September 25, 1995 |
A rock star trying to halt a decade-long slide has several options: Do a hits tour, a "farewell" tour, or form a new band with the goal of updating the sound. David Bowie has been there, done that - and every strategy has failed miserably. So for the concert experience he brought to Camden's Waterfront Entertainment Centre Friday, he tried something even more transparent: He enlisted currently hot Nine Inch Nails as his opening act, desperately hoping that some of that band's credibility with the alternative-rock audience would rub off. It didn't.
October 6, 1997 |
David Bowie played larger-than-life characters in his heyday - a glamorous gender-bender, an alienated spaceman, a drug-addled everyman with a wicked saxophone - but there was always a grain of truth in them. It always seemed Bowie wasn't too far behind the mask, feeling alienated, experimenting with drugs and bisexuality, an unconventional seeker of truth. And the musical forms he used - disco, synth-pop, blues - artfully conveyed emotions appropriate to his characters. But sometimes riotous youthful quest ends in serene self-awareness, and at 50, Bowie is apparently there.
April 26, 1987 |
Given the mediocrity of his recent work, it's a pleasant shock to discover that David Bowie's new album Never Let Me Down (EMI America ) is quite good. Bowie said recently that he strove to include "every style I've ever recorded," and they're all there, from thumping hard rock to smooth neo- disco. This being Bowie, there's a campy low point, a "rap" duet with actor Mickey Rourke, but songs such as "Zeroes" and "Never Let Me Down" can stand with his finest work. James Carr At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side )
July 22, 1998 |
Glam rock pioneer David Bowie showed some entrepreneurial flair last year when he launched a lucrative bond issue based on his own musical catalog. Onward and upward! Now Bowie wants to be the next America Online. The star is setting up an internet service provider, which will give subscribers net and e-mail access plus some entertaiment perks. The price is expected to be a relatively competitive $19.95 a month. "I wanted to create an environment where not just my fans but all music lovers could be a part of the same community," Bowie said.
July 28, 1987 |
David Bowie threw a barbecue to talk about music yesterday at Veterans Stadium - the music he'll make Thursday and Friday in concerts opening the North American phase of his "Glass Spider Tour. " Already, workers had begun building the show's elaborate stage, which takes four days to complete. The tour's "logistics are horrendous," Bowie said, and the production costs a "basic" $10 million and counting. Bowie, whose opening act will be Philadelphia's Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, has had a long association with the area, dating back to 1974, when he recorded two albums here.
May 1, 2014 |
Steve Weiss, 71, a rare-instrument lover who owned one of the country's largest percussion retail businesses in Willow Grove and rented instruments to both orchestra players and David Bowie's backup band, died Monday, April 21, at Abington Memorial Hospital of heart failure related to prostate cancer. Mr. Weiss grew up in Logan and graduated from Olney High School. His first drum lesson was at the age of 10, and he went on to play the instrument in bands, including in a Polka group, before starting his business.
January 28, 1993 |
After the dozens of men and women Angela Bowie has slept with, many of them famous and most of them catalogued in her new book, "Backstage Passes," it's mildly amusing that she may be best known in rock lore for one she turned down. Mick Jagger was the best friend of her husband, David Bowie, the night he put the moves on her. As he began, however, she began to fantasize him somewhat unromantically as a billy goat, and when one of her female friends chanced into the room, Angie says she sent the two of them off together.
March 29, 2012 |
During a hectic St. Patrick's Day weekend, Jess Conda went to her usual jobs - waiting tables at Fergie's Pub downtown, heading north for her gig at Northern Liberties' after-hours Ruba Club - then biked off to the Crane Arts Building's new Pig Iron Theater School, where she's part of the freshman class. "I've had a helluva time with finals at Pig Iron, St. Paddy's at the pub, and rehearsing," says Conda, 31, sounding surprisingly fresh despite the weekend's wear and tear. Fergie's might occupy her hands, elbows, and feet, but the Ruba and her job as artist in residence at Brat Productions, the club-based theater company, has been occupying the rest of her in recent months as she's developed a distinct mix of snarky glam-and-garage punk and brassy vocal-narrative cabaret under the banner "Rock & Awe. " "The series is designed to stretch me professionally in all directions," says Conda, who conceived each show - October's heavy-metal odyssey A Is for Anna Conda, the glittering explosion of the nuclear family Eternal Glamnation, this weekend's punk-politicized Let's Start a War - and assembled each creative team, playing the producer card.
September 9, 1996 |
Last fall, David Bowie released an experimental record - the Brian Eno collaboration Outside - and tried to connect with alternative fans by touring with Nine Inch Nails. Trouble was, the kids didn't care. And Bowie's longtime loyalists weren't too pleased to hear arty amelodic indulgences in place of the hits they paid for. Time for a career adjustment: On Friday, Bowie returned to town for a fan-friendly show at the sold-out 2,300-capacity Electric Factory, one of four U.S. dates he's playing while working on a new album, Earthlings, in New York.
July 10, 1990 |
David Bowie's performance last night at the Spectrum was probably not the best that he has given on his current Sound + Vision tour. From the first notes of the opener, "Space Oddity," it was clear that Bowie's usually gilded voice was moving toward hoarseness. And more than once, Bowie seemed tripped by nostalgia. Performing in the city that has been an essential part of his American adventure, Bowie rhapsodized in disjointed bursts about early shows at the Tower Theater and the recording of Young Americans at Sigma Sound Studio, and apparently even recognized some of his longtime fans who were present at that album's creation.