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GERMAN ROLLING STONE MAG ROUND-UP
30th December 2003

There are lots of little snippets about DAVID BOWIE in the current issue of the German ROLLING STONE magazine (January 2004). The readers have voted for David Bowie in the following categories:

Best Artist of the Year:
     01. Ryan Adams
     02. Adam Green
     03. Johnny Cash
     04. Bruce Springsteen
     05. DAVID BOWIE
     06. Robbie Williams
     07. Neil Young
     08. Herbert Grnemeyer
     09. Bob Dylan
     10. Warren Zevon

Best Live Gig of the Year:
     01. Bruce Springsteen
     02. Radiohead
     03. Rolling Stones
     04. Coldplay
     05. DAVID BOWIE
     06. Bob Dylan
     07. Robbie Williams
     08. The White Stripes
     09. R.E.M.
     10. Travis

Also his album Reality has reached number 14 in 'Best Album of the Year' (voted by the readers of the magazine)

There is also an eight page feature on IGGY POP, his life nowadays in Miami; he has been interviewed recently and talks also a lot about David Bowie (including photo of both of them.)

From Anlimara.

DANNY S MAGIC DANCE REMIX
28th December 2003

Hot new producer DANNY S has remixed DAVID BOWIE's 'Magic Dance' from the film Labrynth. Bowie and his management loved the mix and was included on the Club Bowie album which is out now.

There is a very limited pressing of the mix on vinyl (2000 copies only), along with an exclusive dub on the b-side. It will be for sale in the usual record stores, however the bulk of the vinyl is being sold via www.subuzz.com.

Danny S is one of the rising stars in House music and has projects due for release with some of the most credible names in Dance music.

Magic Dance      Release details:
     Title: Magic Dance
     Tracklisting:
          Danny S Magic Party Mix [mp3 sample]
          Danny S Magic Dust Dub  [mp3 sample]
     Artist: David Bowie
     Label: 7mps
     Cat No: DBD001
     Released: 23rd December 2003
     Price: £5.00


Description: LIMITED PRESSING!! Rising star Danny S does the business on this Bowie gem taken from the film Labrynth. The Danny S Magic Party Mix is featured on the Club Bowie album but the harder and darker Magic Dust Dub is only available on this vinyl.

Reviews: Danny S delivers two superb mixes. The Magic Party mix is an in your face party mix which uses the vocal hook very well, but look out for those incredible sub bass frequencies which will test any system to the max. The dub is a tougher workout - excellent production and technical wizardry throughout - this is Bowie remixed with respect, an essential piece of plastic for fans and dj's alike.

From Jonathan M Waller (Director / A&R) Seven Music Promotions Ltd.


GO VOTE FOR REALITY
25th December 2003

You can vote for DAVID BOWIE's album Reality as the 'album of the year' at the BBC interactive website.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE


At the time of posting David is way in the lead with a whooping 73% (557 votes) - come on let's make sure he stays there.


A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 2003!!!
25th December 2003

WISHING EVERYONE EVERYWHERE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

Have a Cool Yule! I hope you all receive everything you ever wish for

Very Best Wishes from Paul aka Rednik


Click here for a special message


TRAFIC BOWIE SPECIAL REPEAT
24th December 2003

Just in case you missed it first time around, there is a repeat showing of the DAVID BOWIE tv special that was recorded in France back in September.

Inside the TV studio The Trafic.com tv special featured seven songs from David and the band, along with special guest appearances from Blur, Air, Françoise Hardy, The White Stripes and via satellite The Dandy Warhols.

The songs performed were: 'New Killer Star', 'Never Get Old', 'She'll Drive The Big Car', 'Modern Love', 'Fashion' (duet with Blur's Damon Albarn), 'Days' and 'Fall Dog Bombs The Moon'. During the three-hour show, David was also interviewed and he also spoke with Mick Rock and Moby live via New York.

It will be broadcast on TV5 in Europe on Friday 26th December at 22:30 CET.

(Ed. Unconfirmed, but I've been told it's being broadcast 5 mins earlier at 22:25 - visit www.tv5.org for more details).


BOWIE ABOUT TO OVERTAKE THE BEATLES
23rd December 2003

The latest up-to-date British Hit Singles findings from Guinness report that DAVID BOWIE is likely to overtake The Beatles in the list next year - he needs only another four weeks on the singles chart to catch the Fab Four.

Top 100 (with first 10 accompanied by number of weeks spent on chart):
     01. (1) Elvis Presley (1193)
     02. (2) Cliff Richard (1152)
     03. (3) The Shadows (771)
     04. (4) Elton John (623)
     05. (5) Madonna (606)
     06. (6) Diana Ross (560)
     07. (7) Michael Jackson (509)
     08. (8) Rod Stewart (477)
     09. (9) Beatles (456)
     10. (10) David Bowie (452)

The chart will appear in the 17th edition of the book of British Hit Singles, published by Guinness, next year.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
23rd December 2003

Swedish TV2 will show 1 hour from DAVID BOWIE's Riverside show on the 30th December at 8:00pm (local time) - (from Annsofie)...

The latest story flying around the world at the moment states that JUDE LAW is set to play DAVID BOWIE in an upcoming bio pic is absolute nonsense...

Meet DAVID BOWIE in Los Angeles... BowieNet and CC.com are ready to provide one lucky fan with the ultimate David Bowie concert experience. Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the closing night concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on February 3rd, including airfare and hotel accommodations, and the opportunity to meet David Bowie himself! See the sweepstakes page for official rules. US only residents can enter now at: http://promo.cc.com/bowiecontest/...

