DATE: APRIL 13, 2005
FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LATHUM NELSON
'DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR' DVD
CERTIFIED PLATINUM IN THE U.S.
The "DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR" DVD (ISO/Columbia) has been certified Platinum, with U.S. sales exceeding 100,000.
Commemorating his first major world tour in nearly a decade, "DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR" was filmed November 22 and 23, 2003, in front of emotionally charged audiences at the Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland and marks the influential rock legend's first concert film in over 15 years. The force of BOWIE's unrivaled voice and charisma - which consistently garnered him the best live reviews of his career night after night - is powerfully underlined in the DVD's 30 songs spanning his illustrious career. As he delivers one incredible song after another over the course of two-and-a-half hours - including "Five Years" and "Hang On To Yourself," which BOWIE hasn't played live in over 20 years - fans will feel the intimacy and passion of BOWIE's performance that doesn't rely on any tricks, any bells and whistles, any costume changes, any special effects or gimmickry. The program runs in Stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound and includes a Jukebox, Discography and a ten-page booklet full of live photos from the concert.
Feeding off the overwhelming response from the Dublin audience, BOWIE said on the first night: "If we're going to film a DVD anywhere, this is the place to do it. I know it, you know it and they (the film crew) know it!" "DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR" is produced by Blink TV, edited by Emmy Award winner Guy Harding and the Creative Director is Marcus Viner. The DVD's 5.1 surround sound mix was engineered by Tony Visconti, BOWIE's long-time producer of such classic albums as THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, YOUNG AMERICANS and "HEROES"; Visconti also co-produced with BOWIE his most recent critically revered albums HEATHEN (2002) and REALITY (2003).
Armed with a rotating list of 60 songs, BOWIE and his band - Gerry Leonard (band leader/guitar/vocals), Sterling Campbell (drums/vocals), Earl Slick (guitar), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass guitar/vocals), Catherine Russell (keyboards/vocals/percussion/guitar) and Mike Garson (keyboards) - made their mark with shows constituting what many described as one of the best treks in his career. The hugely successful and critically acclaimed "A Reality Tour" began last October in Europe, visiting countries all over the world while attracting over 700,000 fans and earning the tour #1 top-grossing honors for the first half of 2004, according to Billboard Boxscore. It was also hailed as "Best Tour: #2 (after Radiohead)" in the "Critics' Picks" section in the ROLLING STONE "Music Awards 2003" poll (2/5/04).
"DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR" mixes an array of classics and deep album cuts with songs from BOWIE's most recent works, HEATHEN and REALITY, both of which critics ranked among his best works. HEATHEN entered the top 15 in 14 countries, including the U.S., while REALITY claimed the #1 position on Billboard's Pan European chart, debuting in the Top 10 in 15 countries. BOWIE truly continues to raise the standard for ongoing adventurousness and artistry in popular music.
Here's what critics had to say about "DAVID BOWIE - A REALITY TOUR" DVD:
"David Bowie fans not lucky enough to catch him during his most recent world tour can witness the career-spanning spectacle on a new DVD capturing his magnetic Dublin performance from last November...Bowie fans both young and old will find plenty of favorites to satisfy them on this DVD....Bowie's almost two and a half hour performance...is captivating." - Derrik J. Lang, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 10/26/04
"...ranks as one of the best live DVDs of the year..." - Timothy Hiatt, ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER, 12/1/04
"For anyone who saw Bowie on his recent tour, this DVD will serve as a reminder of how vital he remains. Bowie performs with the energy of someone half his age. This DVD provides a glimpse into the magic he created during the tour." - Eric Schelkopf, KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE, 11/28/04
"...a well paced, 30-song, 140-minute program that this diehard modernist doesn't allow to become a greatest-hits revue. It's especially arresting visually, with eye-popping and innovative effects that keep pace with the music, which varies from moody surrealism to apocalyptic blowouts." - Peter Puterbaugh, SOUND & VISION, February/March 2005
"...David Bowie continues to impress as a vital, forward-minded rock artist. The Dublin stop on Bowie's 2003-04 'Reality' tour with his white-hot band was documented for this DVD. Reasons to listen: The imaginatively filmed DVD boasts a great, 30-song set list, with a programmable jukebox feature. Bowie leavens his hits with left-field inspirations, including a revamped 'Rebel Rebel,' the ghostly 'Heathen (The Rays)' and a moody, muscular reclaiming of Iggy Pop's 'Sister Midnight.'" - Bradley Bambarger, NEWARK STAR LEDGER, 12/19/04
"With sleek camera work blended with the concert's video and lighting effects, this DVD takes the viewer for a concert ride that proves that after four decades in music, Bowie's still got it. Singing former hits such as 'Fame' and 'Under Pressure' with the passion of an artist singing his songs for the first time..." - Mari Fong, CAMPUS CIRCLE, 2/23/05