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HOW'S THAT SOUND MISTER?
31st March 2002
Remember last February and the news of the multi-track transfer and archival of the 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'? The reason for the project by SRT (Sound Recording Technology) in Cambridgeshire, UK is for the DVD release in early 2003 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. (2003 Jan-June).
The Man Who Fell To Earth, 16x9, THX, DTS, Dolby EX, Interviews, cc. Anamorphic 16x9 enchanced for widescreen TV, THX Mastering, DTS Soundtrack and Dolby Ex.
Anchor Bay Entertainment also have a UK market so hopefully it will be released worldwide.
Note the inclusion of interviews... I presume these will be the same ones used originally on the laserdisc release by Criterion. The laserdisc featured audio commentary by director Nic Roeg, David Bowie and co-star Buck Henry, deleted scenes analysis, with photos and continuity book excerpts. More than 100 production photos, costume sketches, and behind-the-scenes snapshots.
Thanks to GP for locating the Anchor Bay release info.
EAT TO THE MEAT BEAT
29th March 2002
As mentioned last month, the Pro.File Remix Collection from The Meat Beat Manifesto/Jack Dangers Remix Collection V.1 marks the first installment of Brooklyn Music's new Pro. File Series. Culled from ten years of his production history, this group of Jack Dangers' remixes represent tracks most of which were never released commercially. Selections include remixes of DAVID BOWIE, Nine Inch Nails, The Shamen, David Byrne, Banco de Gaia, Freddy Fresh, D.H.S, Atomic Babies, Tino, Papa Brittle and Deepsky. The original version of the Tino track included here, "Liquid Dub" appears on the Tino's Breaks Volume 5 - Dub CD and DLP.
01. House Of God - D.H.S. (Jack Dangers mix)
02. Closer - Nine Inch Nails (Deviation mix)
03. You've Been Around - David Bowie (Dangers mix)
04. Stargazer - Deepsky (Tuff mix)
05. Cetch Da Monkey - Atomic Babies (Sonology Instrumental mix)
06. Hyperreal - The Shamen (Selector mix)
07. Ava - David Byrne (Nu Wage mix)
08. Party Right - Freddy Fresh (All Terrain Mountain mix)
09. How Much Reality Can You Take? - Banco De Gaia (Mysterious Drum mix)
10. Status Quo - Papa Brittle (Westminster Dub)
11. Liquid Dub - Tino (Jack Dangers mix)
You can purchase Pro.File vol. 1: Jack Dangers Remix Collection here.
UNDOCUMENTED BOWIE 74 SHOW UNEARTHED
29th March 2002
A previously undocumented performance from DAVID BOWIE'S The Year of the Diamond Dogs 1974 concert tour in the US has finally been uncovered.
On 6th July 1974, David performed at the Coliseum, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The missing link was finally uncovered by Karl S searching through the archives at the University of S.C. in Columbia. After literally spending hours and hours seeking any possible information concerning this missing date, he finally came across The Gamecock, a student newspaper which contained a review from three students who attended the show. In their review they stated they drove the 3 and half hour journey up to Greensboro' in NC from Columbia S.C. to see the show on the Saturday evening.
Great work Karl!
THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
29th March 2002
Two known songs that will appear on DAVID BOWIE'S 'Heathen' album scheduled for release on ISO Records (11th June) are the title track 'Heathen' and 'I Would Be Your Slave'...
According to www.richardlloyd.com official website TELEVISION are now confirmed to perform at the Meltdown Festival in London on June 20th and 21st. This is one of the very best European festivals and is curated this year by DAVID BOWIE... (Thanks to Alistair for the pointer)...
More show rumours... In a Belgian newspaper 'Het Laatse Nieuws' they've put the announcement that not only will the Heathen album come out, followed by a tour through the biggest festivals but that this outside-location tour will probably be followed by an inside tour which will likely bring Bowie to Antwerp after the summer holidays... (from Erik)
COLUMBIA RECORDS PRESS RELEASE
27th March 2002
COLUMBIA RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE SIGNING OF DAVID BOWIE NEW ALBUM "HEATHEN" DUE ON JUNE 11TH. FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 3 YEARS MARKS NEW "ISO RECORDS" MULTI-ALBUM DEAL
Columbia Records announced today that it has signed David Bowie to a multi-record deal through the artist's ISO Records, and will release 'Heathen', his first studio album in three years, on June 11th.
The album marks the artist's first studio collaboration in more than two decades with producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with Bowie on numerous albums throughout his career, including 'Young Americans', 'Low', "Heroes" and 'Scary Monsters And Super Creeps'.
According to Columbia Records Chairman Don Ienner, "David Bowie is simply one of the most distinctive, influential and exciting artists of our time, and Heathen is a remarkable addition to his incredible body of work. The album is filled with amazing songs and performances that evoke vintage Bowie without ever looking backward, and I think it's the album that his worldwide audience has been waiting for. Music needs David Bowie right now, and we couldn't be more proud that he has chosen Columbia as his new home."
