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I heard the news today*… David Bowie News of the Week! Mourning Sanborn; Watching Blocker; Reading Belew and more!

This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. 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.

Mourning the loss of David Sanborn. Sadly, the most prominent news story of the week having anything to do with Bowie was the passing of saxophonist David Sanborn. An accomplished musician in his own right, Sanborn played with Bowie on the Young Americans and David Live albums. And he did a lot more than that without Bowie. This link is to a Rolling Stone story focused on their collaboration, but there were many other stories about Sanborn focusing on other aspects of his life and career.

American Idol contestant sings “Space Oddity.” Jack Blocker made it to the finale of this year’s American Idol after singing “Space Oddity” during Disney Night. Disney Night? The excuse is that the song was on the soundtrack to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Apparently, this was the first time anyone ever performed a Bowie song as part of the American Idol competition. The video accompanying this post features Blocker’s performance.

Adrian Belew reflects on playing with Zappa and Bowie. Belew was the guitarist on Lodger, who also worked with Bowie on a few tours as well as his own album, Young Lions (which features “Pretty Pink Rose”). Belew has a long and storied career, having seemingly played with everyone. Here he discusses his experience with Frank Zappa and Bowie.

Ziggy Stardust surround sound remix slated for release. The album that made Bowie a star will be re-relased in September having been remixed in Dolby Atmos, formatted for blu-ray audio. The format will allow the album to be heard in surround sound. To be played at maximum volume, of course.

Well, he said he wasn’t a Marvel Star… That’s a line from Bowie’s 2016 song “Blackstar.” He didn’t say anything about being a DC star. Having already been the comic model for Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer), the Bowie-inspired character Major Tom is appearing in a DC Comic, Sinister Sons. I haven’t read the story but am going to guess the character isn’t strung out in Heaven’s high.

Renny Harlin revealed that he almost cast Bowie in a Stallone movie. Director Renny Harlin recently revealed in an interview that he nearly cast Bowie as the villain in the 1993 Sylvester Stallone movie, Cliffhanger. According to Harlin, the deal was very close but schedules didn’t work. I had never heard this before and it is interesting because Bowie had flatly rejected playing the villain in the Bond film, A View to a Kill a few years earlier, so I wonder how serious he was about this one. John Lithgow eventually got the part.

On Bowie in Berlin. Did you know there’s an English language magazine about Berlin, Germany? Apparently, there is, and it’s called The Berliner. Anyway, the magazine did a feature about Bowie recording Let’s Dance… no just kidding, it was the Berlin Trilogy.

Far Out Bowie stories of the week. It wouldn’t be a week in the news without at least a couple of Far Out stories about Bowie. This week featured a story about him writing “Fame” in fifteen minutes, and another about the thinking behind “It’s No Game”. A third story was about how the name of Tin Machine was inspired, at the suggestion of Bowie’s song, Duncan Jones, by the Public Image Limited album, Metal Box.

Gerwig Serenaded with “Modern Love. Barbie director Greta Gerwig was serenaded at the Cannes Film Festival by French singer Zaho de Sagazan. Gerwig used Bowie’s version of the song in her 2012 movie, Francis Ha. The performance was part of the film festival’s opening ceremonies.

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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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