York Daily - 7th May 2004


By Timothy Finn

Too much can be said about the career and headlines David Bowie has made since he laid the ground for glam rock in the late 1960s.

Before Bowie was around, rock star dudes didn't dress like rock star gals and the machismo of classic rock music wasn't underpinned by lyrics about coming out of the closet.

The 57-year-old Bowie, who visits Hersheypark's Star Pavilion Thursday, still thinks he's ahead of the game musically and is in the midst of a national tour to put the regal back in rock.

The tour, which supports his latest studio endeavor, "Reality," is also a rebirth for tunes by his former androgynous entity, Ziggy Stardust. Though Bowie is a member of rock royalty, he isn't too proud to bust out the classics at his shows for those not interested in his latest music.

On this year's tour, Bowie has been pulling out Ziggy-era hits like "Suffragette City" and "Hang on to Yourself" as well as classics "The Man Who Sold the World," "Rebel Rebel" and "Under Pressure."

Just about every band that tours with Bowie bears a striking similarity to at least one of his musical phases. This year's opener, the Stereophonics, is no exception. The 'Phonics bury muffled lyrics underneath a synths and keyboards, something Bowie did last decade.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $38.50, $56 and $66. Call 534-3911 or visit ticketmaster.