I was recently visited by adollyciousirony who has an interesting music related blog. This month’s topic is about songs with “MOON” in the title. When I think Moon song, I think David Bowie. Space Oddity was actually played during the Moon Landing on both the BBC and CBS. “Moonage Daydream” from Ziggy Stardust certainly qualifies for this list. I deem it essential. You can choose from the milder studio version:
The wilder live version from “Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture”:
Or, better yet, the live version from David’s 50th Birthday Bash at Madison Square Garden’s in New York. Earlier, I did a post on the 1996 Lorelie Festival, which I called “Bowie’s finest moment on stage”. I was referring to the entire 1995-1997, near non-stop tour with Reeves Gabrels and company. This band was soooo hot that David actually abandoned plans to release the other 2 parts to Outside and record what he described as “an audio snapshot of the band” which he alluded to as one of the best he had ever assembled. The result was Earthling, recorded straight to hard drive and manipulated with Pro Tools. During this phase of the tour the band actually performed a 55 min. set comprised of live versions of complex Jungle and Drum and Bass inspired re-mixes, a difficult proposition to pull off in studio, let alone live!
The 1997 50th Birthday bash is my favorite Bowie concert of all time. Rather than use the usual format of trotting admirers onstage to sing your songs (ala BobFest), David chose to invite young bands that he admired. Frank Black (Pixies), David Grohl and the Foo Fighters, Robert Smith (The Cure), Sonic Youth, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and, of Course, “The King of New York Himself, Mr. Lou Reed”. All the proceeds were given to “Save the Children“. Here’s Moonage Daydream from that Landmark show.:
“Pop stars are capable of growing old,” a fresh-faced David Bowie announced in 1979, when he was barely past the threshold of his thirties. “Mick Jagger at 50 will be marvelous — a battered old roue — I can just see him. An aging rock star doesn’t have to opt out of life. When I’m 50, I’ll prove it.”
Right you were David – Rock On!