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I heard the news today*… Scott, Woodmansey, Hughes, Hamilton and Wakeman all reflect on Bowie. Who are these people? Read on and find out the answer to that and more…

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. This was not a week with one dominant Bowie-related story, but there were a variety, mostly of a retrospective nature. Nonethless and as always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights.
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Ken Scott talks Ziggy era. The occasion of the release of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Star box set (I got mine this week) brought about this Forbes story and accompanying interview video (which itself is about two months old) with Bowie’s sometimes producer and sound engineer Ken Scott.

Woody Woodmansey reflects. The former Spider from Mars gave a talk at the KEF Music Gallery in London, which is currently featuring an exhibit of Mick Rock photos of Bowie. The talk was a hit. Coincidentally, I recently read Suzi Ronson’s account of the breakup of the Spiders, in which she reports that Woodmansey got a raw deal.

Advice from Bowie: Keep Changing. Glen Hughes, late of Deep Purple, tells a story about Bowie coming to crash at his place in the 70s and advising him to change up his style. He also talks about why he doesn’t talk to the other members of Deep Purple anymore.

Phish’s Ziggy set. This story features a video of the band Phish performing in tribute to Ziggy Stardust in 2016. There’s a lot of back-story here, including basic information about Ziggy. Phish, of course, also has a song titled, “David Bowie,” but that’s not the main topic of this story.

Alison Moyet Covers “Absolute Beginners. This is another story that’s basically a setup to a link to a video, this of Moyet performing her version of the classic 80s Bowie song. She’s promoting a new album.

Reflecting on Tin Machine. This is a short, positive if somewhat detached version of the story of the band. It concludes that this phase of Bowie’s career was revitalizing for him. I personally think this was one of many examples of Bowie completely changing up his style, challenging fans to consider what it is they really liked about him. Usually, at least usually before, the new style would take on its own fanbase then he’d repeat the cycle. I like Tin Machine and regret that I never saw the band live, but the band and its output came under heavy criticism at the time. I’m glad to see it recognized as being a constructive part of Bowie’s larger career.

Glastonbury’71. In part because of a pretty good live album and in part because Bowie was simply better known in 2000, his performance at the famous music festival that year gets a fair amount of attention. But he also played in 1971, which is what this brief retrospective is about.

Bowie on Conan O’Brien. Another story-as-setup for video, this time of Bowie on the 1999 talk show. Not sure what prompted it now, but if you have never seen this clips, it’s worth checking out.

Page Hamilton Reflects. The guitarist best known as part of the heavy metal band, Helmet, reflects on his time touring with Bowie in 1999.

Rick Wakeman reflects. Rick Wakeman, formally of Yes, reflects on playing with Bowie and others.

Labyrinth Live to launch this fall. A touring multi-media concert, featuring the music of the film performed live, will launch a nationwide tour (in the USA) this fall. I’m guessing Bowie will appear via archival video, however if he shows up live and in person, you can be sure to find me there!

Far Out Bowie stories of the week: Unless I missed it, I didn’t see any Bowie stories in the online publication Far Out last week, but they are back this week: He hated Los Angeles; Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing” (not to be confused with the Bowie song of the same name) partially inspired “China Girl”; and then there was a story reflecting on whether Bowie really was a fascist; and finally, Bowie helped write “Lust for Life” using a ukulele.

This was another Bowie-news heavy week and I’m once again leaving quite a bit out, but hey, “we’ve finished our news…”*


“I’ve heard the news today” is Bowie’s adaptation of the Beatles lyric, which is heard in “Young Americans.” “We’ve finished our news” is a line from, “Oh You Pretty Things”.

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