The St. Petersburg Times are reporting that rumour has it that DAVID BOWIE will come to St. Petersburg next year, but negotiations are still in progress...


BOWIE IN THE BAHAMAS
22nd December 2003

DAVID BOWIE played a special concert at Atlantis, Paradise Island, in the Bahamas on Saturday evening (20th Dec). The show wasn't part of the official 'A Reality' world tour, and tickets could only be obtained via radio promotional competitions and such like.

The full show consisted of twenty-one songs which included two warm-ups and six extras.

Ninety minutes of the concert was broadcast live around the USA at 9:00pm. The full show set-list ran as follows:

     01. Afraid
     02. Be My Wife

(Broadcast start)
     03. New Killer Star
     04. Rebel Rebel
     05. Fashion
     06. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
     07. Cactus
     08. Ashes To Ashes
     09. The Man Who Sold The World
     10. The Loneliest Guy
     11. She'll Drive The Big Car
     12. I'm Afraid Of Americans
     13. "Heroes"

(Break)
     14. Sunday
     15. China Girl

(Broadcast end)
     16. Breaking Glass
     17. Reality
     18. Pablo Picasso
     19. Battle For Britain (The Letter)
     20. Suffragette City
     21. Ziggy Stardust


Thanks to TotalBlamBlam and Janjesean.

THREE MORE 2004 FESTIVAL DATES
20th December 2003

Three more dates have now been CONFIRMED for DAVID BOWIE festival performances in June 2004 in Finland and Austria (Vienna and Salzburg).

JUNE 2004
Holland: Arrow Rock Festival, Lichtenvoorde - Friday June 11th (On sale Sat Dec 13th)
UK: Isle of Wight Rock Festival, Medina - Sunday June 13th - (on sale now).
Norway: Bergen - Thursday June 17th - (on sale now) - (on sale now).
Norway: Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo - Friday June 18th - (on sale now).
Finland: Provinssirock Festival, Seinäjoki - June 18th-20th - (Performance date 19th or 20th tbc - On sale date tbc).
Austria: Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna - Tuesday June 29th - (on sale now).
Austria: Residenzplatz, Salzburg - Wednesday June 30th - (on sale now).

JULY 2004
Denmark: Roskilde - Friday July 2nd - (on sale now).
Belgium: Werchter - Sunday July 4th - (on sale now).
Scotland: T In The Park - Saturday July 10th - (on sale now).

From TBB @ BowieNet.

AND ME I'M ON A RADIO SHOW
19th December 2003

Reminder: Don't forget that DAVID BOWIE's live 90-minute performance from Paradise Island, Atlantis, in the Bahamas will be broadcast live tomorrow night (Saturday 20th Dec) on loads of radio stations all over the USA.

This exclusive performance will be broadcast live at 9:00pm eastern time, and also at a later date by some other stations.

Click here for listings and check your local US radio station for broadcast details.

ITALIAN BOWIE FAN MEETING
18th December 2003

David Bowie Italian Fan Meet To All Bowie Fans Worldwide... from the 4th to the 6th January 2004 in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, the annual DAVID BOWIE tribute will take place in collaboration with the National Bowie fan's meeting. "SILUETTES & SHADOWS".

This is now the 6th event of it's kind which will be held on the eve of David Bowie's birthday. Each year in this town we see various artists and personalities, which are linked to one of the most influential stars in the history of rock.

Why in Bassano del Grappa and not in Milan?... It may seem strange but Bassano del Grappa can boast the highest number of Bowie fans in relation to the number of residents.

This year's event aims to bring together life-long fans and new admirers by giving them visual and musical material to deepen their knowledge of the artist. This 3 day event will be organised and supported by: the website www.moonagedaydream.it which promotes the artist in Italy, and by the local clubs etc, which in these three days, will make available their space for the showing of videos, organisation of exhibits and for the closing party, where it will be not only possible to listen to live bands playing "Bowie hits", but to dance to the Duke's successes and many other artists who have collaborated with him... such as T-Rex, Placebo, Roxy Music, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

The cultural side of this event will be given by the presence of Philippe Auliac, the French photographer who can count amongst his "models" none other than Bowie, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Iggy Pop. Thanks to the contribution of P. Auliac you will be able to see almost 20 unedited photos dedicated to Bowie, which date from 1976 to 2003. These will be displayed in Sotto Underbar (1 Via Gamba, Bassano del Grappa.).

During this event we will realize a video cassette that will contain Birthday Greetings from fans who wish to leave message for "the Duke" for his birthday on 8th January. The messages will then subsequently be shown on the website.

Moreover an exhibition entitled "Golden Years for Teenage Wildlife" is planned which thanks to the support of collectionists, rare memorabilia and CDs from the period 1975 to 1979 will be on show. It was in this period that David Bowie spent a good three years in Berlin and worked with the legendary Brian Eno. This exhibition will be held in the "Saletta" of Birreria Ottocento (2 Via S. Giorgio, Bassano del Grappa).

At Shindy Club, after an Indian dinner, four live bands will play: Radiofiera, Mosika Sound, Mastica and Piol who will join to give us a Bowie Hot Night. At 00.30 we'll start the dancing party.

All Bowie Curious and Fans are welcome!

H 16.00: Pictures Exhibition "Future Legend" (David Bowie from 1976 to 2003...) by Philippe Auliac (Sotto Underbar, via Gamba 1 Bassano del Grappa). Vancouver 1976 on Video.

