David Bowie is coming to Toronto this fall. Sort of. Read on.

bowie-home-slide-announcement-creditNo,  it’s not the concert tour his fans have been hoping for following the release of  The Next Day, his first album of new material in a decade. But maybe it’s the next best thing.

Opening September 25th and running until November 27th at the Art Gallery of Ontario, David Bowie is is an art exhibition featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive. It will include a  multi-media show highlighting Bowie’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film. The AGO is the exhibition’s first stop on its world tour. The exhibit originated at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England.

David Bowie is will be on view on the fourth and fifth floors of the AGO’s contemporary tower. In addition to Bowie’s own handwritten set lists, lyrics, diary entries, instruments and sketches, the show highlights the many artists who have collaborated with the culture chameleon over the years. The collection includes:

• More than 50 stage costumes including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti;
• Music videos by David Mallet including Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983);
• Set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974);
• Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973); 
• Photographs by Helmut Newton, Brian Duffy and John Rowlands;
• Album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; and
• Excerpts from films and live performances including Top of the Pops (1972), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979).

Keep your fingers crossed that maybe the man himself will show up for the opening. Still hoping for that tour annoucement though…

Happy Friday. What are you listening to?

ipod-classic-accessories-3Haven’t posted one of these in awhile, so here’s what I’ve been listening to in shuffle mode today as I get ready for a couple of days off. Enjoy, and hope everyone has a great weekend.

As of the time of this posting, here are the last 15 to come up in the rotation.

1. Alert Status Red–Matthew Good

2. Shine a Light–The Rolling Stones

3. That Lady (Parts 1 & 2)–The Isley Brothers

4. Afternoon-Pat Metheny Group

5. Perfect Stranger–Cheap Trick

6. Open All Night-Bruce Springsteen

7. You Really Got Me–The Kinks (One From The Road version)

8. Two of Us–The Beatles

9. Spy In The House of Love–Was (Not Was)

10. Bitch–The Rolling Stones

11. You Got Lucky–Tom Petty

12. Spar Wid Me–The English Beat

13. Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes–Los Lobos

14. V-2 Schneider–David Bowie

15. What Makes You Think You’re The One–Fleetwood Mac

David Bowie has a new disc coming. Will he tour? Here’s hoping. In the meantime, here’s a look back 30 years.

Scan12-david-bowie-080208July 13, 1983 (Montreal Forum)

With the announcement last month that Bowie is finally coming out with a new album, and with his legion of longtime fans hoping for a return to the road, I thought I’d take a look back 30 years ago to 1983 when Bowie released the album that would go on to become his biggest seller, Let’s Dance. It was a massive hit driven by three outstanding singles which were also the first three cuts on the album, ‘Modern Love”, “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance.” It also featured a still relatively unknown lead guitarist (but not for long) by the name of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was supposed to be part of the subsequent tour but contract negotiations fell apart at the last minute and Vaughan was replaced by Earl Slick (another great guitarist), who had previously worked with Bowie in the ’70s and who recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the secret recording sessions for the new album, The Next Day.

The subsequent tour, dubbed the “Serious Moonlight Tour” launched in May in Belgium. The North American leg began July 11th with a show in Quebec City following by two back-to-back shows in Montreal. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the second show. This was an all around great show. Bowie was in top form as was the band. Bonus: he played Station to Station, one of my all-time favourite Bowie cuts.

I’m really looking forward to the new album and keeping my fingers crossed that he decides to hit the road once again. In the meantime, a few tidbits from that 1983 tour:

What are you listening to today? #nowplaying

ipodHere are the last 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

1. Oliver’s Army–Elvis Costello

2. Lord Of The Thighs–Aerosmith

3. The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks–Eagles

4. Mean Disposition–The Rolling Stones

5. Fascination–David Bowie

6. Man On The Corner–Genesis

7. Birds–Elton John

8. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours–Peter Frampton

9. What Do We Do Now–John Hiatt

10. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven–Phil Collins

Montreal gets lone Canadian date for Peter Gabriel mini-tour; new Bowie live disc

Peter Gabriel, whose new all-covers disc “Scratch My Back” hits stores mid-February, will be launching a North American mini-tour this spring in just three cities: Montreal, New York and Los Angeles. It actually comes as no surprise that Gabriel would choose Montreal as the city’s music fans have long had an affinity for the prog-rock sounds of Genesis, Pink Floyd, ELP and the like. Gabriel hits the Bell Centre on April 28th, followed by two shows on New York May 2nd and 3rd and an L.A. show on May 7th. No word on any further dates.

“Scratch My Back” is an all-orchestral covers album (as noted on his website, no drums and no guitars) and includes covers of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)“, Neil Young’s “Philadelphia” and Paul Simon’s “The Boy in the Bubble”. There are also plans for a disc called “I’ll Scratch Yours” featuring covers of Peter Gabriel tunes by those same artists. Ticket info for the Montreal show has not yet been announced.

Gabriel’s cover of “Heroes ” can also be heard on Download To Donate for Haiti, a compilation of as-yet unreleased music with proceeds going to earthquake relief. You can hear “Heroes” and other tracks here.

And speaking of Bowie, his new live double-disc souvenir of his 2003 Reality tour hits stores tomorrow. It contains over 30 tracks including such hits as “Rebel Rebel”, “Changes”, “Ziggy Stardust”, the aforementioned “Heroes” plus selections from his “Reality” disc, which while not up to par with some of his earlier work is actually pretty good. Check out live clips here.

From The Ticket Stub Vault (and Wolfgang’s Vault): David Bowie

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July 13, 1983 (Montreal Forum)

Released in April 1983, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album was a massive hit driven by three outstanding singles which were also the first three cuts on the album, ‘Modern Love”, “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance.” It also featured a still relatively unknown lead guitarist (but not for long) by the name of Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was supposed to be part of the subsequent tour but contract negotiations fell apart at the last minute and Vaughan was replaced by Earl Slick (another great guitarist), who had previously worked with Bowie in the ’70s.

The tour, dubbed the “Serious Moonlight Tour” launched in May in Belgium. The North American leg began July 11th with a show in Quebec City following by two back-to-back shows in Montreal. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for the second show. This was an all around great show. Bowie was in top form as was the band. Bonus: he played Station to Station, one of my all-time favourite Bowie cuts.

So what’s Wolfgang’s Vault, you ask? It’s a place where music fans can go and select from a library of over 2500 concerts from a variety of artists and stream these shows for free. You can create playslists of songs from different concerts for future listening. And some shows can be downloaded for a fee, about 10 bucks. There’s also a store where you can purchase vintage t-shirts, posters and other concert memorabilia. The best part it doesn’t cost anything to listen to the shows. All you have to do is register with an email address and you’re in. And the Bowie show I went to? Yep, it’s on there. In fact both of the Montreal shows from that tour are on there. The site is definitely worth checking out. You never know when you might come across a concert or tour that you got to see live. A link to Wolfgang’s Vault can be found here.

Here are a bunch of great clips of Bowie doing what he does best from that tour.