, - Monday, September 25, 2006 at 15:01:55 (EDT)
Typical - you travel all over Europe, see Bowie play in three different countries, and then he puts on a show in your home town that blows them all away. This was the greatest concert experience of my life - simply transcendent. I'll write a fuller more rational review as soon as I've returned to Earth. PS: Thanks, Iman.
Dublin, Ireland - Monday, August 11, 1997 at 10:45:05 (EDT)
Hi all! I haven't had time yet to write reviews of the Dublin shows but I thought this would
interest you in the meantime.... Most of the reviews have been very positive unlike this one
which is a touch resentful/prodding. The 2 Dublin gigs at the weekend were the best Bowie
shows I've attended since my 1st Bowie gig in '87. I have some other press reviews which
I'll transcribe and post as soon as time allows.
Bowie brings his new style to Dublin
By Kevin Courtney
David Bowie has made many spectacular changes during his long career, but his latest incarnation as a disciple of "drum 'n' bass" has made the chameleon of
rock almost unrecognisable to his older fans.
The artist, formerly known as Ziggy Stardust, is currently on tour with his band, playing at
outdoor festivals in Europe and the UK, and last night he played a sold-out show at the
Olympia Theatre, giving 1,400 fans an earful of his new, dance-oriented style.
There have been reports of walk-outs at some of Bowie's UK dates, something the man has
been used to ever since he dumped his "classic" back catalogue and devoted most of his
live-set to material from his 1995 album, Outside. Described as a "Gothic hypercycle", the
album was a bleak, futuristic detective story far removed from the bright, glittering sci-fi of
Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane, and audiences who had come to hear Bowie's classic hits
went home disappointed - many of them early on in the show.
Last May, Bowie, who was 50 this year, played a secret gig at the Factory in Dublin's
Barrow Street, where he had been rehearsing, and to the delight of the 250 fans, he
performed many of his older hits, including The Jean Genie, Fashion, Heroes, Fame and The
Man Who Sold The World. He also played tracks from his current album, Earthling, a drum
'n' bass oddity which may well be his best work since Scary Monsters And Super Creeps.
But no matter how much Bowie changes, and no matter what trendy new dance style he
latches onto, the fans still want to hear the classic alien anthems which shaped pop music in
the 1970s. Bowie plays a second show in the Olympia tonight; just be patient, and the
Starman might return to earth.
Dublin, Ireland - Monday, August 11, 1997 at 08:51:02 (EDT)
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