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29th April 2011

Last night DAVID BOWIE and IMAN were present at the DKMS fifth annual 'Linked Against Leukaemia' gala at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York City.

During the star-studded event, Katharina Harf, COO of DKMS Americas and host of the event presented the 'DKMS Linked Against Leukemia Award' to global pop star RIHANNA for her tireless work with the organisation to register bone marrow donors and help save lives. Michael Clinton was also honoured.

Also in attendance were: Rihanna, Leighton Meester, Eva Mendes, Vera Wang, Pharrell Williams, Solange Knowles, Cindy Lauper, Mary J. Blige, Padma Lakshmi, Sasha Knezevic, Keri Hilston, Derek Lam, Hana Soukupova. Carmindy, Anja Rubik and many others.

The Gala broke all records of previous years and raised $2.5M to support the fight against leukemia and other blood related cancers. The money raised jointly by Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, and DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor centre, will help register over 30,000 new bone marrow donors and help patients worldwide. Over the past 20 years, DKMS has registered 2.7 million donors and has facilitated more than 25,000 life saving transplants around the world.

You can read more and check out some photographs on the links below:

I'm Not Obsessed! / Getty Images / Rex Features / Zimbio #1 / Zimbio #2 / Concrete Loop / Essence.com

Daily Mirror: David Bowie and Iman met Rihanna at charity bash - [Read here]
The Sun: Hot Rihanna takes a Bowie - [Read here]
That Grape Juice: Hot Shots DKMS Gala - [Read here]
Rap-Up: 5th Annual DKMS Gala - [Read here]

25th April 2011

David Bowie pizza DAVID BOWIE made a rather unusual appearance at the 2011 COACHELLA FESTIVAL in California.

Each and every year there are usual rumours that he will be appearing, but this year he was there albeit in a different guise.

At the NY Pizza stall you had five choices - for $6 or $7 it was either a slice of cheese, pepperoni, Go West Ma Pesto, Greek or David Bowie.

Several people emailed in with this earth-shattering news! When I asked some of them what it tasted like, their replies ranged from "absolutely awesome"... "ridiculously nice"... "it was outta sight"... "like stardust in my mouth"... and "yeah not bad"...

And still on the topic of David Bowie related food - in the UK one of the current advertisement blurbs for OASIS drinks is 'Wham Bam thank you Ham'. Oasis. It'll go with anything'.

The blurb (one of several) is featured on their advertisement billboards and is printed on the bottle cap lid.

D&I HAPPY 19th ANNIVERSARY!David and Iman
24th April 2011

Wishing a very Happy 19th Wedding Anniversary to DAVID and IMAN, who married during a civil ceremony in Switzerland, at the Lausanne Registry Office this very day nineteen years ago on 24th April 1992.

Then later they held their wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy on the 6th June 1992.

The contemporary or modern wedding gift for the 19th anniversary is bronze.

24th April 2011

Happy Birthday to legendary producer TONY VISCONTI...

Next Saturday DAVID BOWIE tribute band ULTIMATE BOWIE are to perfrm at The Diamond, in Sutton in Ashfield, England - more details...

Also next Saturday Dutch DAVID BOWIE tribute band ECHO BOWIE perform two gigs on the same day. Firstly at Le Vagabond, Rotterdam, Holland at 15.00 hrs, followed by a performance at De Bel, Rotterdam, Holland at 19.30 hrs...

21st April 2011

Fresh from his stint with the JD Set in Glasgow IAN McCULLOCH has admitted that he would love to collaborate with DAVID BOWIE. Ian told DigitalSpy: "I'd love to do one last great David Bowie song. I'd love me and him to do something. I've got songs that I'd love him to sing - it was him and Leonard Cohen. "I just think Bowie was so influential and the greatest solo artist of the 20th Century. In any walk of art. It seems like he's waiting [to release new music]. Maybe his life's just changed." - you can read the whole thing here...

The final price realised for the DAVID BOWIE donated gift of 35 signed back catalogue CDs to the EMIfamily4Japan to raise funds towards the Japanese earthquake relief was an incredible £6,201 (that's approximately US $10,173.98) with 64 people bidding...

Starman author PAUL TRYNKA has chosen his top ten DAVID BOWIE rarities over on the GQ website. Go read it, view the pictures and see if you agree with him - [read here]...

19th April 2011

In just three weeks, the largest-ever roster of designers and celebrities will come together for Housing Works' spectacular interior design shopping benefit, DESIGN ON A DIME at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, New York.

