there's some great Bowie stuff I'd like to record, like obscure album tracks and some weird B-sides I think I could do justice to. I'm a big Bowie fan, he's my God. I'm just the space cadet and he's my commander!"

From RC magazine.

BOWIENET NOMINATED IN MTV AWARDS
2nd August 1999

BowieNet has been nominated for 'Best Artist Web Site' in the forthcoming MTV Video Music Awards.

Best Artist Web Site Nominations:
DAVID BOWIE
Limp Bizkit
Jennifer Lopez
Massive Attack
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sheryl Crow
Smashing Pumpkins

The MTV Video Music Awards is going all high-brow! Watch the extravaganza unfold on 9th September 1999 at 8.00 p.m. (ET), with Chris Rock, live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, USA.

Check out the full details at mtv web site.

AUSTIN POWERS SOUNDS FAMILIAR?
2nd August 1999

So does AUSTIN POWERS accent sound familiar to you? Yes? No? Here take a listen to this...

MIKE MYERS star of the new movie 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' commented in a recent interview:

"Well, if Austin wears velour, has hair, and wears glasses; and Dr. Evil's bald, is slightly more pear-shaped and has a scar, and wears not-so colourful clothing; [then] I can't go small. That's Mini-Me. So I went fat. And if Dr. Evil has a Canadian accent, even though he claims to be Belgian, and Austin Powers has that sort of Capital Radio, David Bowie, mid-Atlantic jet-setter English accent of indeterminate county, then for Fat Bastard, I thought I'd go Scottish."
There... so now you know!

OMIKRON: NAME CHANGE
1st August 1999

The forthcoming computer game OMIKRON: THE NOMAD SOUL has had a slight name change. It will be now be known as just 'The Nomad Soul'.

(Ed. Here's a little strange coincidence for Bowie anoraks everywhere: Omikron - move the 'O' at the front and add it the end of word and you end up with 'MikRono').

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