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31st July 2003

The next instalment of the LOVING THE ALIEN cartoon strip by MIKE TOREVELL is now online for your viewing pleasure.

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    The next instalment will be online next Thursday.

    30th July 2003

    Timing is everything for MICK ROCK, the rock 'n' roll photographer who, for many people, was just as integral to the glam rock movement as the musicians he helped immortalise. Many photographers can claim to have captured a moment from the heady days of satin and sleaze, but none can claim to have defined it the way he did.

    Mick was more than just a photographer, he was an insider and his photographs of DAVID BOWIE, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and many others are as revealing and renowned as the glam revolution itself.

    "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time," the highly energetic Rock says when asked how he got his start. "I'm very much a product of my generation. I was only interested in today, not tomorrow. But I came out of it with a treasure trove (of photos)."

    Now, for the first time in Japan, you can catch the man's work at a comprehensive exhibition titled Rock 'n' Roll Eye: The Photography of Mick Rock, being held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Ebisu Garden Place. Mick, who had never been to Japan before, calls it the best exhibition he has ever had.

    Rock first got his start as both a writer and photographer, doing work for such music magazines as Rolling Stone. But it was his photos of David Bowie, during the artist's Ziggy Stardust days, that really sent Rock down the road to professional photography. Rock and Bowie struck up a very good friendship - Rock becoming his "official" photographer - and it was through him that Rock met Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. He says that there weren't many other photographers shooting those musicians in the early days, so it helped him to solidify his place among them.

    Rock 'n' Roll Eye: The Photography of Mick Rock
    Through August 28th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday)
    Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (a 10-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station).
    Admission: 1,000 yen for adults, 800 yen for middle and high school students and university students.
    Information: (03) 5280-9996.

    You can read the full article at the Daily Yomuiri online website.

    29th July 2003

    UK tribute band CHANGES BOWIE have a gig lined up at The Grapes, Bury St. Edmunds on Sunday 3rd August - more information can be found at www.changesbowie.co.uk...

    Millions of viewers are tuning in to watch 25 relatively unknown hopefuls compete for a treasured place in the BBC's Fame Academy. One in particular RYAN FLETCHER appeared in Scottish soap River City, starring in more than ten episodes as bully boy Vader. Last year Ryan was on the shortlist for Fame Academy but didn't quite make it into the show. He also bared all on stage playing DAVID BOWIE in 'Waste of Makeup'. RSAMD graduate Ryan also plays with band Merchant City...

    28th July 2003

    The Three Tuns June 2003 Update: A conversation held some months back with one of the Noble House managers remarked, in effect, that not enough local people used THE THREE TUNS to justify it being kept as a public house.

    It's looking more and more likely that this building will end up as a restaurant. On this basis, Beckenham residents and we DAVID BOWIE fans may have to settle for the building shell remaining and the Bowie plaque being refitted.

    It would help if, to achieve this, there was more support from David Bowie fans worldwide. The worse scenario is that we at LEAST manage to get the David Bowie plaque back in it's rightful place.

    So how can you help? First off, if you all could post up fresh comments to the online Three Tuns Petition this would help enormously. I will then print off and forward all comments directly onto the Chief Planner at Bromley Council, within the next 10 days.

    If you would like to write, telephone or email directly the Chief Planner you can use the contact details below:

    David Bowie Plaque at The Three Tuns      Stuart MacMillan
         Chief Planner
         Bromley Civic Centre
         Stockwell Close
         Bromley, Kent
         BR1 3UH
         Tel: 020 8313 4525
         Email stuart.macmillan@bromley.gov

    The new owner of the building may be visiting Beckenham at the end of August to meet interested parties. No date is yet set. We Bowie fans NEED to make as big as impact as possible to convince him to do the right thing in AT LEAST restoring the db plaque.

    If you know or anyone knows of any other locals to Beckenham who could weave a spell and impress the new owner, or has any other suggestions, please contact Cliff Watkins directly with your suggestions.

    Various links and background information to past special features:

    Photo Gallery: Beckenham's Salute to David Bowie
    Special Feature: A Guide to Beckenham and Three Tuns
    Special Feature: Celebrating David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab
    Special Feature: David Bowie Plaque and Party
    Special Feature: Speech and Plaque Unveiling Dec 2001
    Special Feature: Ken Simmon's Planned Compere Script

    Update via Cliff Watkins.

    26th July 2003

    BowieNet V3 DavidBowie.com is looking for energetic and ambitious fans interested in helping spread the word on DAVID BOWIE'S new album Reality.

    e_Team members can help get a buzz going in lots of different ways, for example, by calling in requests for Reality singles to radio stations, voting for singles on websites, posting Reality links and banners on message boards, distributing IM icons and wallpapers, hanging posters in stores, coffee shops, and on university campuses and passing out stickers and flyers to people you meet.

