Favorite Live Bands #2 - David Bowie
Colorado Springs, Colorado
March 8, 2017 4:33pm CST
My celebration of live music is nearing it's end. #2 in my Favorite Live Bands series belongs to David Bowie. Innovative beyond belief, David Bowie entered the music business in 1962, and continued right up to his death in 2016. Bowie has sold over 140 million albums worldwide, and counting both the US and UK, has a total of 14 platinum and 15 gold albums. He is in both the Rock and Roll and Science Fiction and Fantasy Halls of Fame, and won seven Grammy and four Brit Awards during his career. Ok, David Bowie was not a band, but he did have a band with him that evening back in 1987 at Denver's old Mile High Stadium. A very good band, too: longtime sideman Carlos Alomar on guitar, Peter Frampton on lead guitar, Carmine Rojas on bass, Alan Childs on drums, and multi-instrumentalist's Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle. The occasion was the Glass Spider tour, in support of Bowie's 1987 album, Never Let Me Down. It was a full blown stage production, with three levels of Toni Basil-choreographed action happening at all times. Highly ambitious, it was visually stunning in an almost sensory overload sort of way. The stage was so big that there were two of them, leapfrogging their way across the country, each taking three days to set up, play, and tear down. The show was heavily weighted with Bowie's 80's output, although we were treated to classics such as "Heroes," "Fashion," "Young American's," and "Time," (although "Space Oddity" and "Ziggy Stardust" didn't make it in, and wouldn't have fit anyway. "Suffragette City" did fit right in, however.) The tour was widely panned by critics, but you know what? That concert was an absolute blast. It was like watching a huge Broadway production starring one of my idols. I'm so glad I went, because everytime after that Bowie came through Denver, I couldn't swing it. What an evening! (The Outfield and Duran Duran were the support bands.)
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9 Mar 17
No doubt Bowie was a legend. But my favorite live band ever has to be KISS. I was floored when I first saw them back in 1978. And I saw them every years since then. That is up to and including the Psycho Circus tour. Then I basically stopped. But their concerts were just amazing. And I always got my moneys worth.