Favorite Live Bands #2 - David Bowie

@teamfreak16 (41333)
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.)
23 years ago and "some excess", but always present the high-quality-Bowie, not only for his excellent voice: personification of the music's art, natural styl...
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@amadeo (72890)
• United States
8 Mar 17
I was not a big fan of David Bowie.But did like his acting in films
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar 17
I thought he was a good actor. Loved him in The Hunger.
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@amadeo (72890)
• United States
9 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 that is the movie I try to remember.I loved this one.Thank you my friend
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
@amadeo - You're welcome. Glad to be of help.
8 Mar 17
Bowie was amazing!
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar 17
What a career!
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8 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 No doubt! He left our world very young.
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@JohnRoberts (62799)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Mar 17
Bowie. Period.
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@NJChicaa (46045)
• United States
9 Mar 17
I'm sure it was an amazing show
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
It was. I was sure nobody was ever going to top it.
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@NJChicaa (46045)
• United States
9 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 can't wait to see #1. My #1 show is U2 hands down
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@JohnRoberts (62799)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Mar 17
@NJChicaa U2 is a big favorite of mine also.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
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.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
I've never been able to see them, but they are obviously one of the top live bands in the world. Alive! is one of my favorite live albums.
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
9 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 Mine also. And Queen was another awesome concert I saw years ago. And the one that was the longest concert I have even been to is Bruce Springsteen.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
@inertia4 - I've heard he puts on some long shows.
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@Ronrybs (7392)
• London, England
9 Mar 17
I shall always wish I'd seen him in the middle 70s, that period was one I really liked
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
Me too. That would have been awesome.
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@crossbones27 (21176)
• Redlands, California
9 Mar 17
I have never heard of him. Who is he? You can see why he would be a good actor with this style of song.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
I don't know. Some dude. Did this song called "Let's Dance" that people seemed to like. Kind of a flash in the pan, I think.
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@FourWalls (15155)
• United States
9 Mar 17
He was so innovative it doesn't surprise me that he'd do something akin to a Broadway show. Sorely missed.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
He scaled it way back after that. I mean, how do you top that?
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@LeaPea2417 (21940)
• Toccoa, Georgia
9 Mar 17
I need to watch some of this. I have not seen any of his concerts.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
9 Mar 17
That's too bad. You definitely missed out!
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@TRBRocks420 (82436)
• Banks, Oregon
8 Mar 17
RIP David Bowie one of the best of all time.
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@teamfreak16 (41333)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar 17
Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks.
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