2 Shades of Grey

Songs from the soundtrack of your life

David Bowie in Manchester 2003

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SCAN0156It was in Manchester in November 2003 at the Manchester Arena. The whole family went. He was promoting his Reality album which I don’t think was his greatest but he was a great performer.

The show got a 4 star review in the Guardian at the time praising him for his voice range (he apparently hadn’t sung the high notes in “China Girl” since he’d recorded it until this tour) and appearance.

After previously saying he wouldn’t be playing his old hits as he was retiring his back catalogue he obviously changed his mind as he performed songs such as “Rebel Rebel” “The Man who sold the World” “Life on Mars” “Changes” “Ashes to Ashes” and even “Under Pressure“.

The reviewer also conceded that there was no evidence of his being a psychologically disturbed cocaine addict or occult-crazed madman!

He did however – on the eve of President Bush’s visit – sing “I’m afraid of Americans“. The reviewer Dave Simpson summed it up as “predictable but glorious entertainment”. 

Fair enough but time to move on.

We’ve just lost Glenn Frey after all. Let me think, I saw him at Huddersfield with the Eagles on the Hell Freezes Over tour…


Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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