Label: M C D S - 984 DB 103 • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release • Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop • Style: Pop Rock
Return to Reviews Return to Livewire. For the first of his three intimate performances at the Rosemont Theatre last night, David Bowie proved exactly why he has one of the most long-lasting, lucrative careers in the music business.
When the year old elder statesmen of rock emerged onto the stage, it was almost shocking to find him appearing some twenty years younger than Superstar - Pizzicato Five - Big Hits And Jet Lags 1994-1997 actual age.
Clad in a tattered black waistcoat, mangy ascot, beat-up Chuck Taylors and black hip-hugging jeans with a 'how's it hangin' belt dangling front-and-center, the slender singer looked like a high-seas buccaneer fresh from pillaging the local Goodwill. Oddly enough or maybe not so odd at all in Bowie's case this hodge-podge of stage attire actually looked quite hip but, let's face it, this guy could make a Hefty bag look cool.
Of course, this wasn't the first time that Bowie has used pirate-chic to his advantage the first was back in when he donned knee-high boots and a patch over one eye for the promotional video for his hit "Rebel Rebel. For some of the older Bowie fans and there were plenty in the crowdhis omission to perform more obscure material Πάπαλα - Πάπαλα - Various - 14 Καυτά Τσιφτετέλια Νο1 his own golden years of the '70s may have been missed, but with a song set that weighed heavily on his greatest hits songs he swore he never perform live again back innot to mention a healthy amount of newer material, nobody felt slighted.
But even more than the choice of LExécution De Robespierre - Georges Delerue - La Révolution Française (Bande Originale Du Film), it was Bowie as the consummate live entertainer that held his audience in his sway.
From humorously making light of a couple of mistakes both from himself and his band to his unbelievably strong vocal range no doubt attributed to quitting ciggies a couple of years ago to his upbeat and jovial interplay with his band and the audience, it was crystal clear that this man was born for the stage.
While Bowie rightfully commanded the lion's share of the attention, as he playfully performed a bit of mime throughout the bubbling hot tub of funk on "Fame" and danced in a self-contained state of ecstasy throughout "Ashes To Ashes," many of the bandmember's talents beamed brightly next to David's. Drummer Sterling Campbell's frenetic, hard-hitting style stood out the most during the three techno injected numbers "Halo Spaceboy," "Battle For Britain" and "I'm Afraid of Americans," from Bowie's late '90s albums Outside and Earthlingwhile bassist Gail Ann Dorsey "out Freddied" even Queen's late singer during her vocal duet with Bowie during a passionate take of "Under Pressure.
With stinging leads on a delicious take of "The Man Who sold The World" Golden Years - David Bowie - Live At The Rosemont Horizon / Aug. 2 early Bowie song which was introduced to a younger audience when Nirvana performed a version of it for MTV's Unplugged seriesas well as channeling the spirit of the late Mick Ronson lead guitarist from The Spiders From Mars through a piercing guitar line on the glam-rock anthem "All The Young Dudes," Slick just may be the most versatile and talented guitarist Bowie has employed to date.
While the new material performed from his most recent album Reality married well with his older songs and was well received by the crowd, it was the 'wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am' triple whammy encore from his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars that worked the audience into a fever pitch. Bowie pulled his adorning fans into the sing-song chorus of "Five Years" before the dam broke with an amphetamine-fueled version of "Suffragette City" and ending on the high-note of "Ziggy Stardust" which climaxed with Bowie exercising his emotive, passion-soaked vocals.
He may have knowingly chuckled more than likely as an admission to his own approaching years when he delivered the line, "Pretty soon now you're gonna get older" during the song "Changes," but Golden Years - David Bowie - Live At The Rosemont Horizon / Aug.
2 youthful looks, a commanding presence and one helluva powerhouse of 1983 band, this is one artist who definitely still has time on his side.
Opening for David Bowie was soul sister number one, Macy Gray. With her mile-hile afro, long, flowing gold-glittered gown and football field full of attitude, Gray and her nine-piece backing band performed a rousing set of funked-up soul songs that, despite falling on more than a few deaf ears in the audience, proved an entertaining and energetic foil to the main act of the evening.
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