Glastonbury 2000 PARLOPHONE/BBC Two hours of vintage live Bowie.
Anyone who watched its first seven songs when broadcast by BBC2, or purchased them on the much-circulated Glastonbury Messiah bootleg, or was actually there, already knows that
Bowie’s second Worthy Farm performance was one of the finest of his career. But then they all were. In the supporting cast Mike Garson’s on fire, Earl Slick and Sterling Campbell brilliant, Gail Ann Dorsey reliably stunning. Then again, no musician ever played quite as well without Bowie as they did with him. For any given sideman, a Bowie gig was invariably an occasion to rise to, and on this particular night rise they did.
Opening with Wild Is The
Wind, Bowie (frock-coat, shoulder-length curls) gives a casual master class in enrapturing a capacity crowd, drawing cannily from a back catalogue without peer. Life On Mars?, Starman, Stay, “Heroes”, all here on DVD, double CD and, if you fancy, triple vinyl.
“I’ve not been here for thirty years,” Bowie beams, limbering up for Hallo Spaceboy, “And it’s fucking great.” He’s not wrong.