    Reality cover In return for your efforts, top performing team members will get special/limited edition promotional items, cds, occasional concert tix and even a chance to meet David backstage at a show!

    This is a volunteer effort, BowieNet depends on fans like you to get the new music out there and heard in all the right places. If you're down for the cause, click this link to sign up and they will be in touch.

    You can listen now listen to snippets of the new tracks on Reality via the Reality Jukebox on BowieNet. Full members get to hear 90-second snippets of 'The Loneliest Guy' and 'Looking For Water' from Reality in the audio section, whilst there are 60-second snippets for non-members.

    For members only there is also a Reality Electronic Press Kit in the video section. The EPK runs for 4.5 minutes and includes snippets of other new songs from Reality including 'New Killer Star', 'The Loneliest Guy', 'Pablo Picasso', 'Bring Me The Disco King' and 'Never Get Old'.

    Check out V3 of BowieNet now.

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    26th July 2003

    New Killer Star cover DAVID BOWIE'S first single 'New Killer Star will be aired on the JONATHAN ROSS Radio Two show next Saturday (2nd August). David will also be appearing on the show via NYC by telephone towards the end of the programme. The show starts at 10:00am until 13:00 (GMT) so expect db on around 12-ish. You can listen online here at the BBC website.

    JR has left a message on the BW Message Boards stating that David is also to appear on his TV show 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' on BBC1 TV. JR says: "DB is booked on first show of my next series in September - I hope he'll be performing live again."

    Also announced this week, David is to appear live on the London 94.9 FM DANNY BAKER radio show (LDN) on 4th September.

    26th July 2003

    There was an interesting piece in THE NEW YORK OBSERVER on 21st July entitled 'Bowie's Bower' by Blair Golson, covering the news that DAVID BOWIE and IMAN have bought the 64-acre Little Tonshi Mountain in Shokan, New York, near Woodstock in the Catskills.

    The couple closed in late January, paying $1,162,500 for the vacant tract of land, which is next-door to Allaire Studios where David recorded his Heathen album.

    David spoke of the area in Interview (June 2002)... "This is not cute, on top of this mountain: It's stark, and it has a Spartan quality about it. In this instance, the retreat atmosphere honed my thoughts... I've written in the mountains before, but never with such gravitas."

    Until recently, both the smaller and larger Tonshi mountains were privately owned by descendants of the industrialist Raymond Pitcairn. In the mid-1920's, Pitcairn built what he called 'Glen Tonche', the mountain-top estate on the larger mountain. In 2001, a photographer and musician named Randall Wallace and his wife Jackie established Allaire Studios on part of the estate. The main studio room there has soaring, 40-foot-plus ceilings and sweeping views of the nearby Ashokan reservoir.

    You can read the full article online at the Observer.com website.

    25th July 2003

    The opening track of DAVID BOWIE'S forthcoming album 'New Killer Star' will be the first single released in Europe. Available around the same time as the album (16th September) it will be in the format of a DVD single only.

    From BowieNet.

    25th July 2003

    Happy Birthday Iman! To Iman
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday
    Have a wonderful day
    Best wishes from
    Paul and family and everyone at Wonderworld

    25th July 2003

    Reminder: Released shortly on 4th August is one of the most sought-after DAVID BOWIE albums finally being re-released after being deleted for years, and with a comprehensive facelift - Black Tie White Noise is now available as a 3-disc set. On the first disc is the original and much underrated album, while the second disc is full of remixes, soundtrack-only tracks, b-sides, and previously unreleased material.

    As well as that the third disc, a DVD, contains numerous interview sections with David talking candidly about the people that helped him on the album (including Lester Bowie, Mick Ronson and Nile Rodgers), as well as on more weighty subjects such as marriage, sexuality, drugs and 'otherness'. Interspersed wth these interviews are several live performances from the album, all recorded at the Hollywood Center Studios in August 1993, and even the videos to the three singles to be taken from the album, including the fantastic 'Jump They Say'.

    All in all a wonderful package for fans and collectors alike - it's been a long time coming but Black Tie White Noise has finally been done justice.

    Black Tie White Noise Special Release Track listings:
    Disc: 1

         01. The Wedding
         02. You've Been Around
         03. I Feel Free
         04. Black Tie White Noise
         05. Jump They Say
         06. Nite Flights
         07. Pallas Athena
         08. Miracle Goodnight
         09. Don't Let Me Down & Down
         10. Looking For Lester
         11. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
         12. The Wedding Song

    Disc: 2
         01. Real Cool World
         02. Lucy Can't Dance
         03. Jump They Say (Rock Mix)
         04. Black Tie White Noise (3rd Floor US Radio Mix)
         05. Miracle Goodnight (Make Believe Mix)
         06. Don't Let Me Down And Down (Jangan Susahkan Hatiku) (Indonesian Vocal Version)
         07. You've Been Around (Dangers 12" Remix)
         08. Jump They Say (Brothers In Rhythm 12" Remix)
         09. Black Tie White Noise (Here Come Da Jazz)
         10. Pallas Athena (Don't Stop Praying Mix No.2)
         11. Nite Flights (Moodswings Back To Basics Remix)
         12. Jump They Say (Dub Oddity)

