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iSELECT BOWIE CD 29th June 2008
You can read DAVID BOWIE's fascinating comments on each of the twelve tracks he's selected for the iSELECT CD give away free today in the MAIL ON SUNDAY newspaper.
Visit dailymail.co.uk to read 'I went to buy some shoes - and I came back with Life On Mars'.
BOWIE IN LIVE MAGAZINE 21st June 2008
Reminder: Don't forget to get hold of the MAIL ON SUNDAY tomorrow - inside their Live magazine there's a showcase of rare and exclusive photographs of DAVID BOWIE as a run-up to next Sunday's (29th June) free cover mounted Bowie CD.
In the meantime, check out the Mail On Sunday website for an online version at mailonsunday.co.uk along with some editorial by Dylan Jones.
Good news if you're based in Ireland - the Bowie CD WILL be included in the Irish Mail On Sunday next week and the feature will run inside the main paper this weekend - (from Chris on the BW MB).
MORE 'MOON' DETAILS 20th June 2008
Upcoming movie MOON the first major directed by DUNCAN JONES, the son of DAVID BOWIE and starring Sam Rockwell is scheduled for a release on 25th May 2009.
Quiet Earth have found the first poster and few more details of the plot have emerged.
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with Lunar. He's been a faithful employee for three long years. His home has been Selene, a moon base where he has spent his days alone, mining Helium 3. The precious gas holds the key to reversing the Earth's energy crisis.
Isolated, determined and steadfast, Sam has followed the rulebook obediently and his time on the moon has been enlightening, but uneventful. The solitude has given him time to reflect on the mistakes of his past and work on his raging temper. He does his job mechanically, and spends most of his available time dreaming of his imminent return to Earth, to his wife, young daughter and an early retirement.
But 2 weeks shy of his departure from Selene, Sam starts seeing things, hearing things and feeling strange. And when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar have their own plans for replacing him and the new recruit is eerily familiar.
Before he can return to Earth, Sam has to confront himself and the discovery that the life he has created, may not be his own. It's more than his contract that is set to expire.
In an interview with SCI FI Channel's SCI FI Wire, child star Freddie Highmore says that he recently laid down his last voice tracks for two upcoming sequels to French filmmaker Luc Besson's largely animated 2006 family film Arthur and The Invisibles. Based on Besson's own series of children's books, 'Arthur and The Vengeance of Maltazard' is slated to hit theaters in 2009, followed by 'Arthur and The Two Worlds War' possibly in 2010.
The live-action portions of the movies were shot more than a year ago, and time was of the essence as producers wanted to get Highmore's voice recording sessions completed before the 16-year-old actor's voice changed too much. Also returning to the voice cast for the second and third installments are DAVID BOWIE, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Jewel, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
Made for around $86 million, the first Arthur pic was the most expensive European animated feature at the time it came out. It grossed $113 million worldwide.
LIVE MAGAZINE and FREE iSELECT BOWIE CD 17th June 2008
This Sunday sees DAVID BOWIE featured in the MAIL ON SUNDAY Live magazine. Inside you'll find a showcase of rare and exclusive pictures from David Bowie's personal archive, as a taster before the Mail On Sunday gives away iSelect, a cover mounted free CD containing David's own choice of his all-time favourite hits on 29th June.
Including rarities, classics and spanning decades of hits, iSelect comprises tracks that Bowie describes as, 'Twelve songs that I particularly like. Few of them are well known, but many of them still get sung at my concerts... usually by me!'
For the full story, read Live magazine this coming weekend.
The Diamond Dogs USA tribute band based in Boston, USA are now called SERIOUS MOONLIGHT - The Sound of Bowie.
Check out their MySpace pages for their next show featuring a new cast and some nice digital LED lights.
BOWIE'S ON SALE AGAIN! 11th June 2008
Long-time DAVID BOWIE UK fan GOUSTER has taken the painful decision to part with a large part of his Bowie collection which he has starting listing on eBay.co.uk.
Although he's not fully decided which items to let go, he expects it to be the majority of items which he has collected over the past 36 years.
Obviously, it's a vast collection which includes numerous rarities from pre-RCA years, foreign releases, promos, posters, photos, magazines etc.
Initially, he will list vinyl starting with LPs and 12" singles - the majority of these will probably be his back-up copies which means that they have never been played and will be in mint condition.
Unfortunately, he doesn't have any lists etc because he simply has too much stuff. However, if people have any specific wants they can also contact him via e-mail address @ and you may be able to work something out. Because, of other commitments he will only be able to list so many items on eBay each day, therefore it is likely to go on for some time.
Head on over to eBay.co.uk and do an advanced search for items for sale by gouster where there are around 100 items so far.
