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September 25, 1995 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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October 6, 1997 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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April 26, 1987 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 )
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July 22, 1998 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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.
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July 28, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / ANDY NELSON
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.
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May 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 28, 1993 | by David Hinckley, Mew York Daily News
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.
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March 29, 2012 | A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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September 9, 1996 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 10, 1990 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
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.
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November 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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July 22, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
For the last night of its U.S. tour - Sunday at Mann Center's outdoor Skyline Stage - Queens of the Stone Age truly let loose. A frightening proposition, considering guitarist-singer-lead Queen Josh Homme and company always blast forth with the most dramatically stylized iteration of glam-inspired, stoner riff-rock since David Bowie started Tin Machine. But there was Homme, all 6-foot-4 of him, peering at the starry skies, lush greenery, and sold-out throng at his feet, and he was in awe. "All this in the middle of the city!"
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May 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 12, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IN THE 13TH CENTURY, Sir William Wallace was one of the leaders of Scotland's fight for independence. The battle was brought to the big screen approximately 700 years later in "Braveheart. " Perhaps 700 years from now, another movie about Scottish independence will be made and some actor will portray . . . Sir Sean Connery . As per Reuters, Connery, a longtime Scottish nationalist who now lives in the Bahamas, advocates breaking the 307-year tie with England, supporting separatists' arguments that oil-rich, Scotch-rich Scotland can be a prosperous, independent nation.
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May 9, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I like Mother's Day," says Katie Couric , 56, of that dread day. "But I also like my daughters to be nice to me all year long," she says of Ellie , 21, and Carrie , 17. Couric tells USA Today she's worked hard to keep her girls out of the media. Until now. All three women pose in the latest "Got Milk?" ad, which premieres Friday on Couric's gabfest, Katie . "I'm really proud of them. I think they've turned into exemplary young women. " Couric, who struggled with bulimia in college, says the milk ads stress "healthy eating and healthy body image.
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March 6, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Rumors of David Bowie's demise have been greatly exaggerated. It's been nearly 10 years since the most stylish of art-rockers released his last album, and nine since he suffered a heart attack backstage at a concert in Germany. That health scare was followed by a mysterious period of exile that gave grievous concern to fans who wondered if they would ever hear from the Thin White Duke again. But without warning, on his 66th birthday on Jan. 8, the classic-rock changeling took the music world by surprise by releasing "Where Are We Now?"
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January 28, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
There's no shortage of big stars - marquee names as disparate as Justin Timberlake and David Bowie are returning, alongside boldfaced names Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. But   the coming months are more about medium-sized acts that, thankfully, aren't big enough to play the enormodome. Look for albums by alt-folkies Thao & the Get Down Stay Down ( We the Common , on sale Feb. 5, playing Underground Arts March 24), Richard Thompson ( Electric , Feb. 5), and the Mavericks ( In Time , Feb. 26)
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October 23, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
EVEN 50 YEARS ON, Ken Scott can't really deal with the notion that the music he helped to create has affected millions of lives, has truly changed the world. Nor can he fathom that many of those life-altered listeners would be curious enough to come hear the legendary record producer/engineer lecture (as Scott's doing Tuesday evening at Drexel University) or read his newly published memoir, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust (Alfred Music Publishing, $24.99), written with a little help from Bobby Owsinski.
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