    Disc: 3
         01. The Wedding/Jump They Say
         02. With Lester Bowie/Looking For Lester
         03. On Reeves Gabrels
         04. You've Been Around
         05. Expanding And Experimenting
         06. Nite Flights
         07. Otherness/You've Been Around
         08. Miracle Goodnight
         09. On Marriage/The Wedding
         10. Black Tie White Noise
         11. With Mick Ronson
         12. I Feel Free
         13. With Nile Rodgers/Looking For Lester
         14. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
         15. Jump They Say
         16. Black Tie White Noise
         17. Credits

    You can order the album NOW.

    24th July 2003

    A very talented and comical work colleague of mine has finally given in and has agreed to produce a weekly comic strip especially for Wonderworlders.

    The first three parts of LOVING THE ALIEN by MIKE TOREVELL are now online for your viewing pleasure.

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    The next instalment will be online next Thursday.

    22nd July 2003

    BowieNet still has tickets available for select stops on the European leg of DAVID BOWIE'S A 'Reality' Tour.

    Members-Only Tickets:
         10-23-03 Milan Italy FILAFORUM
         11-23-03 Dublin Ireland THE POINT - public tickets sold out!

    More Exclusive VIP Packages Added:
    Available to all Bowie fans, members and non-members alike!

         10-08-03 Stockholm, Sweden, THE GLOBE - public tickets sold out!
         10-10-03 Helsinki, Finland, HARTWALL ARENA - public tickets sold out!
         10-20-03 Paris, France, PALAIS OMNISPORTS
         10-27-03 Munich, Germany, OLYMPIAHALLE
         10-29-03 Vienna, Austria, WIENER STADTHALLE
         11-01-03 Hannover, Germany, PREAUSSAG ARENA
         11-03-03 Berlin, Germany, MAX SCHMELLING
         11-25-03 London, UK, WEMBLEY ARENA - public tickets sold out!
         11-26-03 London, UK, WEMBLEY ARENA - public tickets sold out!

    BowieNet have sold out of their VIP packages in Copenhagen, Oslo, Antwerp and Manchester, UK and the others are going fast. Get yours today!

    Join BowieNet - Get Presale Tickets!

    Click on the banner to find out how easy it is to sign up with BowieNet - you know it makes sense.

    22nd July 2003

    For those of you who've been following and contributing towards the JACKIE C 'Existentialist World Tour' on the BW message board can now read the first section of her World Tour Book.

    If you haven't got a clue what the hell I'm on about, this first journal entry from JackieC will give you a good initial insight into the whole project.

    Si-Mon has collated and edited all the best contributions, put them all together and here's the result... all placed on it's own mini portal. Edited by Simon Radcliffe aka The Si-Monator and original drawings by Angel.With contributions from: Stephen Stroud, SLS, The Si-Monator, Gaz, Mr. Ed, Ian, Lil Wonder and Jackie C.

    Big thanks to JackieC's hubby Paul and his html helping hands :)

    22nd July 2003

    DAVID BOWIE and MOS DEF feature on the cover of American magazine COMPLEX (Aug-Sept issue). Inside is a seven-page article 'The Style Council', complete with a new photo session. The mag has a street sale date of 29th July - (from TBB @ BowieNet)...

    The previously USA-only Ryko release of SOUND+VISION 4-CD box set is all set for an EMI re-release in late October/early November. With bonus discs and previously unavailable tracks released on CD, there's an extra 24 tracks in total. The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud (rare B-side Paul Buckmaster intro version 1969), London Bye Ta-Ta (previously unreleased stereo version recorded 1970), Round And Round (Alt version from Ziggy sessions 1971), Baal's Hymn (from Baal E.P.), Drowned Girl (from Baal E.P.), Nite Flights (Moodswings Remix - Unreleased 7" Radio edit), Pallas Athena (Gone Midnight Mix) - (from TBB @ BowieNet)...

    21st July 2003

    Bowie to be beamed into Fashion Rocks:

    Robbie Williams is to return to the Royal Albert Hall to headline a show for The Prince Of Wales's charity. He features on the bill with Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John for a fashion and music event for the Prince's Trust. Liz Hurley will host the event, called Fashion Rocks, on October 15 when 18 of the world's leading fashion houses will work with leading celebrities. It is not yet clear whether Beckham will be singing or simply modelling for the evening. She has previously posed on the catwalk for one of her favourite designers Maria Grachvogel.

    Also taking part is Bryan Ferry - and DAVID BOWIE will be beamed into the show by satellite.

    Top designers taking part include Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Julien Macdonald, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and Versace.

    From Annova.

