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Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon David Bowie. A must see for all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.
Bowie Experience continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail, bringing the golden years of David Bowie to theatres across the globe. So, put on your red shoes and Let’s Dance!
ABOUT DAVID BOWIE
Whether you’re a music connoisseur or you just know a good song when you hear one, it’s probable that David Bowie has been part of your playlist at some point in your life. Having a career that spanned many decades while remaining robust and creative ensured David Bowie has been recognised as one of the most influential and radical artists to derive from the UK.
The Early Years
David Bowie was born as David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 and grew up in Brixton, South London. Bowie had shown his musical aspirations early on, learning to play saxophone at the age of 13 as well as looking up to his older brother, Terry, who introduced his younger sibling to the eclectic world of beat-literature and rock music.
Despite the positive influence Terry had on Bowie’s music progression, he also harboured his own demons. Terry also suffered with mental illness, which saw him committed to an institution, something that would haunt Bowie for years to come.
Following his graduation from Bromley Technical High School, Bowie began to explore the musical world and was part of many groups, including the fronting of a group known as ‘Davy Jones and the Lower Third.’ Although there were a number of singles released during this period, Bowie felt that he wasn’t gaining enough traction to become the artist he wanted to be.
Aware that the name ‘Davy Jones’ could confuse him with the Monkees’ band-member, Bowie adopted the surname that is now a permanent fixture in the world of music.
However, success wasn’t overnight, and following an unsuccessful solo launch in 1967, Bowie actually exited the music scene for a couple of years, and even spent several weeks living in a Buddhist monastery. He has also started a mime troupe, known as ‘Feathers.’
However, 1969 would see Bowie return and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
‘Space Oddity’ was the single that propelled Bowie into the limelight, with Bowie citing a mixture of marijuana and Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Oddity’ as the foundations for the song. The song was used extensively by the BBC when it was used to promote the Apollo 11 landings. The track would later become a hit in the US upon its re-release in 1974.
A Change of Persona
Despite the success of ‘Space Oddity,’ Bowie recognised the need for a persona, especially after speaking to Marc Bolan, an old friend of Bowies who was quickly gaining recognition as a rising glam-rock stock. Bowie would go on to join Bolon on stage, as well as work with Bolan’s producer, Tony Visconti.
While working with Visconti, Bowie would go on to release ‘The Man Who Sold the World in 1970,’ which would include ‘All The Madmen,’ a tribute to Bowie’s brother. In 1971 he would release 'Hunky Dory' which featured ‘Changes,’ which would become Bowie’s theme in years to come.
1972 saw the release of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ and introduced fans to a new persona, a messianic glam rock star that would combine glitter and retro futurism with cleverly-constructed songs. The release of ‘Aladdin Sane’ in 1973 was the album that saw Bowie emerge as a star in the US, seeing him write and produce ‘All The Young Dudes’ for Mott the Hoople, as well as producing the album ‘Transformer’ for Lou Reed.
The Ziggy Stardust moniker was dropped when Bowie announced his retirement from live performing before heading to Paris to record ‘Pin Ups,’ a 1973 album that saw Bowie cover tracks from artists including Pink Floyd and The Easybeats.
Throughout the 70s Bowie would go on to release ‘Fame,’ Bowies first number one in the US which saw him become a US icon, even leading him to reside there for some time. Following a title role in Nicolas Roeg’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and a high-charting album entitled ‘Station to Station,’ Bowie would go on to star in a number of movies and release more albums that went on to Clarify Bowie as one of the most important artists to date.
1980 saw the release of ‘Scary Monsters,’ an album that looked to update Bowies original ‘Space Oddity.’ Three years later would see Bowie release ‘Let’s Dance,’ an album that proved that Bowie was able to adapt to the 80s just as easily as he did in the 70s. The 80s also saw Bowie star in ‘Labyrinth,’ a fantasy-drama that has achieved cult status, mostly due to Bowie’s portrayal of the Goblin King.
The 90s would see Bowie create a side-project with musicians Reeves Gabrels, Tony Fox Sales and Hunt Sales known as ‘Tin Machine.’ The musical combo helped revitalise Bowie’s languishing career, and went on to sell two-million albums. Still remaining an icon, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bowie’s Recent Years
Bowie suffered a heart attack in 2004, but went on to make a full recovery. Not being one to stand still, Bowie propelled himself into his work and worked with Arcade Fire and even worked with Scarlett Johansson on her ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ album.
Bowie received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award before flying below the music radar for some years. However, you can’t keep a good artist down and soon he blew fans away with the release of ‘The Next Day’ in 2013, as a well as a greatest hits collection the following year.
2015 saw Bowie contribute to the musical ‘Lazarus’ which shone the spotlight on his character from ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth.’
Bowie’s last album was ‘Blackstar’ released in 2016. Not only was it seen as dark, but rewarding, but fans soon learnt that the album was recorded during Bowie’s 18-month battle with cancer, making ‘Blackstar’ one of the most important albums of Bowie’s career.
Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016 much to the dismay of his fans and those he had influenced throughout the years. Iconic music stars spoke of how he was the most important songwriters to grace the world of music, and how he lived for his fans. His parting gift of ‘Blackstar’ only went on to concrete these claims.
Bowie Experience is a spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits - celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon. An unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let's Dance..
Bowie Experience is the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail.
For the authentic Bowie Experience with all the hits from A to Ziggy - this show is a must-see for all Bowie fans and those absolute beginners out there.