H 17.30: Video Documentary "Sound & Vision" & "The Image" from a master copy. Records, Photo & Memorabilia Exhibition "Golden Years for Teenage Wildlife" at Birreria Ottocento (Via S. Giorgio 2, Bassano del Grappa).

H 20.00: Cocktail "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" at Monte Crocetta Bassano del Grappa will be offered by Moonagedaydream.

H 21.00: Indian Dinner at SHI-VAA Restaurant. looking "Nizza 2003" on Mega Screen.

H 23.30: Live Set at Shindy Club with: Radiofiera, Mastica, Misika Sound & Piol will play Bowie Hits. At 00.30 will start the dancing party.

H 06.30: "Reality Breakfast"

From Daniele, Monia and Giusi @ The Italian Bowie Site Moonage Daydream

THE FINAL REALITY OF 2003
17th December 2003

DAVID BOWIE played his final Reality concert of 2003 last night (16th Dec) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.

The twenty-four song set list ran as follows:

     01. Rebel Rebel
     02. New Killer Star
     03. Reality
     04. Fashion
     05. Hang On To Yourself
     06. Fame
     07. Cactus
     08. All The Young Dudes
     09. China Girl
     10. The Loneliest Guy
     11. The Man Who Sold The World
     12. Hallo Spaceboy
     13. Sunday
     14. Under Pressure
     15. Life On Mars?
     16. Ashes To Ashes
     17. Afraid
     18. Let's Dance
     19. Changes
     20. Five Years
     21. I'm Afraid Of Americans
     22. "Heroes"

Encore:
     23. Suffragette City
     24. Ziggy Stardust


David, the band and crew now adjourn for the Christmas period, returning back to 'A Reality Tour 2004' on January 7th 2004 in Cleveland at the CSU-Convocation Center.

Review:
Norwich Bulletin - Bowie brings rocks to Mohegan Sun - [read here]


REALITY SACD HYBRID RELEASE
17th December 2003

DAVID BOWIE's Reality album has a Hybrid SACD release by Sony Music Direct (ISO/Columbia). The single disc with 3 layers has following tracklisting:

DISC 1:
     01. New Killer Star
     02. Pablo Picasso
     03. Never Get Old
     04. The Loneliest Guy
     05. Looking For Water
     06. She'll Drive The Big Car
     07. Days
     08. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
     09. Try Some, Buy Some
     10. Reality
     11. Bring Me The Disco King

DISC 2:
     01. New Killer Star
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     02. Pablo Picasso
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     03. Never Get Old
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     04. The Loneliest Guy
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     05. Looking For Water
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     06. She'll Drive The Big Car
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     07. Days
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     08. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     09. Try Some, Buy Some
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     10. Reality
(2-Channel Stereo Version)
     11. Bring Me The Disco King
(2-Channel Stereo Version)

DISC 3:
     01. New Killer Star
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     02. Pablo Picasso
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     03. Never Get Old
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     04. The Loneliest Guy
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     05. Looking For Water
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     06. She'll Drive The Big Car
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     07. Days
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     08. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     09. Try Some, Buy Some
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     10. Reality
(5.1 Multichannel Version)
     11. Bring Me The Disco King
(5.1 Multichannel Version)

From Sony Music Direct

NEW YORK'S IN LOVE
16th December 2003

DAVID BOWIE and his band rocked Madison Square Garden last in New York City (Monday 15th Dec). They performed a twenty-five song set list which ran as follows:

David in New York City: AP Photo/Kathy Willens David in New York City: AP Photo/Kathy Willens      01. Rebel Rebel
     02. New Killer Star
     03. Reality
     04. Fashion
     05. Hang On To Yourself
     06. Fame
     07. Cactus
     08. All The Young Dudes
     09. China Girl
     10. The Loneliest Guy
     11. The Man Who Sold The World
     12. Hallo Spaceboy
     13. Sunday
     14. Under Pressure
     15. Life On Mars?
     16. Ashes To Ashes
     17. Afraid
     18. The Motel
     19. Changes
     20. Five Years
     21. I'm Afraid Of Americans
     22. "Heroes"

Encore:
     23. The Jean Genie
     24. Suffragette City
     25. Ziggy Stardust


Plenty of celebs showed up backstage including: David Byrne, Jude Law, Lenny Kravitz, Interpol, Meg White of The White Stripes and Q Tip.

Reviews:
New York Times: Matching Familiar Songs With Their New Relatives [read here]
NY Newsday: Carry the News: Bowie Still Boogaloos - [read here]
Hollywood Reporter: David Bowie: MSG - [read here]
New York Daily News: Bowie's Back - [read here]

Check out some live shots and backstage from last night at WireImage


RESCHEDULED DATES SET
16th December 2003

The five Reality shows unfortunately postponed due to DAVID BOWIE's recent bout of influenza have now been rescheduled.

Monday, March 29th - Philadelphia - Wachovia Center (formerly Wed. Dec. 10/03)
Tuesday, March 30th - Boston - FleetCenter (formerly Tuesday, Dec. 9/03)
Thursday, April 1st - Toronto - Air Canada Centre (formerly Friday, Dec. 12/03)
Sunday, May 16th - Washington - Patriot Center (formerly Sunday, Dec. 7/03)
Saturday, May 29th - Atlantic City - Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa (formerly Sat. Dec. 6/03)

Concert tickets for the previously scheduled performances will be honoured at the rescheduled events. Refunds, if required, are available at point of purchase now, until Friday, February 27th 2004.