    More stories: Sky News

    21st July 2003

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2003-07-21 10:47:39

    DAVID BOWIE announced today the details of his 26th studio album 'REALITY' that will be released in the Autumn to coincide with his first world tour in almost a decade.

    'REALITY' is due for release on Iso/Columbia Records on September 15th, just prior to Bowie beginning his highly anticipated sold out European tour, which will commence on October 7th in Copenhagen and comes to a close in Glasgow on November 28th.

    The eleven track album was recorded in New York over the past few months with the highly acclaimed band that performed on the 'Heathen' mini tour of last year, including long-time Bowie musicians such as vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey, pianist Mike Garson, drummer Sterling Campbell and guitarists Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard. Additional instruments were played by Tony Visconti on bass and Bowie himself on keyboards, guitar and sax.

    'REALITY' again sees Bowie reuniting with his long time co-producer, Tony Visconti. The duo were responsible for last year's critically acclaimed 'Heathen' as well as classics such as 'Scary Monsters', 'Low', and 'Heroes'.

    Bowie describes the sound of the record as 'Built to play live' and more intriguingly as being 'A bit thrusty'.

    Expanding on that, David commented on the themes contained within the album 'Nothing more complicated than a collection of songs, many written in Downtown New York. It covers a small period of writing at the start of 2003. I write continually and, these days, it's great to be able to release things as I write them'

    There are nine Bowie originals on the album, only one of those has been heard before. The song 'Never Get Old' which is currently being used throughout Europe as part of a co promotion with Vittel Water in which David looks back with a wry smile at some of his previous incarnations.

    The album also includes two cover versions; the first is the track 'Pablo Picasso' which was originally recorded by cult hero Jonathan Richman.

    The other cover on 'REALITY' is one of the lesser know songs by the late George Harrison. The song 'Try Some, Buy Some' has been on Bowie's 'to cover' list for years ever since he bought a copy of the version made by ex-Ronette Ronnie Spector in the 70's.

    Of the two covers Bowie remarked that 'At one time I was compiling a Pin Ups II list and both of these songs were on it. I must have over fifty songs on that list now. As it's very unlikely that I'll do another Pin Ups, I just grab a couple of irresistible favourites from the list every time I go into the studio. I get a real kick from doing covers, I'm such a rock fan at heart.'

    The full track listing for 'REALITY' is as follows:

         New Killer Star
         Pablo Picasso
         Never Get Old
         The Loneliest Guy
         Looking for Water
         She'll Drive the Big Car
         Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
         Try Some, Buy Some
         Bring Me The Disco King

    The very distinctive artwork for 'REALITY' is the result of collaboration between Bowie, Rex Ray and Jonathan Barnbrook. Both Ray and Barnbrook have worked with David in the past on the likes of 'Earthling' and 'hours...' (Rex Ray) and Heathen (Barnbrook) but 'REALITY' is the first time that the three of them have worked together on a project.

    The artwork for the record, according to Bowie was inspired by 'An assumption that there is little reality left that corresponds to the old definition.'

    'REALITY' is released September 15th via Iso/Columbia Records in the UK and the following day (16th) in the USA.

    More details about the album as well as the opportunity to hear parts of the album online at Bowienet (www.davidbowie.com) will be revealed soon.

    19th July 2003

    On rufuswainwright.com I found today this DAVID BOWIE-related news concerning Gerry Leonard and Sterling Campbell: The speculation is over... it's now official. 'Want', the third album from Rufus Wainwright, will be released on September 23rd. Produced by Marius deVries (Bjork, David Bowie, U2) and recorded in New York and London, the album boasts 14 new tracks and notable musicians such as Charlie Sexton, Sterling Campbell, Gerry Leonard, Levon Helm, Kate McGarrigle, Linda Thompson and Martha Wainwright. The Want sessions were so successful that there were way too many tracks to fit on one CD and a second volume of Want will be released early next year - from Arjan...

    'The Man Who Fell To Earth' can be seen tomorrow at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Polk Museum of Art, Florida. DAVID BOWIE and Candy Clark star in this offbeat drama about an alien. Museum admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students. Ages 5 and younger free. Also the following weekend (Sat) at 2:00 pm: Basquiat is playing...

    19th July 2003

    Woodstock, N.Y., may not seem like an ideal home for rocker DAVID BOWIE, but according to The New York Observer, the 56-year-old singer and his model wife Iman are buying a large chunk of land there for $1.16 million. Known as Little Tonshi Mountain, the 64-acre property is in a secluded area of Shokan, near Woodstock, the woodsy mecca in the Catskills. It also happens to be close to Allaire Studios, where Bowie recorded his last album, Heathen - (from Forbes.com).

    And again reported in the Daily Dish on SFGate.com... Bowie Buys a Mountain - Pop legend David Bowie has splashed out a staggering $1.16 million on a mountain in New York state. The star reportedly fell in love with 64 acre Tonshi Mountain near Woodstock in upstate New York while recording his latest album, 2001's Heathen, in a recording studio at the top of an adjacent peak. Despite the hefty price-tag, Little Tonshi doesn't have any buildings - (from Shelley)....