Regarding his signing to Columbia, Bowie said, "I can't think of a better home for the music that will be made for ISO than Columbia. After my first couple of meetings with the guys at Columbia it was apparent that their enthusiasm for what Tony and I are doing right now borders on boundless."
Following the release of 'Heathen', Bowie is expected to perform on a series of European and American festival dates this summer. He will also act as curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival in London during June.
From Columbia Records via BowieNet.
THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
26th March 2002
A rather fetching Dolce and Gabbaba Italian shirt worn and signed by DAVID BOWIE is up for grabs on eBay from BowieNet - Find Bowie items on eBay...
Talking about the planned BowieNet members only gig at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City DAVID BOWIE has announced on BowieNet message boards - "I have (I hope) a wonderful set list for you at Roseland. I would say 70% never performed before." He also mentions elsewhere that he has now sorted the distribution deal for ISO Records for his next studio album release. He also been doing the album cover and package photos last week. Full news won't be long now...
The movie MR. RICE'S SECRET gets an airing here in the UK today on Sky Premier 4 at 12:30 GMT...
The Concert Listings pages here on BowieWonderworld have a few more concert ticket scans and passes added, covering various eras, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1983. Click on the dates to see a ticket scan of the particular show. Loads more to follow, keep checking. Please feel free to send any in if you so wish...
The new PULP single 'Bad Cover Version' which features a 'Ziggy Stardust' Heddon Street photograph has now been rescheduled for 15th April release date...
THEY FALL ON TODAY...
26th March 2002
34 years ago today...
David appeared in 'Pierrot In Turquoise' at the Intimate Theatre in Palmers Green, London, England. Featuring Lindsay Kemp as 'Pierrot', Jack Birkett as 'Harlequin', David Bowie as 'Cloud', Annie Stainer as 'Columbine' and Michael Garrett was the piano player. David performs five songs: 'When I Live My Dream', 'Sell Me A Coat', 'Threepenny Pierrot', 'Columbine' and 'The Mirror'. Craig San Roque (Director), Musical Director: Michael Garrett (Musical Director), Natasha Kornilof (Costume and Set Designer).
26 years ago today...
David appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA during his 1976 World Tour.
19 years ago today...
'Let's Dance'/Cat People (Putting Out Fire) is released by EMI Records (EMI EA 152) which goes on to hit the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart.
15 years ago today...
David held a press/music conference for his upcoming 1987 Glass Spider Tour at Parkcafe Lowenbrau in Munich, Germany.
12 years ago today...
David played at the Docklands Arena in London, England during his 1990 Sound+Vision World Tour.
NEW DAVID BOWIE 1962 - 1968 BOOK
25th March 2002
ALEX ALEXANDER and PETE FOULSTONE have completed their latest DAVID BOWIE fan book. Produced in a limited edition of 100, with 96 glorious pages, 4 in colour, crammed full with details about David Bowie during the years 1962 to 1968.
Every page is filled with rare photographs (over 300 different images), some being seen here for the very first time. Featuring interviews, reviews, tickets, posters, flyers, programmes, etc. Most of which is not available on the net.
This book is available NOW from:
Alex Alexander, 143 Ferry Road, Langstone Marina, Portsmouth, Hants, PO4 9UD, UK.
Total price - in the UK £15. Europe £15/$20 USD/25 EUROS. Outside Europe £20 or $30.
PayPal also now accepted at email@example.com
He can accept cash in most currencies but cheques and postal orders from the UK only.
Any questions please contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
24th March 2002
'Loving The Alien' by The Scumfrog v David Bowie is scheduled for release on 29th April on Positiva Records. If you visit their website and sign up to the members area you can listen to the full version of the original mix...
A couple of DAVID BOWIE websites have had been revamped. Dutch fanzine The Voyeur has a new splash screen and the German fan site david-bowie.org has had an overhaul and is now available in English too. Check them out now...
There are a couple of DAVID BOWIE video clips you can view at the BBC Top of The Pops website. There is part of David's first ever performance of Starman on the show, along with Queen Bitch from The Old Grey Whistle Test. There also an interview snippet of a DB interview with Stuart Grundy where he talks about recording his Low and "Heroes" albums. Oh and there's also Boy George/Culture Club performing Starman...
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL TICKETS
22nd March 2002
Tickets for the Montreux Jazz Festival and the full programme of events will be available from 25th April from 9.30 am @ www.montreuxjazz.com. Tickets will be on sale the same day via the internet, TicketCorner and usual retail outlets.
From The Montreux Jazz Festival organisers.
WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT TOPS 'COOL' LIST
21st March 2002
Albums by the Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones and James Brown lead a list of the 50 "coolest records" featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
Compiled by the magazine's staff, the list is headed by 'White Light/White Heat,' the 1968 release from the Velvet Underground, the grim art-rock band beloved by critics if not by the record-buying masses. The album's highlight was the psychedelic opus 'Sister Ray' - "seventeen minutes of guitars screaming in ecstasy," Rolling Stone opined.
Second spot went to the U.S. version of the Rolling Stones' 'Aftermath,' the 1966 release that marked the first album written solely by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. "Blues-rock flower power, but all the flowers are painted black," the magazine said.
So-called 'Godfather of Soul' James Brown's 1968 release 'Live At The Apollo' came in third thanks to "the most explosive cold-sweat funk grooves ever recorded."
Other entries included the Beatles' 'Revolver' at No. 10, DAVID BOWIE'S 'Station To Station' at No. 21, Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall' at No. 31, Merle Haggard's 'Songs I'll Always Sing' at No. 42 and Madonna's 'You Can Dance' remix album at No. 50.
BAAL SCREENING AT NFT TONIGHT
21st March 2002
Reminder: As mentioned last month... tonight is the first or two screenings at The National Film Theatre in London's South Bank of 'DAVID BOWIE: IN BAAL'. Shown as part of a retrospective of films by ALAN CLARK, first screening Thursday 21st March at 6:15pm in NFT1 and on Wednesday 27th March at 8:40pm NFT2.
Ever since his days directing theatre in the 60s, Alan Clarke had been obsessed by Brecht, and here committed to video a version of the great man's earliest play, the tale of an unkempt, carousing poet who crashes into Bavarian high society, leaving chaos in his wake. David Bowie is suitably debauched as the eponymous anti-hero, and lends his vocals to several inimitable BB ballads. Working from a scenario devised by the eminent Brecht scholar John Willett, Clarke's adaptation is bleak and bawdy by turns.
BBC tx 2.3.82. With Jonathan Kent, Zoe Wanamaker. 62 mins.
Plus British Desk, a documentary on South African intelligence in Britain. Central tx 8.5.84. c52 mins.
For further information please click here.
NFT Box Office: 020 7928 3232.
LESS BRITISH AND MORE BUFF
20th March 2002
DAVID BOWIE made an appearance at the opening of the Julian Schnabel show last week at the Larry Gagosian gallery in New York. Speaking to celebrity researcher Baird Jones he said...
"I made one British movie musical in 1986, 'Absolute Beginners.' However, in the transatlantic version, although they did not touch my singing voice, they dubbed my speaking voice. In the American version my speaking voice is changed with an American accent, and it is much lower and, I suppose, more forceful." - David Bowie on how he was made to sound like a young American in his last attempt at a movie musical.
The exhibition 'Big Girl Paintings' opened on Thursday March 14th. You can see some of the 13 pieces exhibited by visiting artnet.com
From Steph via Salon.com.
Update: Baird Jones asked David if his voice had been dubbed for the US version. David's actual reply was: "It was possible as no one in US could understand any of the dialogue at all apparently, though I wouldn't know for sure as I had never seen the US version."
(Ed. Now that's what I call "padding out" copy... Less British and more bluff more like).
BBC6 DIGITAL BROADCASTING BOWIE
18th March 2002
Update: If you're quick you can still listen to... China Girl, Stay, White Light White Heat, Life On Mars? and Rebel Rebel.
Just to let you know that the BBC6 digital radio station in the UK is broadcasting DAVID BOWIE'S at his Milton Keynes Bowl concert from August 1990 tonight at 10 pm.
See here for details bbc.co.uk
DREAM TICKET - Monday 18th March
Defining live performances from Happy Mondays, Third World, The Stranglers, The Four of Us, Joan Armatrading, Roger McGuinn and topping the bill, David Bowie recorded at the Milton Keynes Bowl in August 1990.
From David Seeley.
AND HE SANG ALL NIGHT LONG
15th March 2002
Do you live in Los Angeles? Fancy an evening of nothing but DAVID BOWIE sounds? Well U7 present 'Sound and Vision' - all David Bowie music all night with your hosts the Bewley Bros (aka DJ Gann and DJ Kracked Actor from Sinema Actress) on Friday, April 5th at Zen Restaurant (upstairs).
Location: 2609 Hyperion Avenue (2 blocks south of Griffith Park Blvd and the Trader Joe's) in Silver Lake. $5 before 11:00 pm / $8 after / 21 and over. Club information phone # to be announced.
Visit soundandvision.u7productions.com for more info. If all goes well this will become a monthly event.
From Tony @ Sound and Vision.
OFFICIAL MONTREUX FESTIVAL WEBSITE
14th March 2002
The official website of the MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL is here at www.montreuxjazz.com. The 36th edition will take place from 5th to 20th July 2002 and the program will be available at the end of April 2002.