All five of this year's co-chairs, IMAN, Nate Berkus, James Huniford, Charlotte Moss, and Lara Spencer, will attend to raise funds for Housing Works. Housing Works is a non-profit with a mission to end AIDS and homelessness.

Design on a Dime on May 5th features fifty-four of the world's top interior designers. Each designer will create a room vignette using new, donated merchandise, which is then sold for 50% to 70% off retail pricing.

Event sponsors include HomeGoods, Valspar Paint and returning media sponsor Traditional Home. HSBC Private Bank will present an Open House preview hour on opening night from 6pm to 7pm. (Ticket prices start at $500).

"It was an easy decision to get involved with an event like Design on a Dime. The idea that decorating your house can build a home for someone else is just fantastic," said Iman, who is collaborating with Robert Verdi to create her dream boudoir featuring original artwork from DAVID BOWIE.

"The idea that decorating your house can build a home for someone else is just fantastic."

Nate Berkus echoed Iman's comments: "Many New Yorkers know Housing Works as a great thrift store. But, their mission is a serious one, providing care and community for those suffering with HIV/AIDS. I am honoured to join them for Design on a Dime, to raise funds and awareness for the good work they do."

Design on a Dime 2011 benefits Housing Works' Jefferson Avenue Residence Project, a new housing development consisting of 12 permanent units of supportive housing for single, formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS.

For tickets and more information please visit housingworks.org

From Look to the Stars

16th April 2011

Exactly thirty-seven years ago on this very day, the acetate for DAVID BOWIE's Diamond Dogs album was naming this day as the planned release date for the album.

It saw the light of day ten days later on the 24th April 1974.

The mega rare RCA Records master recording made at Sterling Sound Inc in New York is available for you collectors over on eBay.

Diamond Dogs acetate side one Side one of the white label acetate contains just three tracks:

     1. Diamond.
     2. Sweet Thing.
     3. Rebel.

Side two has the more familiar tracklisting:

Diamond Dogs acetate side two      1. Rock & Roll With Me.
     2. We Are The Dead.
     3. 1984.
     4. Big Brother.
     5. Chant of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family.

Bidding is currently at $99.99 with just the one bid, there are four days remaining but obviously the reserve price has not yet been met.

Keep an eye on this Diamond Dogs acetate and see if hits the reserve price.

16th April 2011

You maybe aware that actor WILLIAM SHATNER - most famously known as 'Captain James T. Kirk' of Star Trek fame and the fabulous '$#*! My Dad Says' sitcom - is about to release another album.

The covers album entitled 'Searching For Major Tom' unfortunately doesn't feature DAVID BOWIE performing a guest duet with William (wouldn't that be too cool?), but it does contain David's most iconic space song.

Mr. Shatner has covered 'Space Oddity' which features ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Alan Parsons on keyboards.

The full tracklisting along with guest performers runs as:

  01. Space Trucking (Deep Purple) - Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Johnny Winter (guitar).
  02. She Blinded Me With Science (Thomas Dolby) - Bootsy Collins (bass) and Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes) (keyboards/synth).
  03. In a Little While (U2) - Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel (guitar).
  04. Empty Glass (The Tea Party) - Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions) (guitar).
  05. Lost In The Stars (Frank Sinatra version) - Ernie Watts (saxophone).
  06. Twilight Zone (Golden Earring) - Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) (guitar).
  07. Space Cowboy (Steve Miller) - Brad Paisley (guitar and vocals).
  08. Rocket Man (Elton John) - Steve Hillage (ex-Gong member) (guitar).
  09. Space Oddity (David Bowie) - Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) (guitar) and Alan Parsons (keyboards).
  10. Spirit In The Sky (Norman Greenbaum) - Peter Frampton (guitar).
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) - John Wetton (Asia) (bass and vocals).
  12. Silver Machine (Hawkwind) - Wayne Kramer (MC5) (guitar) and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) (drums).
  13. Major Tom (Peter Shilling) - The Strokes' Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde (guitars) and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) (bass).
  14. Learning To Fly (Pink Floyd) - Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) (guitar and keyboards).
  15. Mr. Spaceman (The Byrds) - Dave Davies (The Kinks) (guitar).
  16. Iron Man (Black Sabbath) - Zakk Wylde (guitar and vocals).
  17. Planet Earth (Duran Duran) - Steve Howe (Yes) (guitar).
  18. Walking On The Moon (The Police) - Toots (Toots and The Maytals) (vocals).
  19. Mrs. Major Tom (female guest vocals TBA).