    17th July 2003

    I've noticed there are still some extra tickets available for DAVID BOWIE'S forthcoming appearance in Manchester at the MEN Arena (on 17th November) available ONLY via ticketmaster - BE QUICK!

    Looking for A Reality tickets to buy, sell or exhange? Check out the BW Ticket Classifieds

    16th July 2003

    Congratulations are due to BW contributor STUART DAZELL who has been included in a special exhibition at Fresh Art 2003 in London, called 'Inspirations'.

    Nightclubbing #2 Stuart, who has contributed pieces to The Arts Lab section of this website explains the exhibition theme is that each artist produces a piece of work with an explanation of the inspiration behind it... "A newly completed painting entitled 'Nightclubbing #2' was inspired by the classic Bowie/Iggy Pop track from the 1977 album 'The Idiot' which was played on constant repeat as the work was created. The track 'Nightclubbing', a superbly powerful composition, is simultaneously exciting and yet slightly sinister, elements I have tried to reflect in this abstract work.

    "The painting has been created by initially 'texturing' the surface of the canvas with 'nightclub flyers' and advertisements, then charcoal and lacquer were applied, eventually creating the first stage of the picture. Finally the surface is scratched to highlight areas of the canvas and introduce an interesting tonal quality."

    The work will be on display for all 3 days July 18th until 20th at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London - Stand A139. Visit the www.freshartfair.co.uk website for more details and information.

    After the exhibition, the painting will be sold by Christie's at the Fair with all proceeds going to the Terence Higgins Trust charity.

    You can view more of Stuart's work via www.modernartuk.com which is where his main exhibition paintings can be viewed.

    (Ed. Well done Stuart you deserve it :)

    15th July 2003

    ROLLING STONE magazine have published a short interview with DAVID BOWIE in their next issue concentrating on his forthcoming album release Reality.

    Talking about the song 'Pablo Picasso' David says: "I've always wanted to do it," Bowie says of the song. "It's just a treat. On Heathen (2002), I did a piece by the Pixies, called 'Cactus.' 'Pablo Picasso,' at least the way we've done it, occupies a similar place on the album."

    And the other cover song 'Try Some, Buy Some' he goes on to state: "At that time, it was the only single by a solo artist that actually had all four Beatles on it. The Beatles had kind of disbanded, but they all loved Ronnie, and it was George Harrison producing it, so they all crept in and different times to put parts on it. We were pretty true to the original arrangement, but the overall atmosphere is somewhat different. It's a dense piece."

    And on the album itself he says: "I think it's a very good album. I don't want to talk it up too much, because it's immodest."

    You can read the full article here by David Peisner.

    14th July 2003

    Some extra tickets are NOW available for DAVID BOWIE'S upcoming appearance in Manchester at the MEN Arena (17th November) available via Ticketmaster - BE QUICK! - (from Martyn)...

    Recent reports from Vogue.co.uk and The Sunday Mirror state that DAVID BOWIE and KATE MOSS have recreated the PinUps album cover. The story is wrong. db and Kate have completed a magazine shoot but haven't recreated the album cover...

    A leather-clad DAVID BOWIE appears on the front cover of American magazine SOMA volume 17 issue 5 also features a six-page interview which also contains new photographs of db by Frank Ockenfels III. For a list world outlets where you can purchase this magazine click here. In London, UK the magazine is available at: RD Franks (Kenthouse Marketplace, Oxford Circus) and Selfridges (400 Oxford Street). Visit the Soma website which should have more information online shortly...

    Low Symphony and "Heroes" Symphony by PHILIP GLASS are being reissued as a 2 CD set in August - ( from Sarah)...

    The eagerly awaited release of Reality in September by DAVID BOWIE will also be released as a limited edition 2CD digipack on 16th September...

    BOWIEWONDERWORLD email address users should have their email service resumed by tomorrow. We are just waiting on the new server DNS details (CNAME) to kick in...

    13th July 2003

    Bowie gig a sell-out as Scots fans snap up tickets in 90 minutes.

    Fans of DAVID BOWIE have snapped up almost 10,000 tickets for the singer's only Scottish show, making it a sell-out in just 90 minutes. Hundreds of fans queued for hours to get their hands on the £48 and £36 tickets, which went on sale at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday.

    Officials from the venue said the show on November 28 was one of their fastest sell-outs. Some die-hard fans even slept overnight outside the venue to ensure they got the chance to see their idol. Tickets went on sale yesterday at 9am and were gone by 10.30am leaving thousands of fans disappointed.

    The star, whose hits include 'Ashes To Ashes', 'China Girl', 'Let's Dance' and 'Changes', will play hall four of the venue. His Glasgow show is part of the 'A Reality' tour, named after his forthcoming album, and will start in Europe in October before moving on to North America, Australia and the Far East.