In the meantime, the official poster and official t-shirt, designed by British artist Richard James North are available to view and purchase at the official website. There's also some excellent free downloadable goodies... screensavers, prints and wallpaper.
The last official press release at the press conference at the MIDEM, Claude Nobs revealed that he was negotiating with the following artists to appear: Gal Costa et Dori Caymmi, Michael Bolton, Directions in Music: Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Bryan Ferry, Joao Gilberto, Buddy Guy, Jamiroquai, B.B. King, John Schofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland, Al Foster, Paul Simon, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams and David Bowie.
(Ed. If you are planning on going to Montreux there's some great visitors information here to read through).
MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL DB CONFIRMS
14th March 2002
DAVID BOWIE has confirmed he is to perform at this year's MONTREUX FESTIVAL in Switzerland. He has posted up on the message boards at BowieNet...
"Many shows are using my name at the moment. It usually means that they have been offered to me. I have not accepted any ... yet, ONLY the Meltdown and the Montreux Festivals (actual days to be sorted). As my schedule comes into focus for the summer, I will no doubt accept some more shows. When I have accepted any and they have been absolutely confirmed, then, and only then, will they be posted on our news page at BowieNet. Promoters ALWAYS jump the gun. It is a gamblers profession.v - David Bowie
On another posting concerning the Dresden festival David Bowie states: "I'm sorry but I have absolutely nothing to do with this event."
The ONLY confirmed performances for 2002 so far are:
Meltdown Festival (London) 12th June-30th June.
Montreux Jazz Festival (at the MIDEM) 5th July-20th July.
Roseland Ballroom (BowieNet members only).
PERFORMANCE PAGES REVAMPED
14th March 2002
The DAVID BOWIE concert and performance pages on BowieWonderworld have had a bit of an early spring clean. I'm only part way through revamping the whole of this area, with reviews and memorabilia.
Starting with the early performances (1958-1969) there are several new dates added, some gaps filled in, reviews added, along with some nice new photographs.
If you see a link - click it - you never know what might pop up. I've got hundreds of reviews and pieces of tour memorabilia still to be added. I'm going through my collection slowly but surely.
As always, if you've got proof of any missing dates or any ammendments please send them in.
AND THE CATALANO ON THE WALL...
14th March 2002
Artist and sculptor MARTINO CATALANO has produced three new pieces depicting characters of DAVID BOWIE. These wall-mounted sculptured busts are limited at present to ten of each character - Ziggy Stardust #1, Aladdin Sane and Pierrot #1.
Click here to view along with full information and details.
GAIL ANN BECOMES ECLECTIC
13th March 2002
Yesterday live on KCRW ONLINE (KCRW 89.9 FM) - was special guest GAIL ANN DORSEY. Post playing bass and singing on tour with David Bowie, Gail Anne Dorsey, who has also performed with Traffic, Gang of 4, and The The will be performing original material for Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 11 o'clock hour.
If you missed it you can now listen in to yesterday's programme featuring Gail Ann here.
BOWIE LIVE IN GERMANY?
13th March 2002
Update: Warning Please don't purchase ANY tickets until OFFICIAL confirmation.
Concerning the Dresden Festival DAVID BOWIE has posted on BowieNet message boards stating: "I'm sorry but I have absolutely nothing to do with this event."
The concert promoters Mawi Concerts in Leipzig, Germany are WRONGLY claiming there will be a total of three DAVID BOWIE performances in Germany. One on the 12th July in Dresden (open air), one in Berlin and the final one "possibly" in Dortmund.
Again these gigs are NOT OFFICIALLY confirmed yet.
Please don't buy any tickets until official confirmation via BowieNet - even if it has David's name on the ticket IT DOESN'T MEAN it's officially confirmed!
BOWIE LIVE IN DRESDEN - JULY 12th?
12th March 2002
DB IS NOT PERFORMING AT DRESDEN... How's your German? I can't work all of this out properly but I've had several emails last night and today from people in Germany and Austria, who've already bought their tickets online.
Apparently tickets are available online for DAVID BOWIE live in Dresden, Germany on JULY 12th 2002 - as far as I can make out... last year it was a film and concert festival do.
I haven't heard or seen any OFFICIAL confirmation as yet.
(Ed. If David IS playing Dresden, and they are selling tickets online already, maybe they'll be some official confimation about this gig soon. Personally I wouldn't purchase tickets until OFFICIALLY confirmed. Don't blame me if it's just a film showing of 'Just A Gigolo' I mean 'Schöner Gigolo, Armer Gigolo')
GAIL ANN DORSEY LIVE ONLINE
12th March 2002
Either turn that that dial or click on that link and listen in to KCRW ONLINE (KCRW 89.9 FM) - today's guest on 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' is GAIL ANN DORSEY. Post playing bass and singing on tour with David Bowie, Gail Anne Dorsey, who has also performed with Traffic, Gang of 4, and The The will be performing original material for Morning Becomes Eclectic in the 11 o'clock hour.
