David Bowie

Glas­ton­bury 2000 PAR­LOPHONE/BBC Two hours of vin­tage live Bowie.

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Stuff - Ian Fort­nam

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.

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