    The singer - famed for his incarnations as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke - will play to more than a million people in 17 countries during the seven-month series of concerts. The concert tour is the artist's first major set of gigs since his Outside World tour of 1995.

    A spokeswoman for the SECC said: "The tickets were sold out in an hour and half. "People were queuing when we opened the doors at 9am and the tickets were all gone by 10.30am. "There were also a few overnight stays, but when it is an artist like David Bowie, we expect there to be a very high demand for tickets."

    The 56-year-old singer infuriated fans last month when he said he had no immediate plans to venture north of the Border after announcing gigs in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin. But promoters DF Concerts managed to persuade him to change his mind and another date was added to his itinerary.

    The music legend kicks off the tour in Copenhagen on October 7. It will be followed by the shows in England and Ireland before he brings his entourage to Glasgow for the eagerly awaited gig. It will be the first time he has played in Scotland since a low-key concert at Glasgow's Barrowland in 1997.

    The Dandy Warhols, whose hits include 'Bohemian Like You', have been confirmed as support for all of Bowie's UK and Ireland dates.

    By Christopher Claire at Scotland On Sunday

    12th July 2003

    Thirteen Britons, including DAVID BOWIE, Sir Elton John and Lord Lloyd-Webber, have made it on to the latest definitive list of the world's top 200 art buyers...

    EMI are to release three DAVID BOWIE SACDs on 29th September: Firstly, there will be hybrid stereo album releases of Scary Monsters and Super Creeps and Let's Dance featuring the 1999 remaster on the PCM stereo layer and a new 2003 remaster on the DSD layer. Also due at the same time will be a hybrid multi-channel SACD release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars featuring the 2002 remaster as PCM and DSD stereo layers, and a layer featuring a 5:1 multi-channel mix of the album created by Ken Scott at Abbey Road in January of this year - (From Blam @ BowieNet)...

    After the complete nightmare of the past three weeks, this afternoon WONDERWORLD has now been finally relocated onto brand new servers with a completely new hosting company in Texas. I'm sure you'll all notice a big difference... and so will my bank manager ;) Fans with their own BW email addresses should see their service restored shortly. There are still a few more bits n' bobs to be uploaded onto the site, please bear with me whilst I get it all back up (ooer missus). I've been working on the site continually to get normal service resumed as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Unfortunately the situation was completely out of my hands and frankly there was absolutely nothing whatsoever I could do. I'll tell you all about it in my next column. Big thanks and much appreciation to Ronnie the new hosting company owner, who has been tremendously helpful in getting BW back online asap :) ...

    11th July 2003

    REMINDER! Tickets for DAVID BOWIE'S concert in SCOTLAND at the Glasgow SECC on Friday 28th November go on sale today (Friday 11th July) at 9:00am. Tickets are priced £46 and £36.

    You can purchase your tickets online via Ticketmaster (click on TM Scotland link) or via secc.co.uk - SECC Tel: 0870 040 4000 lines open daily 9am-9pm or the Box Office Counter. Open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.

    10th July 2003

    UPDATE: Ad agency makes DAVID BOWIE the face of Vittel water: Nestlé-owned mineral water Vittel may be one of the most emblematic French brands, writes the newspaper Le Figaro, but its new advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, has looked outside the country's borders for a personality to front its new TV campaign.

    Having employed a strategic approach based around the concept of 'vitality' for a number of years, Vittel will now be promoted around the idea of 'renaissance', Le Figaro says, using the line: 'Vittel. Chaque jour une nouvelle vie' ('Vittel. A new life every day'). The new campaign features rock star David Bowie, famous for reinventing himself at various stages of his career. Asked who the campaign is targeted at, Ogilvy spokesman Bernard Bureau tells Le Figaro: "Everybody. Those who know Bowie and those who don't. He is an artist who has evolved his personality in each of his musical phases. He perfectly embodies the notion of renaissance."...

    CHANGES BOWIE a tribute to the music of DAVID BOWIE, play The Beacon Court in Gillingham, Kent this coming Saturday 12th July. Visit changesbowie.co.uk for more details...

    Also the same night ROB STORM is doing his DAVID BOWIE one man show at Bath Pavillion on Saturday 12th July. The show starts at 8.00pm until 12.30am. Tickets are priced at £6. Hotline 01225 486976. Carvery available from £4.00. More information can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk...

    8th July 2003

    The tracklisting for DAVID BOWIE'S next studio album Reality has been announced on BowieNet.

    The definitive and final tracklisting is as follows:

         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

    The album features two covers 'Pablo Picasso' written by Jonathan Richman and 'Try Some, Buy Some' by George Harrison. The album is scheduled for release by Columbia/ISO on 15th September in the UK and the following day (16th) in the USA.

    Click here for a sneak peek of the album artwork by the inimitable Rex Ray.