From TBB @ BowieNet

NORTH AMERICA: WELCOME TO REALITY
13th December 2003

David in Montreal DAVID BOWIE and his band got his North American leg of the 'A Reality' world tour underway tonight in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre.

David spoke quite a bit of French to the Quebecois audience and he mentioned his recent illness saying, for example: "I'm never gonnna get old, I'm never gonna get 'flu!"

At one point during the show David made fun of his "interpretive dance" and mentioned Eduard Lock, La La la Human Steps and Louise Lecavalier, he then pretended to look for her in the audience.

David revealed to the audience near the end of his 110-minute set... "I didn't know if I could do the show tonight; I felt really ill, to be honest with you." But, in his words, the show turned out to be "really memorable".

David performed a rousing twenty-three song list which ran as follows:

David in Montreal      01. Rebel Rebel
     02. New Killer Star
     03. Reality
     04. Fame
     05. Fashion
     06. Cactus
     07. Afraid
     08. All The Young Dudes
     09. China Girl
     10. The Loneliest Guy
     11. The Man Who Sold The World
     12. Hallo Spaceboy
     13. Sunday
David in Montreal      14. Under Pressure
     15. Life On Mars?
     16. Ashes To Ashes
     17. Never Get Old
     18. Changes
     19. I'm Afraid Of Americans
     20. "Heroes"

Encore:
     21. Five Years
     22. Suffragette City
     23. Ziggy Stardust


Reviews:
Reuters: Bowie bounces back with tour opener in Montreal - [read here]
Herald Sun: The thin white duke even thinner - [read here]
The Gazette: Bowie lovers share reverence - [read here]
The Washington Post: Bowie Bounces Back with tour opener in Montreal - [read here]

Thanks to Roman, Robert and Lawrence.

DAVY'S ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
12th December 2003

Great news everyone... DAVID BOWIE is DEFINITELY performing tomorrow evening (Saturday 13th Dec) in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre, after recovering from his recent influenza virus.

Have fun at the show kids... and break a leg David, the band and tour entourage :)


TORONTO SHOW POSTPONED
11th December 2003

Unfortunately DAVID BOWIE is still not well enough to perform at his opening Canadian concert tomorrow evening at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada on Friday (12th December).

David's influenza is slowly improving, and everyone is remaining hopeful that Montreal concert will go ahead on Saturday.

Get better soon, David.

SOMETHING FOR KATE TO SUPPORT
11th December 2003

The support band for DAVID BOWIE's 'Down Under' leg of his 'A Reality' world tour have been confirmed.

SOMETHING FOR KATE, the Melbourne trio of Paul Dempsey (singer/guitarist), Stephanie Ashworth (bass) and Clint Hyndman (drums) will be performing on all shows nationally, with dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Check out their official website @ www.somethingforkate.com for more information.


MORE 2004 FESTIVAL DATES CONFIRMED
10th December 2003

Details of the next batch of CONFIRMED DAVID BOWIE festival dates for 2004.

JUNE 2004
Holland: Arrow Rock Festival, Lichtenvoorde - Friday June 11th (On sale Sat Dec 13th)
UK: Isle of Wight Festival, Medina - Sunday June 13th - (on sale now).
Norway: Bergen - Thursday June 17th - (on sale now) - (on sale now).
Norway: Norwegian Wood Festival, Oslo - Friday June 18th - (on sale now).

JULY 2004
Denmark: Roskilde - July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th - (Performance date to be announced)
Belgium: Werchter - July 2nd, 3rd, 4th - (Performance date to be announced)
Scotland: T In The Park - Saturday July 10th - (on sale now).

From TotalBlamBlam @ BowieNet.

UPCOMING DAVID BOWIE PHOTO EXHIBITION
10th December 2003

Italian David Bowie Photo Exhibition Well renowned French photographer PHILIP AULIAC has an upcoming DAVID BOWIE photographic exhibition in Italy called 'Future Legend'.

The exhibition will be held at: Bassano Del Grappa - Vincenza on 5th January 2004 - Ore 16.00. Birreria Da Ponte.

Check out Philip's website at www.auliac.com


THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
10th December 2003

DAVID BOWIE's Reality album is featured in the UNCUT Top Fifty Albums of 2003 list placed at number 27. Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture DVD is placed at number five in their Top Ten Music DVDs of 2003...

Five piece Dutch 'Flashback to Bowie' band CH-CH-CHANGES are changing their name to ECHO BOWIE. Under their previous name they played at every 'Voyeur' fan meeting in Holland for the last couple of years, to great success. Their setlist features classic Bowie hits and songs like 'New Killer Star', 'Stay', 'Survive', 'Look Back In Anger' and 'Station To Station'. They play their first gig under the name of Echo Bowie on Sunday 14th December at Le Vagabond, Nieuwe Binnenweg 99 Rotterdam...


CABARET-STYLE BOWIE HOMAGE
9th December 2003

Darkness and Disgrace: Special Edition at the Retro Bar, London WC2

DES DE MOOR and RUSSELL CHURNEY perform the songs of DAVID BOWIE with DJ Ian Harris

Tuesday 16 December 2003, 20:00-23:00

English chansonnier Des de Moor and musical cabaret virtuoso Russell Churney celebrate the release of a new CD of their show of David Bowie songs, Darkness and Disgrace, with a "special edition" performance at one of London's friendliest drinking holes, the Retro Bar on the Strand.