You can now listen in to yesterday's programme featuring Gail Ann here.
You can listen in to yesterday's programme featuring guest DAVID TORN which has been archived on the site. Widely recognised as the second most sampled man after James Brown, David Torn (aka SPLaTTeRCeLL) will roll out some semi-improvisational electronic jazz for Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15 am. Aired yesterday Monday, March 11, 2002. Click here to listen to the archived show.
Tune into KCRW online... Thanks to Kiarrith for the pointer.
TRIBUTE ACT CELEBRATE ZIGGY'S THREE 'O'
12th March 2002
David Brighton from 'Space Oddity' - the Los Angeles based DAVID BOWIE tribute act are performing a series of 30 year anniversary Ziggy Stardust concerts in the coming months in the USA.
You can read up what's happening on their web site at www.DavidBowieTribute.com in the 'What's New' section, along with a special page just about the special anniversary concerts.
Web site: www.DavidBowieTribute.com - E-mail: BowieLive@aol.com
PULP VIDEO SHOWN ON UK TV
10th March 2002
As mentioned last month (14th Feb) PULP'S new promotional video for their next single release 'Bad Cover Version' was broadcast yesterday on CD UK UK TV programme. If you missed it, as I did, the programme is repeated late night on Thursday at 1:00am.
The promo video shows an array of look-a-like rock stars singing along to the track in a spoof of the Band Aid charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. The look-a-likes include DAVID BOWIE, Kurt Cobain, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher, George Michael, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Missy Elliot, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Kylie, Bjork, Gary Numan and even a bad Jarvis Cocker.
Bowie sings his part with Kylie... "She's trying to replace me, but it'll never work" and then duets with George Michael.
The hilarious video was directed by lead singer Jarvis Cocker, which starts off with a tongue-in-cheek intro to the video claiming: 'On January 23rd 2002, the cream of the world's music talent gathered together in a West London studio to pay tribute to one of the most original and inventive bands of our time.'
The single is released by Island Records on 25th March. Update: Now scheduled for release on 15th April.
BOWIE ADORNS RECORDING MUSICIEN
9th March 2002
Currently on the shelves at all good newsagents in France is this months issue #9 of RECORDING MUSICIEN featuring DAVID BOWIE on the front cover.
This edition about home studios contains a special feature all about David Bowie with information and details on every kind of studio he has used during his career... Hansa, Herouville and so on. There are loads of photographs that adorn this massive ten-page special.
You can purchase it online here and if you're French isn't so hot try the translated version.
THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE
9th March 2002
EMM GRYNER is the next BowieNet special chat guest lined up for Wednesday 13th March @ 6:00pm EST (that's 11:00pm GMT). Emm has a gig tonight in Los Angeles, CA at Largo opening for Glen Phillips (ex-Toad The Wet Sprocket) Fairfax Avenue. Several gigs lined up for March and April - see the monthly planners or visit emmgryner.com for more details...
SAMUEL BAYER who directed the promo videos for DAVID BOWIE'S 'Strangers When We Meet' and 'The Hearts Filthy Lesson' gets his directional full movie debut with a remake of Sam Peckinpah's 'Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia'. The movie revolves around a wealthy Mexican man's bounty he places on the head of a man who seduced his daughter. Actor Benicio Del Toro plays Benny, one of the men out to claim the reward. The screenplay for the remake is scripted by Harvard English professor Mateo Silva, who earned the attention of MGM executives based on a writing sample...
I AM A DJ, I AM WHAT I PLAY
9th March 2002
Reminder: If you are able to tune into PlayUK - today's the day of the new TV show For Your Ears Only showing on Play UK. Scott Mills presents the new show, exclusive to Play, in which a celebrity guest makes a compilation tape for someone they care about and is asked to think about what tracks they would include and why. This week, Radio One DJ Emma B compiles a tape for rock legend DAVID BOWIE, including tracks by Madonna, Pulp, Beverley Knight and Placebo. Starting: 19:30 today - duration: 30 minutes.
SPECIAL BOWIE COMBO PACKS AVAILABLE
9th March 2002
The official DAVID BOWIE.COM Store are currently offering special bundle deals and also the brand new 'Exclusive DavidBowie.com Special Edition T-shirt and Baby Doll' designed by Rex Ray.
In their 'Specials' section you can get special combo pack deals with the 'Ziggy 2002 Pack', The 'Best of' Pack', 'Vintage Album Art T' Pack and 'The Complete Songbook Combo Pack' for a mere $63.95 (which saves you nearly $17).
Click on the BowieNet Official Store logo to check 'em out.
BOWIE TIBET STAGE TRANSCRIPTION
8th March 2002
So exactly what did DAVID BOWIE say live on stage at the Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall last month? You can read the stage transcription here.
"Did you like the track then Paul?"...
"Erm, does the Pope pray?"
