Taking off and dancing in outer space

A Bowie Celebration

Presented by Barracuda Music, Arena Wien, Austria 20190122


He did invent himself several times. He created music that was ahead of time. And on the movie screens he was beyond fascinating. Shortly after another legend, Lemmy of Motörhead, he left this world – already three years ago. But now his music is back on the stages of the planet.

At the Arena, local musicians around Andy Baum, who sang “Say It In English” together with Danzer and Bär in 1996, already played tribute concerts to David Bowie. Now his former band members and companions play varying sets of his countless big hits. This special night lures many fans into the time-honoured walls, so it appears sold out in the end. But the acoustic is great, and even not actually seeing the stage, it is to dance with high spirit next to the bar in the upper floor.

Bowies last record “Blackstar” was one of a kind, a wonderful goodbye, sad and beautiful, as his amazing “Thursday’s Child” from “Hours” in 1999. This live evening especially lives from his classics. One that lets the guests dance frenetiqually is “Rebel Rebel” from “Diamond Dogs”, where not only tour initiator Mike Garson was on it but also amazing (solo-) guitarist Earl Slick. The outer space, that “The Man Who Fell To Earth” came from had its fascination in the songs too. “Space Oddity” from his second 1969 record lets one take off, as well as the positive vibe of “Starman” from “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”.

The unforgettable guitar of the song “Ziggy Stardust” is one more highlight of the record and the night. The band also serves the disco phase with “Let’s Dance” from 1983 and “Under Pressure” with Queen. Not only is the music delivered perfectly, also the singing is on a high level. And what Lemmy covered last and was released posthumous was the incredible “Heroes”. A celebration that couldn’t be better and hopefully will be seen again.