- Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 19:31:53 (EST)
I was not able to attend the Stern B-Day bash live, I live in Chicago, however, I did here it broadcast on the radio. As we all know Bowie's set was incredible. The point I would like to add is that Howard has been (all week) raving about Bowie's appearance and has includedIAOA as the best song (according to Stern) of 1997. Great job Bowie!!!
chgo, il cook - Monday, February 09, 1998 at 19:16:38 (EST)
I just came from the show. The show began promptly at 7:00 and Bowie came
out about 9:00. The entire band was there. He did 3 songs: Fame, Hallo
Spaceboy, and IAOA. He looked incredible. His hair was cropped and
crew-cut-ish, in a medium shade of brown hair (looked like the natural
color to me). His suit was gorgeous, most likely black but could have been
dark charcoal gray, with very wide leg trousers, black shirt & tie, and a
red hankie, and sunglasses. The only time he took the sunglasses off was
for a moment in Hallo Spaceboy. The sound was pretty lousy, but the band
seemed really on. Reeves looked great, he looks like he shed some weight,
and his hair was really flattering, darker and slightly longer.
They powered through the songs pretty fast, and Bowie did not do some of
the trademark gestures I have come to associate with these songs from the
Earthling tour, although he did do the hand gesture at the beginning of
IAOA. He did reach out to the audience (the audience at the level of the
stage was all VIPs and Howard's wack pack people), but not as much as
usual. Howard came and spoke to him in between Hallo Spaceboy & IAOA,
mostly about the stock deal. All in all, it was brief but powerful. It
was difficult for me to not be looking at David, but during Fame and IAOA I
foreced myself to take a look at Howard and he was really rocking out, he
seemed really into it. The Howard fans were digging it too, I heard
several of them saying how good they thought he was when we were walking
out. Bowie and the band were not into making eye contact and waving to the
fans up in the balconies.
We had lousy seats (all the radio contest winners were exiled to the
highest balcony) but a security guard and a sound man took pity on us and
let us sneak down to a small side balcony one level below our seats so we
could see better. So that was a total plus.
The other musical guests were: Billy Joel singing Big Man on Mulberry
Street (prerecorded) and Megadeath (I am clueless as to the songs). No
Fiona Apple, no Van Halen. Other guests included NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Governor George Pataki, Sandra Bernhard.
Barbara Younger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
USA - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 15:24:39 (EST)
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