BBC SIGNS ARCHIVE FOOTAGE DEAL WITH EMI 10th June 2008
THE TIMES have reported today that the BBC have signed an archive footage deal with EMI...
The BBC will make available to EMI all its television and radio archives of the record company’s acts in a five-year agreement under which the two will also collaborate on television productions.
Highlights of the BBC archive include behind-the-scenes footage of DAVID BOWIE's 1974 Diamond Dogs tour , which will be released for sale in CD, DVD and downloadable formats. A BBC Omnibus documentary crew filmed the tour in a period when the singer was using cocaine. The result was the film Cracked Actor.
EMI paid an unspecified advance for access to the BBC catalogue. EMI, which is heavily indebted after a takeover by Terra Firma, the private equity firm, is desperate to exploit its music catalogue as a way to boost profits. The company believes that marquee acts such as Pink Floyd and David Bowie could generate a steady, reliable income stream along the lines of the stable profits that it enjoys from its share of songwriter royalties.
The POPMATTERS website throws twenty questions at THOMAS DOLBY... here's one of them...
Q: The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
Side 2 of Low by DAVID BOWIE. Speaking of Heroes (!) and Eno... Bowie is one hero I've met that did not disappoint. He was a total gentleman, and very smart and funny, as well. I played with him at Live Aid at Wembley. We had almost no rehearsal, and I was petrified. I had to open the set with the solo piano intro of 'TVC15', which is pushing the boundaries of my ability. But somehow, staring out across those tens of thousands of people, my adolescent muscle memory just kicked in and my fingers played themselves.
Low was the most influential of all Bowie's albums. It was a complete revolution. The first time electronic music techniques had really been applied to pop music. And Side 2 was effectively the first time ambient music hit the mainstream. Plus the album was laden with hits like 'Sound and Vision'.
CONGRATS TO DAVID AND IMAN... AND ZIGGY 6th June 2008
Today marks the 16th anniversary of DAVID and IMAN'swedding ceremony at Saint James Episcopal Church, in Florence, Italy.
The best man was David's son Duncan with chief usher Alan Edwards. Iman's maid of honour was her best friend Bethann Hardison.
Besides their immediate family, among the sixty-eight invited guests were Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, Bono, Eric Idle, Geoff MacCormack, George Underwood, Herve Leger and Thierry Mugler.
You can click here to read an article from Hello! magazine entitled 'The Wedding of David Bowie and Iman' in the BW archives.
Today also marks the 36th Anniversary release of the immortal 1972 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars'.
Any self respecting Bowie fan should play the album right now - put on a pair of headphones and play it at "maximum volume". - and follow it up with 'Black Tie White Noise' which celebrates their marriage.
DIAMOND DOGS IN THE USA 5th June 2008
DAVID BOWIE US tribute band DIAMOND DOGS are to perform tomorrow night 6th June at Tuscan House, Middleborough, Massachusetts, USA. The show kicks off at 21:00.
The band are: Michael Richard / Vocals. Bill Gildea / Bass. Bill Gear / Guitar. Lulu on the keys. Sam Haddix / Guitar and Lee Rothstein / drums.
MAIYSHA CHANNELS HER INNER BOWIE 5th June 2008
Maiysha Channels Her Inner Bowie On 'This Much Is True...
New York, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Shore Fire Media) - DAVID BOWIE is one of the biggest influences on progressive soul siren Maiysha's debut album 'This Much Is True:' (August 26th - Eusonia/UFO), which is why she was thrilled when veteran Bowie bassist GAIL ANN DORSEY joined her for a recent NYC showcase.
"Gail has played with many musicians I admire, so it was an honor that she wanted to work with us for this performance," says Maiysha.
"The Bowie connection is especially exciting- Bowie was one of my earliest musical idols for albums like 'Ziggy Stardust,' 'Let's Dance,' and 'Young Americans'. 'Young Americans' actually had special meaning for me because another one of my idols, Luther Vandross, co-wrote 'Fascination' and helped with the vocal arrangements on that record."
"Bowie's ability to take on different personas, experiment musically, and show off many sides of his personality inspired my musical path," continues Maiysha. "Every song on 'This Much is True' reflects a different facet of my character, and I'm not locked into any one niche - lyrically or musically. I can thank Bowie for driving me to constantly reinvent my sound, incorporating everything from swing music to rock to classic soul to drum and bass on my album."
The combination has worked spectacularly - Newsweek declared that Maiysha's "soulful sound incorporates hip-hop, jazz, and funk that is just as comfortable on the dance floor as at a backyard barbecue". Hip-hop journalist Will Dawson also got a taste of Maiysha's NYC showcase and raved that she "let loose with soaring vocals that literally rocked the packed studio with a mix of rock, soul, jazz and funk."