Darkness and Disgrace began life as a music theatre piece, an intimate and emotionally dynamic musical excursion tracing Bowie's oeuvre from its roots in the soul-soaked, creatively explosive London of the 1960s and onwards through a landscape peopled by mod Newley-wannabes, sexually ambivalent science fiction apocalypse prophets, Brel-fixated trash theatre queens, drug-stupefied cold war romantics, pre-millennial art murderers and wild-eyed aliens from Bromley. The show has drawn acclaim from critics and audiences alike, with several London runs, a stint at the Edinburgh fringe and numerous touring dates. David Bowie himself described a recording of the show as "a real ear opener".

This special one-off gig marks the first performance since a London run back in February, with an hour-long selection of songs. DJ Ian Harris will be topping and tailing the evening with an eclectic but appropriate mix of good quality pop tunes from the 60s to 80s.

"A must see... stunning new versions of Bowie songs" - Xfm Radio
"Fascinating... an enigmatic two hander" - The Times
"Intelligent and moving... providing new insights at every turn" - What's On In London
"Inspired... a very clever and entertaining piece" - Bowienet

THE RETRO BAR 2 George Court (off the Strand), London WC2N 6HH
Admission £5/£4 - Reservations 020 7321 2811
Underground/National Rail Charing Cross; Underground Embankment

For more information... about the Darkness and Disgrace CD and the launch gig see desdemoor.com


TWO ADDITIONAL SHOWS POSTPONED
8th December 2003

Official Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12.08.2003:
DAVID BOWIE FORCED TO POSTPONE BOSTON AND PHILADELPHIA SHOWS THIS WEEK ON NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF HIS 'A REALITY TOUR' DUE TO CONTINUED BOUT WITH FLU


DAVID BOWIE has been forced to postpone two additional shows on the North American leg of his 'A Reality Tour' as doctors have ordered him to remain in bed for a few days longer while he shakes the flu. Fans who were planning to attend these two shows - Boston - Tuesday, Dec. 9th - FleetCenter, and Philadelphia - Dec. 10 - First Union Spectrum (in addition to the previously postponed Atlantic City and Washington performances) - should retain their tickets until a new show date is announced. Tickets for the previously scheduled performances will be honored at the rescheduled events.

BOWIE is coming off a sold-out and critically acclaimed tour of Europe and the U.K. in connection with his current album REALITY, which debuted in the #1 position on Billboard's Pan European chart and entered the Top 10 in 15 countries. Yesterday, he was honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for 'New Killer Star', a track from REALITY and a highlight of the live show.

It is expected that BOWIE will now launch his North American tour Friday, December 12th in Toronto.

From BowieNet.


THE DUKE AND EARL
7th December 2003

Zig Zag by Earl Slick This week finally sees the release of EARL SLICK's eagerly awaited solo album entitled Zig Zag on Sanctuary Records.

Recorded in Portland, Oregon, New York City, Dublin, Ireland, London, UK and produced by Mark Plati, the album features guest artists such as DAVID BOWIE, Robert Smith of The Cure, Martha Davis, Spacehog's Roy Langdon and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott.

The ten-track album features David Bowie's vocal talents on their excellent co-written song Isn't It Evening (The Revolutionary). The song sees Bowie draping a haunting pop melody over Slick's mesmerizingly subtle guitar shadings. "David sounds amazing on the song," says Slick. "I remember being in the studio when he recorded the vocals and thinking, 'This is weird. For once, I'm on the other side of the glass and he's playing on a track for me. He nailed his vocals in one or two takes and it came out great - that's the beauty of working with David. I've been in the studio with other guys who've been around just as long as he has and it can sometimes take a week or longer to get a single vocal track done, and that's only if you bring in a team of psychiatrists and some Prozac."

"David got wind of 'Zig Zag' and said he wanted to get involved in the record," Slick says. "His track was the one that was in the most raw form; I gave him a cassette with half a dozen things on it, and that one had a rhythm guitar and a little guitar melody - and that's it. He came up with the lyrics and fleshed out the melody and turned it into this killer song."

The album tracklisting is as follows:

     01. Dancing With Eleanor
     02. Believe
     03. Isn't It Evening
     04. 1735
     05. Zig Zag
     06. Pike St.
     07. Crunched
     08. St. Mark's Place
     09. Psycho Twang
     10. The Cat


Zig Zag is released on Tuesday 9th December and can be purchased in the UK and the USA. You can listen to a preview of the whole album at vh1.com

Check out Earl Slick's brand new spanking website @ www.earlslick.com


NORWEGIAN FESTIVAL WHISPERS
6th December 2003

There are several rumoured and unofficially announced DAVID BOWIE 2004 festival dates currently doing the rounds.

Two of Norway's largest newspapers are reporting that David will play two concerts in Norway next summer; 17th June in Bergen and 18th June as headliner of The Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo. Links: fredag.dagbladet.no and pub.tv2.no

From Steinar in Oslo.

(Ed. As usual, these announcements will have been made by the festival concert promoters BEFORE David has signed or agreed any contracts. Please wait for OFFICIAL confirmation via BowieNet of any 2004 festival dates before making arrangements or buying tickets).


CALLING BOWIE COLLECTORS
5th December 2003

Trident Ziggy Stardust Acetates Here's something for the serious DAVID BOWIE collectors out there to get their teeth into. Up for grabs are two Ziggy Stardust acetates. The seller Mike obtained these acetates from his sister who was a singer and recorded at Trident Studios in London around that time.

