Bowie Band Members:
Gail Ann Dorsey
Kate Pierson of the B52s
Ex-International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield
Angelo Moore of Fishbone
Bernard Fowler of The Rolling Stones
2017 Best Latin Pop Album Grammy Nominee Gaby Moreno
Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane
Harlem Gospel Choir
New Retro Strings led by Eric Gorfain of The Section Quartet
& a massive ensemble of top recording & touring musicians who play with or have played with Tom Waits, Sting, Seal, Herbie Hancock, NIN, De La Soul, Brian Eno, Miles Davis, Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, Dr. Dre, Burt Bacharach, King Crimson, Paul Simon, David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, etc etc etc….
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To honor David Bowie’s 70th birthday, Bowie band members,friends, and a massive ensemble of top recording & touring musicians from around the world are getting together for a one-time only series of global goodwill concerts, in aid of local charities, called Celebrating David Bowie.
The concerts all take place in cities that have a strong connection with David Bowie and his work – London, New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, & Tokyo. All feature a core two dozen musicians traveling plus many local, regional, and national musicians to create a sound like no other.
The concept grew out of two informal large ensemble shows with 70+ musicians in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the spring of 2016 including Gary Oldman, Seal, Ewan McGregor, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, and Bowie band alumni from Space Oddity to the latest Blackstar album. Both generated a great deal of press and fan praise from around the world
Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, who delivered an emotional speech about David at The BRIT Awards, and this giant ensemble from Los Angeles and New York City are opening the tour in London with former Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with many other special guests to be announced. This show at 02 Academy Brixton (capacity 5000) sold out in just two hours.
The core ensemble includes former star Bowie band members Mike Garson, Adrian Belew, Earl Slick, members of David’s last two touring bands, Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Latin Grammy Award Winner Gaby Moreno, Bernard Fowler from The Rolling Stones, Joe Sumner, Scrote, and a vast extended musical family who play with or have played with Tom Waits, Sting, Seal, Herbie Hancock, De La Soul, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, B52s, Dr. Dre, Burt Bacharach, David Byrne, Todd Rundgren, Prince, Neil Young, and Lenny Kravitz make up the core ensemble.
Individually these former Bowie band members performed, wrote and recorded together with David through several decades including the 1973’s Ziggy Stardust tour, the Diamond Dogs tour, Isolar II (Heroes) tour, to the hugely successful Serious Moonlight tour, the Sound And Vision greatest hits tour to Glastonbury 2000, Heathen, his final A Reality Tour and many of them appeared on Bowie’s triumphant comeback album, The Next Day.
After their BRIT Awards performance, Bowie’s last touring band refrained from further opportunities to honor him as it was still too emotional. But as word reached them about the sincerity of this particular group they slowly decided too come onboard to say goodbye to David properly in a grand show keeping in line with his tremendous legacy. Far from a tribute and never referred to as one this ensemble includes David Bowie people playing David Bowie music David Bowie style. This is the first and last time this inner circle will do anything like this and these shows are likely to be the last time that they perform his music together; sadly, this may be the closest anyone will come to a David Bowie live experience ever again.
CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE 70th Birthday
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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Best David Bowie Songs
10“The Man Who Sold the World”
7 “Rebel, Rebel”
From: ‘Heroes’ (1977)
Previously recorded under Bowie’s Arnold Corns project, “Moonage Daydream” was given new life on his Ziggy Stardust album and proved to be one of the most powerful songs on the disc — and of his career. Featuring in-your-face, sexually charged lyrics and a monster guitar riff by Ronson, “Moonage Daydream” is a rock ‘n’ roll tour de force. The tune is also significant in that it serves as a musical introduction to the Ziggy Stardust character.
Bowie has often been referred to a chameleon, and he lays that out himself on one of his best-known hits “Changes.” The lyrics deal with reinvention and could be construed as a declaration of what was to come from Bowie. Musically, “Changes” is a beautiful tune that features piano playing by Yes‘ Rick Wakeman. Additionally, Bowie’s singing is at its finest on “Changes,” showcasing one of the most unique voices in rock history.
From: ‘Space Oddity’ (1969)
On 24 April 1992, Bowie married the Somali-American model Iman in a private ceremony in Lausanne. The wedding was later solemnised on 6 June in Florence They had one daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones, born in August 2000.The couple resided primarily in New York City and London, as well as owning an apartment in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay.Bowie’s grandson from his son Duncan was born 10 July 2016, exactly six months after Bowie’s death.
Death of David Bowie
On 10 January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, Bowie died from liver cancer in his New York City apartment. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but had not made the news of his illness public.The Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove, who had worked with the singer on his Off-Broadway musical Lazarus, explained that Bowie was unable to attend rehearsals due to the progression of the disease. He noted that Bowie had kept working during the illness.
Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti wrote:
He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life — a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.
Legacy and influence
Bowie’s songs and stagecraft brought a new dimension to popular music in the early 1970s, strongly influencing both its immediate forms and its subsequent development.
As described by John Peel, “The one distinguishing feature about early-70s progressive rock was that it didn’t progress. Before Bowie came along, people didn’t want too much change”. Buckley called the era “bloated, self-important, leather-clad, self-satisfied”; then Bowie “subverted the whole notion of what it was to be a rock star”.
After Bowie there has been no other pop icon of his stature, because the pop world that produces these rock gods doesn’t exist any more. … The fierce partisanship of the cult of Bowie was also unique—its influence lasted longer and has been more creative than perhaps almost any other force within pop fandom.