LIFE BEYOND MARS 4th June 2008
RAPSTER RECORDS are to release a collection of DAVID BOWIE covers for their project 'Life Beyond Mars: Bowie Covered'.
The twelve-track CD is slated for release next month on 8th July in the US and will include Bowie covers from a whole host of electronic artists including Matthew Dear, Carl Craig, Joakim and Au Revoir Simone.
The full tracklisting runs as follows:
01. Au Revoir Simone - 'Oh! You Pretty Things' 02. Heartbreak - 'Loving The Alien' 03. Kelley Polar - 'Magic Dance' 04. Leo Minor - 'Ashes To Ashes' 05. Carl Craig Presents Zoos of Berlin - 'Looking For Water' 06. Drew Brown - 'Sweet Thing' 07. Matthew Dear - 'Sound And Vision' 08. Susumu Yokota - 'Golden Years' 09. The Emperor Machine - 'Repetition' 10. Joakim and The Disco - 'A New Career In Town' 11. Richard Walters and Faultline - 'Be My Wife' 12. The Thing - 'Life On Mars?'
Check out the Rapster Records website @ rapsterrecords.com - hopefully there will be a micro-site set up online for this release.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04.10.2008: DAVID BOWIE - LIVE SANTA MONICA '72
David Bowie - Live Santa Monica '72 Limited Edition CD album - catalogue number BOWLIVE 201072 Limited edition double LP - catalogue number BOWLIVELP 201072 Digital format - catalogue number 583 2215 Released June 30th 2008 EMI Catalogue Marketing
EMI Marketing will officially release David Bowie, Live Santa Monica '72 on June 30th. Recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles on October 20th 1972 during the first leg of the Ziggy Stardust US tour. Over the last 36 years this historic recording has only been occasionally available as a bootleg. For many, ownership of this concert was regarded as a true test of being a 'proper Bowie fan'. This powerful, galvanizing show allows a more than 70 minute glimpse into the earliest nationwide live radio exposure granted David and the Spiders.
David Bowie says:- "I can tell that I'm totally into being Ziggy by this stage of our touring. It's no longer an act; I am him. This would be around the tenth American show for us and you can hear that we are all pretty high on ourselves. We train wreck a couple of things, I miss some words and sometimes you wouldn't know that pianist Mike Garson was onstage with us but overall I really treasure this bootleg. Mick Ronson is at his blistering best."
CD tracklisting: 01 - Introduction 02 - Hang On To Yourself 03 - Ziggy Stardust 04 - Changes 05 - The Supermen 06 - Life On Mars? 07 - Five Years 08 - Space Oddity 09 - Andy Warhol 10 - My Death 11 - The Width Of A Circle 12 - Queen Bitch 13 - Moonage Daydream 14 - John, I'm Only Dancing 15 - Waiting For The Man 16 - The Jean Genie 17 - Suffragette City 18 - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
LP tracklisting: Record 1 Side 1 01 - Introduction 02 - Hang On To Yourself 03 - Ziggy Stardust 04 - Changes 05 - The Supermen 06 - Life On Mars? 07 - Five Years
Record 1 Side 2 01 - Space Oddity 02 - Andy Warhol 03 - My Death
Record 2 Side 1 01 - The Width Of A Circle 02 - Queen Bitch 03 - Moonage Daydream 04 - John, I'm Only Dancing
Record 2 Side 2 01 - Waiting For The Man 02 - The Jean Genie 03 - Suffragette City 04 - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
In 1972, David Bowie set out on his first US tour. He'd recently introduced the world to his Ziggy Stardust persona with his top 5 album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars' and had completed a hugely successful UK tour. The Santa Monica concert, David's first live US radio broadcast, was aired live on KMET in L.A. and was immediately a fan bootleg favourite. The set list is compiled primarily from the 'Hunky Dory' and 'Ziggy Stardust' albums and features two covers, Jacques Brel's 'My Death' and the Velvet Underground's 'Waiting For The Man', alongside the awesome power of 'The Man Who Sold The World' centrepiece 'The Width Of A Circle' (this version is a ten and a half minute sonic assault) and an 'Aladdin Sane' previewing 'The Jean Genie'.
The set list is also quite different from the Ziggy terminating 'Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture Soundtrack,' available on CD via EMI along with its counterpart concert film on DVD.
Accompanying David was The Spiders From Mars: Mick Ronson - guitar, vocals, Trevor Bolder - bass, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey - drums and Mike Garson - piano.
This is David Bowie at the pinnacle of his creative power - in 1981 NME critics called it, "(quite simply)... the performer's, and one of rock's, best ever bootlegs."
The CD will initially be released as a limited edition with special packaging featuring shots taken at the actual gig for the first time.
The double LP set will be a numbered limited edition on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl; a must for collectors.