July 22, 2008

Where were you in '72?


Recently a bootleg of a legendary David Bowie concert has been officially released. You can read more about it over at About Classic Rock.

Seeing Bowie back in the 70's was AMAZING. I wasn't at the '72 show but did see him in '76. He was at the height of his androgynous glam stage and there was no one else like him. I've stayed a fan over the years and have loved watching him evolve and change into different personas.

The one I like best is - David Bowie, the real deal. He is so personable and funny on stage, it was almost surprising to me to see that side of him after only knowing him as Ziggy, Aladin, The Tall White Duke.....

What about you? Do you like Bowie? Do you have a favorite era?

18 comments:

Jeff said...

I saw Bowie a few years back, probably in 03', and he put on a fantastic show. I think he played around 30 songs, and each song had so much energy. Ziggy is probably my favorite album, but all of his early work was unforgettable. Some of his later work in the 80s is pretty terrible in my oppinion, like the album "Let's Dance".

Dan said...

I'll never forget Bowie on a tv Christmas special years ago where he sang "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" with Bing Crosby. It was kind of campy as far as the conversation they had but the singing was incredible. He really is a genuine person.

The Rock Brigade Blogger said...

Bowie is one of rock's most unique artists. To listen to his body of work from day one until present is amazing. He experimented with so many different sounds and styles and not always for commercial benefit. One of my favorite Bowie songs is I'm Afraid of Americans. This was right around when his was touring, and maybe even collaborating with Nine Inch Nails. I haven't seen him perform live, but would love to some day.

Jon
The Rock Brigade Blog
http://the-brigade.blogspot.com

bob_vinyl said...

Few people have been able to re-invent themselves like Bowie has. He's had a few missteps, but not many considering how bold he is.

I reviewed this one too.

The Mad Hatter said...

I like the Ziggy years best (Ziggy, Hunky, Man Who Sold, etc). I also like his Berlin-era stuff with Eno and Fripp. I pretty much like a good deal of even his less-than-stellar stuff up until the 80s. In the 80s, everything died. Even David Bowie. And I did not exist in 72, but I sure wish I did.

David Amulet said...

My introduction to Bowie was during "Let's Dance" days. Not his best, but still catchy.

I did like what I heard of TIn Machine, though.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I saw bowie on his last tour and once before when he toured with NIN in the 90s. He's fantastic. I love all Bowie, including cheesy 80s Bowie.

Starrlight said...

I adore Bowie. But he pissed me off majorly when he toured with NIN in the mid 90's. He did NONE of his classic songs just his new album and a but of stuff he was obviously test driving. That irked me to no end.

And I am partial to the Berlin Trilogy.

Dammit, now I have Fashion stuck in my head :P

Have you seen the movie Velvet Goldmine? Loosely based on Bowie and a composite Lou Reed/Marc Bolan/Iggy Pop character. Awesome movie and a stellar soundtrack.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Jeff, I wish he would head out here more often and just do a show, he doesn't have to wait to have a new album to tour :)

Dan, I remember that so well too! I watched it on youtube not long ago.

Jon, thanks for stopping by I added you to my links. I hope you get the chance to see him someday.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Bob,I will check out your review. I like it so far.

Hatter, I know a lot of people that wish they would have been born younger to experience some of the music of that era, I am an old lady (but let me point out I am young at heart and LOOK young - lol) and even I wish I was born earlier so I could have been older in the 60's!

David - You like Ziggy right? Ya gotta like Ziggy.

Mistress, I'm with you, girl!!!

Starr, I have not seen that but already know I'd love it so will add it to my list, thanks!!

Starrlight said...

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Eddie Izzard and Toni Colette star in it. It is my daughters second favorite movie right behind Rocky Horror. The music is PHENOMENAL. Thom Yorke and others make up the house band so to speak and whilst I love Brian Ferry....Thoms version of 2HB is amazing.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Starr - It sounds awesome I am so excited to see it! Can't believe I never heard of it.

Starrlight said...

Bowie was originally all for it until he realized just how poorly he came off. Then he threatend to sue if they used his music. Although he remains very good friends with folks from the movie like Placebo.

Bond said...

I do like Bowie...and prefer him, as you do, when he is just Bowie...

Artster63 said...

Bowie... all around incredible. Singer, actor, author I give him props for everything he's done (including the 80's). Come on "Young Americans"? How cool was that beat?

Never saw him live but the best performance for me was Bowie and Annie Lennox doing the Freddie Mercury Tribute. Who else can wear a lime green suit and pull it off like Bowie?

Cyberoutlaw said...

Always liked Bowie, and still have most of his stuff on vinyl. Back in the 70's I had a friend who went to just about every concert he could. He once dove into Bowie's limo and shook his hand as everyone was getting in. then the bodyguards tossed him out. Literally, LOL! It would be hard to name a favorite Bowie song since he's gone through so many transformations and produced so much good stuff.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Art - Ditto, he's talented in many ways and always seems a step ahead as far as his business.

CYBEROUTLAW!!!!! OMG! It's been forever since I saw you around. Thanks so much for stopping by!

YogaforCynics.blogspot.com said...

I saw Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour in '83--while a lot of people were disappointed that he didn't play any of the Ziggy stuff, the show really rocked (I recently wrote a blog post about it, actually, or partly about it) and I've seen few performers with his stage presence (though Johnny Cash was certainly up there) (and, in his own very minimalist way, so was Jerry Garcia). Then I saw him again on the Glass Spider tour in (I think) '87 and the show was TERRIBLE--mostly bad song selection but when it was good--"Time," "Big Brother"--it was marred by an excessive stage show that didn't allow any spontaneity.

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