It's difficult to describe 'I Will Be Your Slave' - to me it doesn't really sound like anything David has done before. During the first few plays the opening vaguely reminded me of 'The Motel' from Outside. A cello and violins gently sweep throughout back and forth laying down the foundations, and it slowly changes into something completely new and different.
David sings quite beautifully over a "march like" soft drumming from Sterling Campbell, which is interspersed with some wonderful fill-ins that take you everywhere inbetween verses. It is haunting, melodic and has a lovely "feel" to it.
You might think I'm being biased, but if this is a taste of the new album I can't wait to hear the studio stuff. This really is a quite, quite beautiful piece of work.
As for 'Space Oddity' - all I'll say is this... it is without doubt THE best ever orchestral piece of work ever done on this classic song. Five words... 'Visconti - you are a genius.'
BTW - There are also a couple of new backstage photos from the event up in the photo gallery.
Now we now the names of the The Scorchio Quartet line-up... I've just done a quick surf - you might be interested in checking out Meg Okura's website.
SCUMFROG vs DAVID BOWIE 12" PROMO
8th March 2002
PROMO UPDATE: for collectors... DAVID BOWIE is sampled on a new club track by New York producer THE SCUMFROG. 'Loving The Alien' will be released through Positiva on April 29th.
The white label promotional 12" (catalogue number 12tivdj172) is out now on Positivia Records 'Scumfrog vs Bowie' - Loving The Alien (Original Club Mix / 8 Days, 7 Hours).
It is expected to be a hit at this year's Miami Winter Music Conference. Loving The Alien is the follow-up to The Scumfrog's 2001 Ibiza hit 'We Love You', which used samples from the Rolling Stones. The Scumfrog is signed to Roger Sanchez's R*Senal Records. More information about the DJ is available from www.thescumfrog.com.
You can listen to the track here on mp3 - Loving The Alien - The Scumfrog vs. David Bowie.
FRENCH BOWIE CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND
8th March 2002
As mentioned last month (11th Feb) tomorrow 9th March sees the first French DAVID BOWIE fan convention to be held at 12 bis, rue Froment, Paris 75011 from 8:00 pm until midnight.
Price: 5 Euros. Please register quickly because the venue holds between 80 and 100 people
Click here for full details and Info page which will be updated weekly.
Two tribute bands are booked to perform: The Supermen (guitars, bass, drums, piano, sax) and SuperCreeps (guitars, bass, drums) and other guests.
Any further information or questions please email Chris (webmaster) @ manofmusic.com.
(Ed. Good luck Chris - hope everything goes great - have fun everyone!).
BOWIE TO PLAY ROSELAND 2002
7th March 2002
DAVID BOWIE has added his new "Welcome Message" over on BowieNet...
"...here's to Roseland and Meltdown this year, to name but two of, hopefully, many."
CHOCOLATE GENIUS TIBET HOUSE SHOW REVIEW
7th March 2002
For those of you who asked for more information about MARC ANTHONY THOMPSON who performed 'Soul Love' at the recent Tibet US Benefit Gig...
Once again, CHOCOLATE GENIUS has made a whole slew of new fans. This time, Marc and the band "wowed" the audience at Carnegie Hall as part of this week's Tibet House show.
NME reported: "Although Davies appearance tended to steal the night, there were a number of other class performances. Ben Harper considers that a Tibet House gig was his breakthrough appearance and this year saw a breathtaking performance from the relatively unknown vocalist Mark Anthony, who has been described in the US press as Chocolate Genius. A barefoot Mark kicked the evening off with a gorgeous version of Bowie's Soul Love and a hauntingly beautiful song entitled My Mom. The Brazilian star Bebel Gilberto then sang August Day Song and Samba E Amour, before being joined onstage by Davies."
Check out the official Chocolate Genius website.
BOWIE ON THE BOX
6th March 2002
Several DAVID BOWIE broadcasting delights are available today for your viewing pleasure on your TV set. First up in the UK on Sky Premier 2 is Everybody Loves Sunshine (aka BUSTED) at 03:05 GMT featuring David as gangster 'Bernie'.
In the USA on the Trio Channel you can catch David Bowie: Serious Moonlight at 9:00am and then watch it all over again at 3:00pm ET. Advertising guru Vendice Partners in Absolute Beginners is broadcast on the Starz! Family channel also in the USA at 4:10am ET
And last but not least, see the Stella Street version of DB on the PlayUK channel in the UK at 9:00pm GMT.
SPOOKY GHOST GIGS THIS MONTH
6th March 2002
GERRY LEONARD aka 'Spooky Ghost' who features on DAVID BOWIE'S next studio album to be released around June, as well as 'Toy', plays two gigs this month at The Living Room in NYC.