The tracks don't sound much different to the finished album, it's more about the tracklisting, two tracks fading out, and a Rolling Stones track included. One has the original orange Trident cover, the other is in a plain orange cover.

Anyone interested in these rare items should contact the owner/seller Mike Corbally via BWW and I will forward any enquiries on.


THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
5th December 2003

Just A Gigolo director and actor DAVID HEMMINGS has pased away, aged 62, whilst in Romania for the filming of 'Samantha's Child'. Click to read the Guardian Obituary...

One month after his death at age forty-eight from renal cell cancer, former Chic drummer TONY THOMPSON will be remembered at a December 16th benefit/fundraiser at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles. DAVID BOWIE, whose album Let's Dance features Thompson's trademark drum figures, has donated a piece of original artwork to be raffled during the event. Additionally, a Yamaha drum kit signed by all the participating musicians will be raffled. Tony is survived by his wife, Patrice Jennings, and her two teenage children. Fans who cannot attend the show can make donations on the tonythompsonfund.com Web site...

The Philadelphia Inquirer have an exclusive interview with DAVID BOWIE on their website. 'Thoroughly modern Bowie' by Dan DeLuca can be read here...


FIRST TWO US SHOWS POSTPONED
5th December 2003

Official Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12.05.2003: DAVID BOWIE FORCED TO POSTPONE THE FIRST TWO SHOWS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF HIS 'A REALITY TOUR' DUE TO BOUT WITH FLU


DAVID BOWIE has been forced to postpone the first two shows of the North American leg of his 'A Reality Tour' this weekend, as doctors have ordered him to remain in bed for a number of days until he shakes the flu. Fans who were planning to attend these two shows - December 6th (Atlantic City, NJ, The Borgata) and December 7th (Washington, D.C., Patriot Center) - should retain their tickets until a new show date is announced. Tickets for the previously scheduled performances will be honored at the rescheduled events.

BOWIE is coming off a sold-out and critically acclaimed tour of Europe and the U.K. in connection with his current album REALITY, which debuted in the #1 position on Billboard’s Pan European chart and entered the Top 10 in 15 countries. Yesterday, he was honored with a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for 'New Killer Star', a track from REALITY and a highlight of the live show.

It is expected that BOWIE will now launch his North American tour Tuesday, December 9 at the Fleet Center in Boston.


GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR DAVID
4th December 2003

Congratulations to DAVID BOWIE on his nomination in the 46th annual Grammy Awards.

In the category for 'Male Rock Vocal Performance' here are the nominations:

     'New Killer Star' - David Bowie
     'Down In The Flood' - Bob Dylan
     'If I Could Fall In Love' - Lenny Kravitz
     'Gravedigger' - Dave Matthews
     'Return of Jackie and Judy' - Tom Waits


The awards ceremony will be presented on February 8th in Los Angeles, USA.


etalk EXCLUSIVE WITH DAVID ON CANADIAN TV
4th December 2003

Canadian fans of DAVID BOWIE will have a few opportunities to see the living legend perform this month. In addition to his tour dates (December 12th in Toronto and December 13th in Montreal), the icon will be making an exclusive Canadian TV appearance when he headlines an episode of CTV's etalk DAILY on December 15th.

During the 30-minute programme, Bowie will perform a selection of songs to a fortunate studio audience at Toronto's historic Masonic Temple. The show will also feature an interview with host Ben Mulroney.

"David Bowie exclusively on etalk DAILY. That's a string of words we are incredibly proud to group together," said Jordan Schwartz, Executive Producer of etalk DAILY. "The opportunity to showcase David Bowie at the historic Masonic Temple is one we look forward to."

The etalk Exclusive With David Bowie will air on Monday December 15th at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

By Manuela Spizzirri @ chartattack.com


I DIG EVERYTHING
3rd December 2003

Check out an online interview with DAVID BOWIE in 'the best little paper in Boston' the WEEKLY DIG - David Wildman spoke with db by phone from London, some of highlights include:

The direction you seem to be going these days, moving away from the heavy electronica that you've been doing, is this a deliberate choice on your part?
It really isn't. I love all that stuff very much indeed, so I guess I'm just writing the stuff that I feel is right for my time, where I live and what I'm doing. I can quite see myself doing ... I mean, David Torn, who I work with these days quite a bit, we've talked about doing something maybe a little more techy in the future.

Tell me about the tour.
This leg of the tour, we've got about 30 dates. I know we're coming back to the States in the spring. Then we'll be doing a whole bunch more when we come back, after we do New Zealand and Japan and Hong Kong and all that, you know? We've got Wembley, London for the next few nights, then we end up in Glasgow - that's our very last show in Europe. It's been a hell of a run. It's been a great tour - really excellent tour.

Do you ever feel under pressure to keep coming up with something new?
'Under Pressure' we do in the show, and Gail Dorsey is doing the Freddie Mercury part (laughs). Boy she's good, and I've got to follow that each night. She sings her tits off that thing. The only thing I can compete with is I usually follow up with 'Life On Mars' and look back at her EHRAAA! [makes taunting noise and laughs heartily]. It's the only thing that will stand up to that bugger! Under pressure to do what?

To come up with something new each time you release a record. You've dipped into so many styles.
No, no, it has to be what I like. It has to be, but you know it starts off from there. If I've gotten all fancy about something then that will probably end up somewhere in there. But usually I just try to create a nice atmosphere for the song in question.

