Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help.

Farewell Speech & Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (Live)- David Bowie

After 182 shows and having toured between 1972 and 1973 throughout the United Kingdom, The United States and Japan, in Hammersmith Odeon, London, on July 3rd, 1973 he said “Of all the shows on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest. Not only is it the last show of the tour, it’s the last show we’ll ever do.” He broke hearts that night also…he could have kept Ziggy going for a few years more, but he also said that he had a short attention spam and got tired and bored of the same thing. Lucky for us his characters didn’t end there.

(1985) Live Aid / David Bowie

We have already discussed Live 8 here but only briefly mentioned its predecessor, the legendary Live Aid. Bob Geldof organized, along with his friends and many influential artists, a concert to raise funds and awareness towards the famine in Ethiopia. Bowie played in Wembley Stadium. His set list was: “TVC 15”, “Rebel, Rebel”, “Modern Love” and “Heroes”. The performance is flawless plus he was at a moment in his career where he was filling stadiums and enjoying huge commercial success.

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992 – David Bowie, the Lord´s prayer

Now we have all heard the FANTASTIC SONG that these two sang together. They came together to record another song (“Cool Cat”) but ended up working on this one also. The backing vocals Bowie recorded for “Cool Cat” were not used because Bowie was not happy with his performance, but everything happens for a reason and they artistic collaboration paid of, making “Under Pressure” Queen´s second No. 1 in the UK (after “Bohemian Rhapsody”) and becoming a must in all their concerts. When Freddie Mercury passed away from AIDS on November 24th – 1991, the world lost a legend (same as this week) and although he performed, I think this moment, his feeling, stage presence and demeanor transmitted what many of us felt.

Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour & David Bowie  

Recorded in May 29th, 30th and 31st, Remember that Night was a series of David Gilmour´s solo concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of his tour On an Island. David Bowie joined him for lead vocals on “Arnold Layne” and “Comfortably Numb”. It would be one of his final performances on stage.

Wild is the Wind – David Bowie and Alicia Keys

Though some people think his performance on at Fashion Rocks 2005 was his last public one, that is not the case. That performance is a memorable one, his version of “Life on Mars” simply immaculate. However, his last performance took place in 2006 when he joined Alicia Keys on stage at the Black Ball in New York. The event is an annual fund raiser for Keep a Child Alive and is hosted by Keys, who is also the Cofounder of the charity. Together they performed three songs “Fantastic Voyage”, “Changes” and this emotional and dramatic version of “Wild is the Wind”.

No…not cathartic enough. Still in shock, disbelief and in awe of all this man achieved and taught. Gotta love an authentic genius. An alien, an artist, a fashion statement in himself and as Paul said it here, a musical genre.

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