'Searching For Major Tom' is scheduled for release this year via Cleopatra Records.

15th April 2011

Update: As mentioned last week over seventy EMI artists and songwriters including DAVID BOWIE are participating in a huge celebrity auction to raise funds towards the Japanese earthquake relief. 100% of proceeds will benefit Red Cross Japan Relief.

Currently available is the Bowie signed back catalogue of 35 personally signed CDs by the man himself.

Update: The final price realised was an incredible £6,201.00 (approximately US $10,173.98) with 64 people who bid.

The Station To Station Deluxe Box realised a very impressive price of £160 with 13 bidders.

Check out the EMI Family 4 Japan store for the full list of items and opportunities available.

13th April 2011

Next month, the MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN is proud to present 'DAVID BOWIE, ARTIST', a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie's daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance.

David Bowie, Artist at the Museum of Arts and Design From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theatre, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theatre, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century.

Presented as a multiplatform retrospective - including cinema series and interactive kiosks - David Bowie, Artist will presents a layered and shifting body of work that has continually innovated practices throughout a multitude of cultural spheres.

Multimedia kisoks will be on display on the 6th floor education centre from May 9th - July 15th.
Cinema Programme will run select Thursdays and Fridays from June 3rd - 30th.
The Man Who Fell to Earth will be presented at the Film Forum from June 24th - July 7th.

All eight film screenings will be held in the Theater at MAD, at 2 Columbus Circle, except for a special two-week run of a new 35mm print of The Man Who Fell To Earth, which will screen at Film Forum, at 209 West Houston Street.

Address: 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, USA.

You can read the full David Bowie, Artist press release here.

More details and information can be found over at the madmuseum.org website.

12th April 2011

Vote for DAVID BOWIE in Gold Radio's online vote to find the 'Top 300 Greatest Hits of all Time'.

The UK's classic hits radio station will reveal 'Gold's Greatest Hits: The Top 300 Countdown' over the Easter weekend.

Please visit greatesthits.mygoldmusic.com and type in your top three favourite David Bowie songs.

Gold Radio in the UK plays classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s to over 1.5 million people across the country every week.

Just by voting you could win £1,000 and a Freesat+ box complete with free installation. Four runner ups will also win a Freesat+ box and Gold Radio will be awarding their Golden Moments CD album to random people throughout the voting period.

Voting closes at 23:59 on Friday 15th April 2011... so go get voting for Bowie really quickly!

11th April 2011

Taking place next week is the BOWIE2001 Sreening and Party at The Islington Mill Studios in Salford.

Bowie2001 is many things. It may even be what you are looking for. It's a compilation of brand new remixes of many DAVID BOWIE songs. It is also, a non-stop continuous mixpiece comprising those remixes and other Bowie moments. And yet it is a movie, Kubrick's 2001, a re-imagined re-edited version of 2001, synchronised to this mixpiece.

It was done by Manchester based producer Fritz von Runte who has worked with Freebass, New Order, Lily Allen and others.

There are limited edition CDs and DVDs, but everything's for free, watch the movie, download the mp3 and/or the mixpiece.

     Venue: The Islington Mill Studios.
     Address: James Street, Salford, Greater Manchester M3 5HW.
     Date: Thursday 21st April.
     Time: 8:00pm.

     Cost: £5 and £4 NUS.

More details and information can be found over at bowie2001.com

9th April 2011

Pinch of salt time?... THE SUN newspaper have reported today that MICK JAGGER and DAVID BOWIE are apparently chasing the country's finest comedy talent to star in a film they have been writing for the past fifteen years.

The script tells the tale of a couple of hellraising rock 'n' roll managers set in the mid-Sixties, based on people like Andrew Loog Oldham, who managed The Rolling Stones in their heyday.

According to The Sun, a source said: "Mick has had the script in the bag for years. He has gone back to it again recently and feels now is the time to get it out there.

"Mick has a few famous comedians in mind to star and is starting to sound them out.

"The script is full of stuff from back in the day, which Mick and the band witnessed first hand or heard about on their travels.

"He's well up for a cameo role, to show he's not the serious businessman a lot of people think he is all the time."

Allegedly, Mick is planning to release the film project under his own production company Jagged Films, which he set up in 1995.

You can read the article here via thesun.co.uk

(Ed. There have been several rumours over the years of Jagger and Bowie working on a film collaboration... 'Rocket Boys', 'Sugar' and one based on Shelley and Lord Byron).

