March 31st, 2004
Just got back from the Bowie show at the FleetCenter.
This is now the seventh time I've seen him play, and while it wasn't the best of those shows, it was still perfectly enjoyable: I'm glad I went, and I wasn't certain I would be.
Bowie and band seemed in fine fettle: there was plenty of energy up on the stage, and I even enjoyed some of the songs that aren't normally among my favourite entries in the live set ("I'm Afraid of Americans" and "Hallo Spaceboy", fr'instance).
I could have wished for a better venue, though: the FleetCenter is kinda boomy, so the mix wasn't as clear as it should have been. (Loud, yes. Clear, no.) And the seats on the floor were packed so close that there wasn't any room to dance. (For those of you boggling at me and the word "dance" occurring in such close proximity, I do dance at concerts—and particularly Bowie concerts. I just don't dance anywhere else: too damned self-conscious.)
It was nice to go to a concert and not be the oldest person there, or even close (unlike at, say, the Radiohead show I saw a few years back): there were plenty of older fans. And there were lots of parents (wearing '70s or '80s Bowie T-shirts) bringing their kids (wearing '90s or '00s T-shirts) to the show, which was weird but nice. Of the fans younger than me, a significant proportion seemed to belong to the girls-who-grew-up-watching-Labyrinth-entirely-too-often contingent.
Highlight of the show: "Fantastic Voyage" (from Lodger). It's a nostalgic favourite of mine which I've never heard played live before, and Bowie sang it beautifully, in full-on Crooner Mode. Just lovely.
Set list: "Rebel Rebel"; "Hang On To Yourself"; "New Killer Star"; "Fame"; "Cactus"; "Fantastic Voyage"; "All the Young Dudes"; "China Girl"; "Reality"; "The Man Who Sold the World"; "The Loneliest Guy"; "Hallo Spaceboy"; "Sunday"; "Heathen (The Rays)"; "Under Pressure"; "Sound and Vision"; "Days"; "Quicksand"; "Looking For Water"; "Blue Jean"; "Ashes to Ashes"; "Pablo Picasso"; "I'm Afraid Of Americans"; "'Heroes'" [ENCORE] "Five Years"; "Suffragette City"; "Ziggy Stardust".
I didn't go to the concert either, but I have a Bowie icon tooooo!!!!!!!
Yar. I'm in that contingent.
In fact.. I now have it on VHS....
Hey, to each his/her own.
Is that a Cthuloid astronaut eating popcorn??
...a significant proportion seemed to belong to the girls-who-grew-up-watching-Labyrinth-entirely-too-often contingent.
Are you implying that there's something -wrong- with that?
Hmmm? No, no, not at all: far be it from me to object to anything
that leads to the presence of large numbers of youngish fangirls at Bowie concerts. *ahem* :-)
For the record, I saw Labyrinth
while I was in high school, and I own it on DVD. I like the film, and I enjoy Bowie's performance in it. I just haven't watched it thousands and thousands of times... and I don't think I identify with the protagonist quite
as personally as some of my fellow concert-goers seemed to do.
The best was one college-aged girl standing in the pre-concert line a few places ahead of me, who passed the time explaining to her friend — in great detail — exactly what she would have done in Jennifer Connelly's place at the end of the film. Let's just say that for someone wearing an "I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen" T-shirt, she seemed much
more interested in the possibility of being Mrs. Goblin King than in the welfare of the child. Hee, hee.
...David Bowie, who has magical powers which I'm sure could be used in, er, interesting ways.
Must... not... make... "balls"... joke... :-)