Buckley called Bowie “both star and icon. The vast body of work he has produced … has created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture. … His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure.”
- David Bowie (1967)
- David Bowie (also released as Space Oddity) (1969)
- The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
- Hunky Dory (1971)
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
- Aladdin Sane (1973)
- Pin Ups (1973)
- Diamond Dogs (1974)
- Young Americans (1975)
- Station to Station (1976)
- Low (1977)
- “Heroes” (1977)
- Lodger (1979)
- Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)
- Let’s Dance (1983)
- Tonight (1984)
- Never Let Me Down (1987)
- Black Tie White Noise (1993)
- Outside (1995)
- Earthling (1997)
- Hours (1999)
- Heathen (2002)
- Reality (2003)
- The Next Day (2013)
- Blackstar (2016)
David Bowie filmography
Selected film roles
- The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) as Thomas Jerome Newton; received Saturn Award for Best Actor
- Just a Gigolo (1978) as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski
- Christiane F. (1981) cameo as himself
- The Snowman (1982) narrator in re-released version
- Baal (1982) as Baal
- Yellowbeard (1983) the sailor wearing shark fin – The Shark
- Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) as Maj. Jack ‘Strafer’ Celliers
- The Hunger (1983) as John Blaylock
- Jazzin’ for Blue Jean (1984) as Vic and Screaming Lord Byron
- Into the Night (1985) as Colin Morris
- Labyrinth (1986) as Jareth the Goblin King
- Absolute Beginners (1986) as Vendice Partners
- The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) as Pontius Pilate
- The Linguini Incident (1991) as Monte
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) as Phillip Jeffries
- Dream On (TV series) (1991) as Sir Roland Moorecock
- Basquiat (1996) as Andy Warhol
- Gunslinger’s Revenge (1998) as Jack Sikora
- Everybody Loves Sunshine (1999) as Bernie
- Mr. Rice’s Secret (2000) as William Rice
- Zoolander (2001) cameo as himself; nominated for MTV Movie Award
- Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) as Malthazar (voice)
- The Prestige (2006) as Nikola Tesla
- Bandslam (2008) – brief cameo role
“I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir,” he said early on in his career. “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “F**k that. I want to be a superhuman.”
“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is,” he said, referring to his marriage to supermodel Iman Abdulmajid.
“Fame itself … doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant,” he said in 1990.
Show The Wit And Wisdom Of David Bowie
“You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer, for Christ’s sake.”David Bowie
“I think we all like long hair and we don’t see why other people should persecute us because of it,” he told BBC’s “Tonight” in 1964.
“We spent endless hours talking about fame, and what it’s like not having a life of your own any more. How much you want to be known before you are, and then when you are, how much you want the reverse,” he said about his conversations with John Lennon in a 1983 interview with Time Out.
“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in,” he said in a 2002 interview with GQ.
“I feel that I’ve consistently written about the same subjects for 35 … nearly 40 years. There’s really been no room for change with me. It’s all despondency, despair, fear, isolation, abandonment,” he told BBC in 2002.
“My performances have got to be theatrical experiences for me as well as for the audience,” he said to Rolling Stone in 1971. “I don’t want to climb out of my fantasies in order to go up onstage — I want to take them on stage with me.”
“What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time,” he also said in the 2002 GQ interview. “You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer, for Christ’s sake. As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.”
“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it,” he told The Word in 2003.
“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”David Bowie
On His Life Philosophy
“I mean, my whole life is made up of experimentation, curiosity and anything that seemed at all appealing,” he said during the 1983 Time Out interview.
“I really had a hunger to experience everything that life had to offer, from the opium den to whatever. And I think I have done just about everything that it’s possible to do,” he told The Telegraph in 1996.
“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way,” he said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in 2002. “I’m working for me.”
“I was virtually trying anything … And I think I have done just about everything that it’s possible to do — except really dangerous things, like being an explorer,” he also said in The Telegraph. “But anything that Western culture has to offer — I’ve put myself through it.”
“Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.”
“We are just a species dependent on survival instincts, and that’s how we build up our moralities, absolutes and truths,” he said in 2002 to GQ
His death came just two days after the release of the album, and “Blackstar” has quickly started to feel like Bowie’s own way of saying goodbye to the world, sprinkled with hints and farewells throughout.
Look up here, I’m in Heaven!David Bowie on “Lazarus”
‘LOOK UP HERE, I’M IN HEAVEN’: POIGNANT LYRICS OF BOWIE’S FINAL SONG LAZARUS
Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now
Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me
Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me
Paying tribute to the musician, Tony Visconti – who produced the star’s music dating back to the 1960s – said: ‘He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.
‘His death was no different from his life – a work of Art.‘He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it.’He added: ‘He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.’ The video for Lazarus – named after a biblical character who was raised from the dead four days after he died by Jesus – was released on Thursday and is full of haunting images alluding to death.The bleak video begins with the singer – a blind man whose eyes are depicted as buttons – stepping out of a closet into a dark hospital where he becomes trapped in a feverish nightmare.The haunting footage continues with him confined to a hospital bed, shrouded in darkness, as he vulnerably clutches onto his bed sheets and writhes around in a tortured fashion.As Bowie levitates above the mattress, a hand then reaches out from under the bed – perhaps a symbol of being lifted towards heaven.