    7th July 2003

    Advance tickets are now available to BowieNet Members only for the Glasgow and Milan gigs.

    The Glasgow presale will end at 2:00 pm (GMT) on Thursday before the general public sale the following day (Friday 9:00am). The members only allotment for the Milan and second Dublin show will be available until the allotment runs out.

    From BowieNet.

    6th July 2003

    Billy Sloan head music writer for the SCOTTISH SUNDAY MAIL reveals in today's issue of the newspaper that DAVID BOWIE is rehearsing a total of 75 songs for his 'A Reality' world tour.

    He writes: "I can reveal that David has rehearsed 75 songs for the tour. Only six are tracks from the Reality album - all the rest are classics from albums such as Ziggy Stardust, Station To Station and Low. David will perform songs from every aspect of his career. He'll be delving into his extensive back catalogue of both hits and more obscure gems."

    From Gaz.

    6th July 2003

    Advance tickets for DAVID BOWIE'S concert in SCOTLAND at the Glasgow SECC on Friday 28th November go on sale tomorrow (Monday 7th July) for BowieNet members only.

    Tickets for the general public will be on sale Friday 11th July at 9:00am. Tickets are priced £46 and £36.

    You can purchase your tickets online via Ticketmaster or via secc.co.uk - SECC Tel: 0870 040 4000 lines open daily 9am-9pm or the Box Office Counter. Open Mondays to Fridays 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-5pm.

    5th July 2003

    Filter Magazine Issue 6 DAVID BOWIE adorns the cover of the current FILTER magazine.

    (Issue Six: July/August) 'Bowie's return to the Golden Years' sees him adorned in gold, looking very at home and lounging regally... sat on a throne underneath scaffolding.

    Issue 6 - Preview by Gregg LaGambina:
    So, we had this throne that was lying around the Filter Magazine offices and we were arguing and yelling and getting all hot and bothered about who we thought would be most worthy to sit in it and then we heard tracks from the forthcoming David Bowie album. We followed him all the way to his studio in New York City, listened to his forthcoming Reality, sponged up all of his charming and cryptic philosophy, and came away with the confident prediction of his triumphant return to form. Read, listen, find out in Number Six.

    Visit filter-mag.com for more details.

    Thanks to Zimmie for the pointer.

    4th July 2003

    DAVID BOWIE joins TEAM ENCOUNTER'S missions to the stars. Is it any wonder that a man whose career constantly pushed new limits and explored new possibilities would join Team Encounter's amazing journey to the stars?

    Team Encounter will place its 'cosmic call' Saturday to possible extraterrestrial neighbours using a 230-foot diameter radio astronomy dish in Evpatoriya, Ukraine, and a temporary mission control set up at the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. The message will be a digital mixed bag: text, photos, and audio and video clips from paying customers and school kids all over the world. The intended targets are five stars deemed reasonable candidates for harboring life-supporting planets.

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his classic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, Team Encounter will broadcast the landmark recording across the galaxy. Songs such as Starman, Moonage Daydream, and Lady Stardust will, appropriately enough, be carried into deep space by a high-powered-laser beam. It's all part of Team Encounter's Cosmic Call laser extravaganza, set to take place in Rosewell, New Mexico during July 2003.

    Beyond that, the adventurous Mr. Bowie will also be included on Team Encounter's incredible space mission that will launch the DNA, messages and photos of millions of people into deep space.

    A photograph of David and his personal message will be onboard the starship bound to leave the solar system! David's message reads: 'Commencing countdown, engines on! - Major Tom.'

    The votes for the favourite song from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars album to be included in Cosmic Call 2003 went as follows:

    'Five Years' 82 votes / 'Starman' 161 votes / 'Ziggy Stardust' 147 votes / 'Rock N Roll Suicide' 105 votes.

    Visit the teamencounter.com website for more information and details.

    3rd July 2003

    Reminder: Don't forget that tickets go on sale this morning at 9:00am (Thurs 3rd July) for DAVID BOWIE'S second date at The Point, in Dublin for Sunday 23rd November.

    Tickets are limited to 4 per person and are available online via Ticketmaster and The Point Box Office Tel: (01) 8363633 Open Mon to Sat inclusive 10.00am - 6.00pm (+353-1-836-3633).

    Click here for The Point's David Bowie ticket page.

    3rd July 2003

    July 3rd 1973: Thirty years ago today at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, DAVID BOWIE laid to rest his persona 'Ziggy Stardust' and retired from live performing.

    When the kids had killed the man, he had to break up the band. At the time fans didn't realise it was Ziggy and not David himself announcing the now legendary statement: "Of all the shows on this tour this show will remain with us the longest because.... because not only is it the last show of the tour, but it's the last show we'll ever do. Thank you."

    This momentous performance was released on DVD which features remastered footage and new stereo and 5.1 mixes by Tony Visconti, as well as a commentary by Visconti and the director D.A. Pennebaker.