Update: I did say take with a pinch of salt - the official word from db is it's 'piffle'.

5th April 2011

Over seventy EMI artists and songwriters including DAVID BOWIE are participating in a huge celebrity auction to raise funds towards the Japanese earthquake relief.

100% of proceeds will benefit Red Cross Japan Relief.

The auction to be done to two phases between April 5th-21st starts today on eBay.

Thirty-five David Bowie albums personally signed by the man himself are up for grabs during the second auction which takes place from April 11th until 21st.

Besides the Bowie signed back catalogue of 35 signed CDs, there is also a Station To Station Deluxe Box in the current auction.

Check out the EMI Family 4 Japan store for the full list of items and opportunities available.

4th April 2011

Check out 'Something special from 1974' featuring some wonderful offstage photographs of DAVID BOWIE, Duncan, Tony Visconti and entourage from 1974 in Philadelphia courtesy of GeoCentric on the BW MB - [View here]...

Anclophenia - British culture with an American accent - 'Why Duncan Jones never made a Bowie video' is a piece written by Fraser McAlpine over on the BBC America website - [Read here]...

As you know the The Man Who Fell To Earth is being released on Blu-ray as part of a retrospective of the director Nick Roeg's work at the BFI this month. The cult classic was David Bowie's first major film role and tells the story of an extraterrestrial being who travels to earth to save his own planet from drought. BBC 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker has been finding out more the film, how Bowie was cast and what he was like to work with... ignore the part where she states that some of David's proposed TMWFTE soundtrack ended up on the 'Low' and 'Station To Station' albums... it didn't. For the record the only thing used was reverse bass part from 'Subterraneans' on Low...

Check out the prices realised on the rare DAVID BOWIE vinyl that was up for grabs recently on eBay - [see below]...

4th April 2011

BowieNet have announced that DAVID BOWIE's 1975 hit single 'Golden Years' is to be released as an EP CD and digital download, 12" vinyl and a remix app in June.

Following on from the huge success of the Station To Station Deluxe Box comes The Golden Years David Bowie Vs KCRW EP which will be released via EMI on Monday 6th June.

The various format tracklistings are as follows:

     David Bowie vs KCRW Golden Years EP.

Golden Years Remix EP David Bowie vs. KCRW        CD and Digital Download
         1. Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster).
         2. Golden Years (Anthony Valadez KCRW Remix).
         3. Golden Years (Eric J. Lawrence KCRW Remix).
         4. Golden Years (Chris Douridas KCRW Remix).
         5. Golden Years (Jeremy Sole KCRW Remix).

       Side 1
         1. Golden Years (Single Version) (2002 Digital Remaster).
         2. Golden Years (Anthony Valadez KCRW Remix).
         3. Golden Years (Eric J. Lawrence KCRW Remix).

       Side 2
         1. Golden Years (Chris Douridas KCRW Remix).
         2. Golden Years (Jeremy Sole KCRW Remix).

To celebrate the release of the remastered 'Station To Station' album, four Los Angeles KCRW station DJs - Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J. Lawrence and Chris Douridas - each remixed the album's lead single 'Golden Years'.

You can pre-order NOW in anticipation of the release date.

So whilst we're waiting for the release... you can listen to each of the DJs remixes over at blogs.kcrw.com

The remix app is similar to the 'Space Oddity' iKlax app release back in August 2009. The GY app utilises eight 'stems' giving users the opportunity to access original multi-tracks, allowing them to remix, create and share their very own versions of 'Golden Years'.

The stems were specifically created by Station To Station's original producer, Harry Maslin and feature David's lead vocal, 12-string guitar, bass, drums, guitar, harmonium, percussion (including blocks, congas, claps) and backing vocals.

2nd April 2011

An exciting recording project is taking place in New York in the East Village featuring some past DAVID BOWIE band members.

Guitarists EARL SLICK and REEVES GABRELS, along with drummer STERLING CAMPBELL are all working together on a new album.

Earl's son Lee Madeloni is also on drums, Freddy Villano on bass guitar and Michael Houghton on vocals.

The band are hoping for a release date in the Spring time.

Photographs from the recording studio can be found over at michaelpolito.com

Thanks to horsebackbomber for the pointer.