You can read the whole interview here @ www.weeklydig.com


DECEMBER DB TV
3rd December 2003

Several DAVID BOWIE movies, documentaries, interviews and performances to be on the look-out for this month in UK, Germany and USA include...

  4th Saturday Night Live starring David Bowie, Comedy Central, USA, 1:00pm ET
  6th Linkshänder, ARTE, Germany, 17:15 CET
  8th Everybody Loves Sunshine, Sky Movies 7, UK, 2:30 GMT
10th Cracked Actor: David Bowie, BBC Prime, Europe and Africa, 00:00 GMT
10th Bowie At The BBC, BBC Prime, Europe and Africa, 00:55 GMT
13th Everybody Loves Sunshine, Sky Movies 9, UK, 1:10 GMT
13th Cracked Actor: David Bowie, BBC Prime, Europe and Africa, 2:00 GMT
23rd David Bowie: A Little Later, BBC Prime, Europe and Africa, 23:45 GMT
24th Everybody Loves Sunshine, Sky Movies 7, UK, 00:40 GMT
29th Parkinson Starburst featuring Bowie, BBC America, USA, 6:30am, 7:30am and 8:30am ET

More programmes and events can be found on the December Monthly Planner.


THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
2nd December 2003

DAVID BOWIE is featured in the current issue of German magazine GALORE which contains a lengthy interview...

There is a DAVID BOWIE fan meet-up planned in Toronto, Canada before and after the concert. More information and details can be found at http://poemsforbowienet.com/toronto.htm - (from Linda)...

The DIAMOND DOGZ (David Bowie tribute band) have a gig this Friday 5th December in an amazing 50's club called the Mildmay Social Club at 34 Newington Green, London N16 9PR. Doors open at 8pm until late. Cheap drinks, ie pint of lager £1.80...

The quite excellent CHANGES BOWIE tribute band play the Riga Music Bar in Westcliff, Essex on Friday 19th December. Further information can be found at http://www.changesbowie.co.uk - (from Tony)...


SCOTTISH BOWIE THEMED WEDDING
1st December 2003

When DAVID BOWIE played Glasgow last Friday there was also another special event going on at the same time, same place.

Terry and Denise got married on Friday 28th November and the ceremony was based around a David Bowie theme. They asked their guests to dress up in some kind of Bowie outfit. Denise had a fantastic Ziggy costume made by the art students at their local college, while Terry wore a jazzy frockcoat (no bibberty bobberty hat though!).

Wedding Day The couple walked into the register office to the tune of 'Starman' after 'Life On Mars?' had been played to get the guests ready. At the signing of the register Ziggy Stardust was playing, then after having a quick lunch before the coach took the wedding party to the Bowie concert in Glasgow. (Brilliant night do eh?!!)

Denise said: ..."it was an amazing day and more Bowie fans should dedicate their entire wedding day to Bowie. The groom waited for me to the sound of Life On Mars? and I entered the register office to Starman and the register was signed to Ziggy Stardust. Like I say more fans should do it this way!"




Best wishes and many congratulations to the happy couple from everyone here at BWW :)


SECOND MELBOURNE GIG ADDED
1st December 2003

A second DAVID BOWIE concert has been added to the Australian leg of the 'A Reality' tour. David and the band will also play Melbourne the following day on Friday 27th February at the Rod Laver Arena.

The pre-sale for BowieNet members only starts today (1st Dec) at 5:00pm EST.

The Internet general pre-sale starts on Friday December 5th at 9:00am and ends on Sunday December 7th at 5pm (or until allocation is sold out).

Tickets for the general public go on sale Monday December 8th at 9am. There is a ticket limit of 8 per person. Tickets can be bought via ticketek


SOUND + VISION 4CD SET RELEASED TODAY
1st December 2003

Sound + Vision 4CD Box Set Reminder: Released today by EMI is the DAVID BOWIE 4CD Sound + Vision Box Set (Cat. No. 5945112) and in the US tomorrow (2nd December).

With the critical success of DAVID BOWIE's latest and quite fabulous new album Reality, it's as good a time as ever to rediscover Bowie's incredible back catalogue.

With this in mind, EMI (Cat: 5945112) and Virgin have decided to facilitate your Bowie exploration by re-releasing Bowie's classic 1989 Rykodisc box set SOUND + VISION.

The original Sound + Vision box set, which has long been out of print, contained three jam-packed CDs, whereas this new re-release will hold four discs of Bowie goodness. That's 70 tracks, which have all been remastered. They also promise that the new set will be "more competitively priced" than the original release, which commands a high price among collector.

Most of the extra songs on the new fourth disc come from Bowie albums that came out after the box set's initial release in 1989. There are a handful of tracks from the 1995 soundtrack to Buddha Of Suburbia, tracks from 1993's Black Tie White Noise, and several songs from the first two Tin Machine albums. There are also previously unreleased mixes of 'Nite Flights' and 'Pallas Athena'.