    You can now purchase for a mere £13.99 saving yourself £6.00 (30%).

    2nd July 2003

    KRISTEEN YOUNG'S latest album 'Breasticles' produced by Tony Visconti, that features DAVID BOWIE on the track 'Saviour' is available to purchase online via www.fnac.pt (type in Breasticles in the search box).

    Released by N_Records in Lisbon, Portugal, here is the tracklisting.

         01. We Want More!?
         02. Touch Tongues
         03. Bite Down
         04. We Are The World (Why Ky)
         05. Wake The Dead
         06. 21st Century Ride
         07. Rock Radio
         08. Valuable
         09. Automatic Love
         10. Breasticles
         11. Incubator
         12. Savior (featuring David Bowie)
         13. Flash
         14. Buddy Boy

    Also Kristeen is to perform in London again on Tuesday 8th July at The Underworld in Camden, London, supporting Frank Black...

    From tonyvisconti.com

    1st July 2003

    Due to phenomenal demand an extra DUBLIN show at The Point has been added to DAVID BOWIE'S 'A Reality World Tour for Sunday 23rd November.

    Tickets go on sale this coming Thursday July 3rd at 9:00am and are limited to 4 per person.

    Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster.ie and The Point Box Office Tel: (01) 8363633 Open Mon to Sat inclusive 10.00am - 6.00pm (+353-1-836-3633).

    Click here for The Point's David Bowie ticket page.

    1st July 2003

    Update: The new owners of the THREE TUNS public house in Beckenham have taken over the property and here's the next update/latest development in the saga...

    The Three Tuns June 2003 "Latest information is two houses with parking spaces on current car park. Conversion of upper floors to flats. Toilets provided within existing ground floor space. Probably no longer financially viable as a pub. The Thai restaurant scheme has resurfaced as a possibility. Meanwhile, the place is boarded up and looks very sorry. See photo." - (from Cliff Watkins on behalf of Beckenham's Copers Cope Area Residents' Association).

    All DAVID BOWIE fans - please let your feelings be known at The Three Tuns Campaign I'll make sure the new owners of the site actually read all your comments and suggestions.

    Beckenham Salutes Bowie with a plaque on 6th December 2001

    1st July 2003

    ROB STORM is doing his DAVID BOWIE one man show at Bath Pavillion on Saturday 12th July. The show starts at 8.00pm until 12.30am. Tickets are priced at £6. Hotline 01225 486976. Carvery available from £4.00. For further information about booking an event or details of existing events contact Jenny Jacob either by e-mail or by telephone on 01225 462565. Box Office 01225 312121. Fax 01225 481306. More information can be found at bathnes.gov.uk...

    STARDUST * The David Bowie Tribute Band starring Ziggy 2000 will perform on Saturday, July 26th at 9:00PM, at Gunther Murphy's, 1638 W. Belmont, Chicago, USA. Tickets are available at gunthermurphys.com or at www.geocities.com/bowietribute...

    1st July 2003

    Let's try and beat the touts with 'A Reality' Tour Ticket Exchange. If you were unfortunate enough not to be able to buy the tickets you wanted for any of DAVID BOWIE forthcoming gigs 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. Love on ya!

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

    Bowie Fans 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 you 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."

    1st July 2003

    Speaking from personal experience over the past few weeks, the process of obtaining your tickets through BowieNet has never been easier or less stressful. OK so you pay an extra $15 in handling charges, but it's definitely well worth it in the long run.

    I'm dreading my next phone bill after spending ages on the telephone ringing box offices around Europe, continuously pressing re-dial only find out the show has been sold out in 5 minutes or so, or that the remaining seats are placed at the back of the venue. Plus with BowieNet advance tickets you are guaranteed getting a decent seat.

    When the tickets go on sale for the rest of the world, i.e. USA, Far East and especially Australia, which is bound to be completely sold out everywhere. I honestly don't think there's been a better time than NOW to join up with BowieNet.

    Join BowieNet Now

    1st July 2003

    As you know, all DAVID BOWIE European tickets for the A Reality dates are now on general sale. As far as I can tell, the following dates are now sold out: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo, Rotterdam, Manchester, Birmingham (19th), Dublin and London (25th).

    I noticed today that a "few" tickets went on sale for about 20 minutes for the first Copenhagen show, these must be unclaimed or overbooked tickets. So it might be well worth checking the "sold out" venues box office web pages every now and again. You might get lucky.

    There are still advance tickets available to BowieNet members for David's shows in Vienna (29th October) and Birmingham (20th November). These are available only until tomorrow (Wed 2nd July) at 10:00am EST (3:00pm UK time).

    Also the BowieNet Members presale of VIP/Travel package offers ended last Friday, these are now available to the general public at https://tickets.ultrastar.com/.

    Join BowieNet - Get Presale Tickets!

    Click on the banner to find out how easy it is to sign up with BowieNet - you know it makes sense.


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