The first gig at The Living Room is 22nd March at 8:00pm till 10:00pm. Pamela Sue Mann will play an opening set from 8:00 till 8:30pm and the Ghost will take the stage about 8:45 pm joined by Paul Bryan (bass) and Doug Yowell (drums). The second gig is on the 29th March at 9.00pm till 10:00pm.
The new Spooky Ghost record is finished, mastered and in the works. He will try to have some 'advance copies' available at both shows.
The Living Room NYC, corner of Stanton and Allen. Tel: 212 533 7235.
Check out the official Spooky Ghost web site @ www.spookyghost.com and get your free Spooky Ghost mp3 files here.
MOULIN ROUGE PROMO SOUNDTRACK
5th March 2002
The promotional CD for the Baz Luhrman epic MOULIN ROUGE soundtrack by Golden Globe winner Craig Armstrong's award winning score which is unavailable on any other Moulin Rouge soundtrack features the following tracks:
Satine's Theme / Nature Boy / The Duke's Plan / One Day I'll Fly Away / Your Song (String Version) / El Tango De Roxanne (Extended Version) / Satine and Christian's Theme / Your Song / A Fool To Believe / Come What May / Death Scene / Nature Boy (Instrumental) / Satine's Theme #2.
The tracklisting for Moulin Rouge Part 2 which is available in shops soon features...
01. Your Song - Instrumental (from the 'Rehearsal Montage' scene.
02. Sparkling Diamonds - Original Film Version (performed by Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Caroline O'Connor, Natalie Mendoza and Lara Mulcahy).
03. One Day I'll Fly Away - Tony Phillips Remix (performed by Nicole Kidman).
04. The Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular) - Original Film Version (performed by Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, Jacek Koman, John Leguizamo, Garry MacDonald, Richard Roxburgh and Matthew Whittet).
05. Come What May - Original Film Version (performed by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor).
06. Like A Virgin - Original Film Version (performed by Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and Anthony Weigh).
07. Meet Me In The Red Room - Original Film Version (performed by Amiel).
08. Your Song - Instrumental (from the 'After The Storm' scene).
09. The Show Must Go On - Original Film Version (performed by Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent and Anthony Weigh).
10. Ascension/Nature Boy (from the 'Death and Ascension' scene).
11. Closing Credits: Bolero Original Film Version.
JOINING BOWIENET WITHOUT A CREDIT CARD
4th March 2002
For those of you who enquired about joining BowieNet and don't hold a credit card - there is an alternative way to sign up...
People outside of the USA and Canada can pay by cheque provided the cheque is paid in US dollars. You can check with your local bank on how to make this arrangement.
You also have to send BowieNet all your information together with a username and password. BowieNet will create the account for you. Once they receive the cheque, your account will be activated.
Post to: davidbowie.com / Villageworld.com
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Inform them Paul Kinder (firstname.lastname@example.org) told you about signing up this way.
CONCERT REVIEW: TIBET FREEDOM BENEFIT
2nd March 2002
CONCERT REVIEW - Tibet House Freedom Benefit, New York 02/22/2002
By Alec Downie
In a emphatic statement that Manhattan is back to normal and prepared to give back to the world, Ray Davies, DAVID BOWIE, Patti Smith, and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch shared a New York stage on February 22 for the 14th annual Tibet House Freedom gig. The lineup at Carnegie Hall also included Brazilian star Bebel Gilberto, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, rising star Mark Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius), the Drepung Monastery Monks, and the Kronos Quartet.
The concert was organised by composer Philip Glass, who, speaking about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, stated, "I once looked at the Berlin Wall and could not imagine that it would ever fall. Tibetan Culture teaches that nothing is permanent, and I imagine the Chinese will find the world will be an entirely different place in 25 years."
The enigmatic Davies, a surprise last-minute guest, performed "Celluloid Heroes" and a Carnegie-kicking "All Day And All Of The Night" - which left Glass, who had bravely volunteered to follow the Kinks frontman, waiting a full five minutes for the applause to die down.
Bowie later emerged onstage sporting a Station To Station haircut and offered a sensitive new ballad titled "I Would Be Your Slave" before - in the true vision, style, and audacity that only Bowie possesses - he delivered a stunning interpretation of "Space Oddity," complete with Glass on piano, Yauch on bass, and an octet of strings that included Martha Mooke and the Kronos Quartet. To top it off, all this was expertly conducted and arranged by Tony Visconti.
The Tibet House benefit has long been a launch pad for relatively unknown artists, and this evening was no exception, as Chocolate Genius began the show with a breathtaking acoustic version of Bowie's "Soul Love." Gilberto then performed two songs before being joined onstage by Davies, who accompanied her on his own "No Return."
Yauch, a longtime vocal supporter of the Tibetan cause, showed a social awareness and intelligence not associated with the Beastie Boys until they began organising their own high-profile Tibet benefit shows later in their career, lambasting America's "gung-ho and gun-toting" foreign policy before performing a solo "Promised Land" and an instrumental piece called "Sun Mandala" with Glass and Khechog.