The new version of Sound + Vision will be in stores on December 1st in the UK and 2nd in the USA. The full tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1:
     Space Oddity (original demo 1969)
     The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (rare B-side version 1969)
     The Prettiest Star (single version 1970)
     London Bye Ta-Ta (stereo mix recorded 1970) previously unreleased stereo mix
     Black Country Rock (from The Man Who Sold The World)
     The Man Who Sold The World (from The Man Who Sold The World)
     The Bewlay Brothers (from Hunky Dory)
     Changes (from Hunky Dory)
     Round And Round (alternate vocal take 1971) previously unreleased alternate vocal take
     Moonage Daydream (from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars)
     John, I'm Only Dancing (Aladdin Sane outtake 1973)
     Drive-In Saturday (from Aladdin Sane)
     Panic In Detroit (from Aladdin Sane)
     Ziggy Stardust (live from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture 1973)
     White Light, White Heat (live from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture 1973)
     Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (live from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture 1973)
     Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (from Pinups 1973)
     Sorrow (from Pinups 1973)
     Don't Bring Me Down (from Pinups 1973)

CD 2:
     1984/Dodo (recorded 1973)
     Big Brother (from Diamond Dogs 1974)
     Rebel Rebel (rare single version 1974)
     Suffragette City (from David Live 1974)
     Watch That Man (from David Live 1974)
     Cracked Actor (from David Live 1974)
     Young Americans (from Young Americans 1975)
     Fascination (from Young Americans 1975)
     After Today (Young Americans outtake 1975)
     It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City (recorded 1975)
     TVC15 (from Station To Station 1976)
     Wild Is The Wind (from Station To Station 1976)
     Sound And Vision (from Low 1977)
     Be My Wife (from Low 1977)
     Speed Of Life (from Low 1977)
     "Helden" (German version of "Heroes" 1989 remix)
     Joe The Lion (from "Heroes" 1977)
     Sons Of The Silent Age (from "Heroes" 1977)

CD 3:
     Station To Station (from Stage 1978)
     Warszawa (from Stage 1978)
     Breaking Glass (from Stage 1978)
     Red Sails (from Lodger 1979)
     Look Back In Anger (from Lodger 1979)
     Boys Keep Swinging (from Lodger 1979)
     Up The Hill Backwards (from Scary Monsters 1980)
     Kingdom Come (from Scary Monsters 1980)
     Ashes To Ashes (from Scary Monsters 1980)
     Baal's Hymn (from Baal E.P.) previously unreleased on CD
     Drowned Girl (from Baal E.P.) previously unreleased on CD
     Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (soundtrack album version)
     China Girl (from Let's Dance)
     Ricochet (from Let's Dance)
     Modern Love (Live) (B-side) previously unreleased on CD
     Loving The Alien (from Tonight)
     Dancing With The Big Boys (from Tonight)

CD 4:
     Blue Jean (from Tonight)
     Time Will Crawl (from Never Let Me Down)
     Baby Can Dance (from Tin Machine)
     Amazing (from Tin Machine)
     I Can't Read (from Tin Machine)
     Shopping For Girls (from Tin Machine II)
     Goodbye Mr. Ed (from Tin Machine II)
     Amlapura (from Tin Machine II)
     You've Been Around (from Black Tie White Noise)
     Nite Flights (Moodswings Back To Basics Remix Radio Edit) previously unreleased radio edit
     Pallas Athena (Gone Midnight Mix) previously unreleased Jack Dangers Remix
     Jump They Say (from Black Tie White Noise)
     Buddha Of Suburbia (from Buddha Of Suburbia)
     Dead Against It (from Buddha Of Suburbia)
     South Horizon (from Buddha Of Suburbia)
     Pallas Athena (Live as Tao Jones Index)

You can purchase Sound + Vision 4CD Box Set now.

T IN THE PARK TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
1st December 2003

As mentioned yesterday DAVID BOWIE is to headline at next year's T IN THE PARK festival in Scotland at Balado, near Kinross on July 10th-11th, 2004.

Tickets for T In The Park go sale tomorrow (Monday). For more information visit ticketmaster.


ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2004
1st December 2003

DAVID BOWIE has jumped at the chance to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival next year on 13th June. The star said he has longed to play the legendary event which was revived in 2002.

Bowie said of the show: "I was so envious of other acts that got to do the other Isle of Wight Festivals - it is really coming back."

The festival hosted performances by The Who, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors in its earlier incarnation. It was held each summer from 1968 to 1970. The next festival will take place from June 11th to 13th.

Bowie added: "This is the very first time I have been to the Isle of Wight Festival. Obviously I've been to the Isle of Wight, it's a fabulous place - I used to go there on holiday when I was a kid. I jumped at it, it is a smashing thing to do."

Bowie - who has been a Glastonbury headliner in the past - said he loved the vibe of festivals... "It is definitely one of my favourite ways to work - I love older and younger bands, and for a guy like me it is great to see the mix."

From ITV News.

BOWIE FAN TICKET CLASSIFIEDS
1st December 2003

Let's beat the US touts with 'A Reality' Tour Ticket Exchange. If you were unfortunate enough not to be able to buy the tickets you wanted for the DAVID BOWIE forthcoming USA Reality shows you can now post your own classified ads yourself to trade/swop/sell tickets with other Bowie fans worldwide.

There must be around 50 or so classified ads up there now. Please let me know if you get sorted and need your advertisement removing. Big thanks and respect to all you db fans who are willing to sell their spare tickets at cost price and help out their fellow fans.

Feel free to add your own wanted/exchange/swop/for sale classified advertisements here...

DAVID BOWIE FAN FORCE TICKET EXCHANGE


Either email in and I'll post up on your behalf or even easier - do it yourself. Make sure you add a password if you want to alter your advertisement later. Please note: Anyone deemed to be "ripping off" fans will get their advert deleted and blocked from posting again.

"May the db fan force be with you."






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