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Starlite
(stardust savant)
05/17/04 03:30 AM
Washington D. C. setlist  

Not sure if anyone cares, but here's the setlist far as I remember it from the Patriot Center tonight.

1. Rebel Rebel
2. Fashion
3. New Killer Star
4. Cactus
5. Sister Midnight
6. Hang Onto Yourself
7. All the Young Dudes
8. Fame
9. China Girl
10. The Loneliest Guy
11. The Man Who Sold The World
12. Panic in Detroit
13. Hallo Spaceboy
14. Sunday
15. Heathen (The Rays)
16. Under Pressure
17. Station to Station
18. Ashes to Ashes
19. Quicksand
20. The Supermen
21. Loving the Alien
22. Modern Love
23. White Light/White Heat
24. I'm Afraid of Americans
25. "Heroes"
Encore
Suffragette City
Ziggy Stardust

Yeah, so 27 songs total.

He started off really well--I enjoyed the high-kick of Rebel Rebel through NKS. Sister Midnight was really cool. The one song I remember distinctly disliking here was "Hallo Spaceboy." I hated this version of it, and they went too happy on the crazy strobe lights, forcing me to close my eyes for the duration of the song. I also didn't like The Loneliest Guy, but then I hate that song, period.

China Girl and Under Pressure seemed especially good to me this night, and I was delighted at how he played Modern Love. It felt really nice after Loving the Alien, which was another welcome surprise.

Quicksand was a treat, and I'm Afraid of Americans got a huge ovation, and WL/WH was very fun again, but if I had to listen to it another time, I think I'd begin to get bored.

I'm definitely over Ziggy being used as his final encore song. It's so predictable/expected/scripted by now. He should move it to the middle of his set if he wants to keep it. Plus the dramatic cross-gesture with the arms gets to be rather... too much, if you know it's coming, and if he acts it up.

But all in all, it was a great time, of course. Bowie still puts on the best show that I've seen, and still spoils me for the rest of the bands.

P.S. Stereophonics were fun. I should check them out more.

Maybe if I write this now, while drunk, you'll all understand.

EJSundayModerator
(acolyte)
05/17/04 03:39 AM
Good Support Is Hard To Come By new [re: Starlite]  

In reply to:

Stereophonics were fun. I should check them out more.


Yeah, you should. They were a bit overhyped last year but still they have come up with good records. If they had been Bowie's support in Germany I would certainly have arrived on time at the shows. But with those mediocre Dandys I couldn't care less.

And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


Earthling on Fire
(electric tomato)
05/17/04 03:40 AM
Re: Washington D. C. setlist new [re: Starlite]  

Good to see Loving the Alien back!

Wear your wound with honour.

dukewhite
(stealing for that one good rush)
05/17/04 05:52 AM
Re: Washington D. C. setlist new [re: Starlite]  

He was really playing up the "terrorism" factor in Virginia, mentioning several times references to terrorism and the "area." He also (correctly) predicted that Gerry's three-word retort to David's ball-breaking would not go over well..."I.R.A." This is my seventh show this tour, and it was the first time where he was really trying to feed of the post-9/11 frenzy so many other artists have done.

Also, I was amazed that he only did two songs off Reality, which is an all-tour low.

After "Hang on to Yourself," Bowie was telling his not-quite-clichéed-yet Gene Vincent story but varied it by singing the first line of one of his songs, which I had heard before but couldn't name for you. "Be-bop-my-baby" or something. tonight also saw the return of "shut the fuck up" in "China Girl."

There are also rumours among Bnetters who were around before the show that "The Bewlay Brothers" was rehearsed at the soundcheck...

I'll be seeing YOU in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Kansas City, St. Louis, Washington DC, Moline, Wantagh, and Holmdel. So dress sharp.

Starlite
(stardust savant)
05/17/04 06:02 AM
Re: Washington D. C. setlist new [re: dukewhite]  

Right, I was sort of surprised that the new material was very scarce. However, I enjoyed the return of some '80s stuff, because honestly, I had my Heathen last tour, and while I like Reality, I'm not that crazy about it.

I really-really wanted to hear "Bring Me The Disco King" instead of "The Loneliest Guy" though--and Fall Dog Bombs The Moon would have been awesome. Oh well, them's the sticks.

Guess I'll have to go back to Philly next time--seems like there's a more energetic crowd there, with more easy banter and less pandering. The DC crowd honestly did piss me off. (They wouldn't stand up and dance! They were totally only halfway responsive!)

I blame them for the 2-song encore.

Maybe if I write this now, while drunk, you'll all understand.

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
05/17/04 06:12 AM
adding songs (but so far away) new [re: dukewhite]  

In reply to:

There are also rumours among Bnetters who were around before the show that "The Bewlay Brothers" was rehearsed at the soundcheck...


Good grief! If he keeps carrying on like that, I might have to see another show.

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BigFatDog
(grinning soul)
05/17/04 06:51 AM
Re: adding songs (but so far away) new [re: Adam]  

I'd pay the money just to hear The Bewlay Brothers. Wow! I really hope he plays it. Can you imagine Station To Station, Quiksand and The Bewlay Brothers in the same set?!

Fucking hell I sound like a right twat. S Club Juniors here I come.



pianocraft
(cracked actor)
05/17/04 07:11 AM
Re: adding songs (but so far away) new [re: Adam]  

I was at the DC show and it was amazing how hard Bowie worked; he had just traveled from Ontario to DC and was due in Pittsburgh the next night, nonetheless, he delivered song after song as if it was a one off concert.

Some things that struck me:

How great Bowie's voice sounded. He's simply one of the great singers of all time.
The lush background harmonies of Gail and Kat. They might be Bowie's best background singers of all time.
Earl Slick's beautiful guitar work. He had great tone all night and played an especially sensational solo during the extended outro of Sunday.

Each song was arranged wonderfully and I could hear new power in a lot of them that I never experienced before.

I was surprised at how drab the stage looked and how plain Bowie was dressed, in a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt that looked like he was wearing all day.

But this show was based on the music and Bowie did not need a single prop to convey his songcraft and his great band.



Starlite
(stardust savant)
05/17/04 08:02 AM
Re: adding songs (but so far away) new [re: pianocraft]  

Oh, you should have met up with us, pianocraft!

In reply to:


I was surprised at how drab the stage looked and how plain Bowie was dressed, in a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt that looked like he was wearing all day.


Huh? He was wearing the same thing he's been wearing for most of the tour: a black t-shirt with a tie, tight pants with the phallic-hanging belt, a shiny suit jacket, and in the beginning of the set, a specially tattered overcoat. Eventually of course he stripped down to just the shirt, tie, and jeans, but I'd hardly say his ensemble was "plain": with the overcoat, it was even somewhat busy, though quite stylish.

And the stage set was also more extensive than, say, on last year's tour, when it was completely empty except for his name in lights behind him. (And half the time the lights were shut off.) I mean, there was a movie screen and hanging decorations, and such.

Maybe if I write this now, while drunk, you'll all understand.

Earthling on Fire
(electric tomato)
05/17/04 09:36 AM
Re: Washington D. C. setlist new [re: Starlite]  

What's also great is that he played Station to Station and Ashes to Ashes back-to-back.

Wear your wound with honour.


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