So, in Dara's and EJ's opinion, those tours weren't "playing to the gallery tours" either?
I am not so sure if you can easily devide Bowie's audiences into gallery and not. What am I then? I never liked "The Motel" much but was overjoyed when I got "A New Carrer In A New Town". Is the re-appearance of "Five Years" a play for the gallery or a feast for the true fan - or must I only praise "Fantastic Voyage" when "All The Young Dudes" was tremendous as well? Where do we put "Hallo Spaceboy" and "I Am Afraid Of Americans"? And what's more gallery?Heathen tour`s "Alabama Song" or this time's "TMWSTW"?
In the end I would simply say Bowie is doing his best to enjoy a crowd pretty diverse in what they want from him - plus he has a few musical statements he seems to be doing for himself and the band. Fine by me. And few of his other tours were different. From those "Sound & Vision" was the disaster on one end, "Outside/Earthling" the adventure on the other. Both concepts would never have brought him back to where he is now again: A major rock star who still has something to say and play, filling major venues world wide. Some may not like that but I think he is pretty okay with that. And so am I.
And I want to believe In the madness that calls 'now'