As has become tradition since Allen Ginsberg's death, final act Patti Smith recited Ginsberg's poem On Cremation before launching into rocking renditions of "Boy Cried Wolf" and "Gloria." Then another Tibet House benefit tradition took place for the show's finale, as the full cast came onstage for a group-singalong version of Smith's "People Got The Power."
Speaking exclusively backstage, Smith said she believes the world can learn from Tibet's nonviolent struggle for freedom: "I hope that people will use a night like this and think again of some of the most beautiful aspects of the Buddhist traditions of compassion and nonviolence, and use one's full intellect and think things through."
From Alec Downie @ Launch.
DIRECT FROM BOWIE'S OWN VAULT
1st March 2002
BOWIENET are auctioning exclusive DAVID BOWIE items online - Find Bowie items on eBay - these items are part of a series of exclusive BowieNet auctions featuring clothing and other memorabilia directly from David's vaults and archives. Many rare and one-of-a-kind items will be made available. A portion of all BowieNet auction proceeds will be donated to Save the Children.
The latest items currently up for grabs are:
David Bowie Signed 'Survive' 7" Picture Disc - UK 7" picture disc, Cat no.9648676. Side A: Survive (Marius de Vries Mix) 4:18, Side B: 'Seven' (Live in Paris, Oct 14, 1999) 4:17. Item # 1519111680.
David Bowie OUTSIDE Tour All Area Access Pass - Laminated pass originally issued on the OUTSIDE Tour. Excellent, as new condition. Item # 1520001626.
David Bowie EARTHLING Tour All Access Pass - Laminated pass originally issued on the 1997 EARTHLING Tour. Excellent, as new condition. Item # 1520003139.
(Ed. At least now if you purchase a signed David Bowie item that has originated from BowieNet you know you've got a 100% guaranteed GENUINE David Bowie autograph and not one of many numerous fake ones that appear on eBay all the time).
I AM A DJ, I AM WHAT I PLAY
1st March 2002
Coming up this month - a new TV show For Your Ears Only showing on Play UK. Scott Mills presents the new show, exclusive to Play, in which a celebrity guest makes a compilation tape for someone they care about and is asked to think about what tracks they would include and why. This week, Radio One DJ Emma B compiles a tape for rock legend DAVID BOWIE, including tracks by Madonna, Pulp, Beverley Knight and Placebo.
Starting: 19:30 on Saturday 9th March. Duration: 30 minutes.
PlayUK are also showing reruns of Stella Street at 21:00 GMT starting on 4th March. The episodes on 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd March also feature 'David Bowie' sketches.
Other Bowie UK television highlights for this month include:
Mr. Rice's Secret on Sky Premier 3, 09:00 and 17:00 on Monday 4th March.
Everybody Loves Sunshine on Sky Premier 2, 03:05 on Wednesday 6th March.
The Last Temptation of Christ on The Studio, 22:45 on Monday 11th March.
Check the monthly planner for other tv listings, movies, archives and various releases.
DAVID BOWIE LIVE 2002
1st March 2002
Radio DJ DAVE FANNING announced on Wednesday evening on his radio rock show 2FM that DAVID BOWIE will be performing at Marley Park in Dublin, Ireland in June.
Updates: DB says he HASN'T as yet signed/confirmed for this show.
EXCLUSIVE BOWIE PHOTO PACKS FOR SALE
1st March 2002
Update: The Beckenham Arts Lab Exclusive Photo Pack is still available but the online purchase option for the pack "might" only be available for a limited period. So if you want to buy via the internet please be quick.
This is your opportunity to purchase 10 exclusive and 'never before seen' full colour photographs taken inside The Beckenham Arts Lab by performer Stephen Roberts back in 1969. Featuring DAVID BOWIE and Tony Visconti, along with other original Arts Lab performers.
This special pack also includes 16 pages of EXCLUSIVELY written contributions from: David Bowie, Mary Finnigan, Stephen Roberts, Ken 'Wild Man' Simmons, Mark Carr Pritchett, David Bebbington and others. Plus a background history including articles and information published over the years.
When David received his own set recently he commented: "I love these photos and I'm happy that we all did such a cool thing with that Folk/Arts venture."
A contribution from each set sold will go directly to the Chernobyl Childrens Life Line Charity, to add to the money already raised on the David Bowie tribute evening on 6th December 2001.
The photographs are printed directly from the original negatives and are not digital re-prints. These and the written contributions are supplied unmounted. The photographs all measure 6" x 9", with frames 11 and 14 being cropped enlargements, along with sixteen A4 pages of exclusive written literature.
100% secure purchases are available online, simply type in the number of packs required and fill in the secure online form. Alternatively you can order by post.
Customer Orders and Enquiries: 01326 569444. Fax: 01326 569555.
Email: email@example.com for any enquiries.
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