1st April 2011

BBC FOUR are showing lots of programmes tonight dedicated to TOP OF THE POPS. Expect to see some DAVID BOWIE performances including 'Starman'. You can watch over on the BBC iPlayer, programmes are repeated throughout the night. Then BBC Four are to start broadcasting regular slots on Thursday evening at 7:30pm starting with shows from 1976. Unfortunately David didn't appear in 1976 apart from Ruby Flipper dancing to 'TVC 15' on 27th May. To see when db did appear on the show check out the TOTP appearances in the BW Special Features section. More details can be found over at bbc.co.uk...

DAVID BOWIE on Glee! JANE LYNCH star of USA show GLEE revealed to Access Hollywood that 'Sue Sylvester' will be dressed as David Bowie in an upcoming episode of the hit show - [Read and watch here]...

The JACK DANIEL'S 2011 music campaign 'The JD Set' moves to Glasgow on 20th April at the O2 ABC where SHARLENE SPITERI will head a line-up playing homage to DAVID BOWIE. The set also includes Kate Nash, Ian McCulloch and Ramona. Before each of the JD Set gigs, artists will take part in live studio rehearsal session, which together with the main event will be available to view online at thejdset.co.uk...

Reminder: Movie director NICOLAS ROEG will be appearing at the Borderlines Film Festival at The Courtyard Hereford, England on Tuesday 5th April at 18:30. Tickets for 'Nicolas Roeg in Conversation' are priced at £8 - [More details]...

New movie 'Source Code' directed by DUNCAN JONES which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan hits the cinemas today...

British comedians and DJs ADAM BUXTON and JOE CORNISH who appear on BBC 6 Music in the 'The Adam and Joe Show' radio show recall their greatest moments in broadcasting history. They have collated all their best bits together to share their DAVID BOWIE obsession. Watch below...

1st April 2011

The Man Who Fell To Earth Blu-ray DVD The eagerly anticipated release of The Man Who Fell To Earth on Blu-ray (Region 2 format) finally arrives next week on Monday 4th April after a couple of rescheduled dates via Optimum Home Entertainment.

     Format: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL, Widescreen
     Language English
     Region: Region 2
     Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1     Number of discs: 1
     Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
     DVD Release Date: 30th March 2011
     Run Time: 133 minutes

Synopsis: From director Nicolas Roeg, The Man Who Fell To Earth is a science-fiction cult classic starring DAVID BOWIE. Crash landing on Earth from his dying planet, an alien humanoid traveling by the name Thomas Jerome Newton uses his superior intelligence to build a vast business empire. As he takes on, and beats, every US corporation, people can only guess his true purpose: to save his dying world from agonizing death by drought. Newton's ageless fall from grace, as he becomes prey to lust, alcohol, business rivals and the US Government makes The Man Who Fell To Earth not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but also a poignant commentary on the loneliness of an outsider.

You can pre-order NOW and save a massive 35%.

1st April 2011

Updated: Prices realised and current bids...

For all you major DAVID BOWIE vinyl collectors out there, there are several rare 7" releases, demos and promo's up for grabs at present over on eBay.

You've Got A Habit Of Leaving UK demo white label You've Got A Habit Of Leaving UK Can't Help Thinking About Me Pye white label UK promo Space Oddity Philips stereo demo white label Memory of a Free Festival USA promo white label All The Madmen USA promo white label

You've Got A Habit Of Leaving 7" UK white label demo on the Parlophone R 5315 label.
18 bids, currently at £511, only 1 day left to go. SOLD FOR £775.88 (23 bids).

You've Got A Habit Of Leaving 7" UK on the Parlophone R 5315 label. EX+ condition.
16 bids, currently at £720 - 1 day left to go.

Can't Help Thinking About Me 7" Pye white label UK Promo, in VG+ condition.
8 bids, currently at £200 - 20 hours left to go. SOLD FOR £385 (14 bids).

Memory of a Free Festival 7" USA Promo White Label, Parts I and II, Mercury 73075.
9 bids, currently at £21, 19 hours left to go. SOLD FOR £35.78. (13 bids).

All The Madmen 7" USA white label Mercury Promo, DJ-311 Mono version.
3 bids, currently at £44.50 - 19 hours left to go. SOLD FOR £132. (11 bids).

Space Oddity 7" stereo demo Philips 1801 white label.
Also included in with this item are two Philips Records press releases. One 'News Spin' and a two-sided 'Profile' biography press release.
6 bids, currently at £102, 3 days left to go. SOLD FOR £535.00 (22 bids).

One of the sellers chillipsychosis has four of these early 7" demo singles for sale.


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