Star man We could be Heroes again, just for one night

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - gloslive­[email protected]­ Si­mon LEWIS

IN­NO­VA­TIVE, in­flu­en­tial, iconic – they go at least some way to de­scrib­ing David Bowie. And for more than two hours, his re­mark­able legacy lived again, thanks to a stel­lar dis­play by the Bowie Ex­pe­ri­ence, a re­mark­ably au­then­tic homage to the man who gave us Ma­jor Tom, Ziggy Star­dust and Aladdin Sane.

Headed by star man Lau­rence Knight, the eight-strong band traced the Bowie story from the late 1960s un­til the mid-1980s, although the de­li­ciously wist­ful Where Are We Now? from 2013 was also granted a look-in.

They swept ev­ery­one along on a whis­tle stop tour of no fewer than 34 of The Thin White Duke’s big­gest hits, along with a few songs that barely charted.

Hav­ing re­solved a few early sound bal­ance is­sues, the chameleon-es­que Knight cap­tured all the style and man

ner­isms of the Pi­casso of Pop, mor­ph­ing from one per­sona to an­other, with those many psy­che­delic out­fits read­ily keep­ing pace.

His voice dis­played a con­sid­er­able range and con­vinc­ingly re­cre­ated that dis­tinc­tive Bowie twang, from the clas­sic open­ing Space Odd­ity, com­ple­mented by strik­ing back pro­jec­tions straight out of NASA’S images ar­chive.

This con­cert was clearly a com­plete works af­fair.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Ashes to Ashes tried its hardest to recre­ate the leg­endary video with Knight suit­ably draped in sil­ver Pier­rot cos­tume, be­fore don­ning a chic yel­low suit to usher in Fash­ion and Let’s Dance.

The stew­ards were clearly un­der or­ders to en­sure no­body did. Oh, well, you can’t have ev­ery­thing.

Suf­fragette City proudly hon­oured the ladies, while Boys Keep Swing­ing en­sured the men were not left out.

The pulsating Rebel Rebel and Jean Genie main­tained the momentum, the par­ti­san au­di­ence was in fine voice dur­ing Sound and Vi­sion, but the stand­out per­for­mances were Mod­ern Love, Changes, the stir­ring Life on Mars and Un­der Pres­sure, with the amaz­ing voice of Char­lotte-el­iz­a­beth Tal­bot stand­ing in for Fred­die Mer­cury.

The Man Who Sold The World, China Girl, TVC 15 and Fame kept it all on track, in­deed I be­gan to won­der if it would ever end.

But even­tu­ally they signed off with Heroes and the ground-break­ing All The Young Dudes, a world­wide hit for any num­ber of acts, ex­cept the master of rein­ven­tion him­self.

But that pretty well sums him up: a mu­si­cian and artiste for all peo­ple and all time.

Just for one night, how­ever, we had savoured a re­minder of the phe­nom­e­non that was the in­com­pa­ra­ble David Bowie.

We even had an in­ter­mis­sion with ice cream. Now there’s a throw-back to the good old days.

Lau­rence Knight as David Bowie

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