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:

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Doin’ the iPod Shuffle: The Last 10 Songs Played on my iPod

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Doin’ the iPod shuffle: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

1. Peter Gunn Theme–The Blues Brothers

2. If You Call–Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

3. Surrender–Elvis Presley

4. Little Wing–Stevie Ray Vaughan

5. All Or Nothing At All–Frank Sinatra

6. Honey Where’s The Money Gone–Solomon Burke

7. Caravan–Wes Montgomery

8. Belfast Child–Simple Minds

9. Peace of Mind–Loggins and Messina

10. Something To Talk About–Bonnie Raitt

The “New iPod With More Room = More Music = More Fun!” Shuffle Report

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The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Got a new Ipod for my birthday awhile back and have added a fair bit of music in recent weeks; some old some new-ish so there’s additional music to shuffle through. Plus I haven’t posted about a shuffle report in awhile, so here we go:
1. Too Bad—Doug and The Slugs (Slugcology 101) [They were a great party band.]

2. Skateaway—Dire Straits (Making Movies) [My favourite Dire Straits album.]

3. Don’t Stop By The Creek, Son—Johnny Copeland & Stevie Ray Vaughan (Solos, Sessions and Encores) [If you’re a SRV fan, this one’s worth adding to your collection.]

4. Such A Night—Dr. John (The Ultimate Dr. John) [New Orleans’ finest.]

5. So Far Away—Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms) [The band’s biggest seller.]

6. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)—Aerosmith >(O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits) [At a time when just about everyone thought they were done, 1987’s “Permanent Vacation” proved ‘em wrong.]

7. River Knows Your Name—John Hiatt (Walk On) >[His first of two albums for Capitol. A good album, but better stuff was to come once he switched labels.]

8. Ticket To Ride—The Beatles (Help!) [It’s The Beatles. What else is there to say?]

9. Arizona Dust—Blue Rodeo (The Things We Left Behind) [One of their best albums.]

10. Werewolves of London—Warren Zevon (A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of ) [Say it with me. “Ah-OOOO…”]

The “Monday mid-afternoon, it’s snowing, I’m tired, and just feel like going to bed” Shuffle Report

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The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Crappy day outside, and I’m not feeling great either. Everyone at home has been sick; now it’s my turn I guess. As I try to think of happier thoughts, here are the tunes that came up in the rotation this aft. Now where did I put those damn Ricola lozenges?

1. Me and You (Against The World)—Joe Jackson (Blaze of Glory) [Great late 80’s effort.]

2. Tangled and Dark—Bonnie Raitt (Luck of The Draw) [Solid track from the same album that gave us ‘Something To Talk About.]

3. Can’t Stop Loving You—Joan Armatrading (What’s Inside) [One of my favourite songwriters.]

4. Riviera Paradise—Stevie Ray Vaughan (The Real Deal: Greatest Hits Volume 2) [Love this slow groove instrumental.]

5. Nightrider—Electric Light Orchestra (Face The Music) [Not one of their bigger hits but a great track nonetheless.]

6. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town—Bruce Springsteen [Hey, with the snow that’s falling today, it certainly looks that way. And Bruce’s version of the song is the only one that matters anyway.]

7. You Like Me Too Much—The Beatles (Help!) [Stellar disc start to finish.]

8. Horse With No Name—America (History: America’s Greatest Hits) [70’s AM radio classic.]

9. The Tears of A Clown—Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (The Ultimate Collection) [One of the greatest of the Motown roster of stars.]

10. Kiss—Prince (The Hits 2) [Just a guitar, keyboard and drum machine. Killer.]

The “I really hope this week goes well” shuffle report

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The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

It’s Monday. Here’s hoping the week goes well for everyone. 🙂

Joining me on the subway ride this morning for a little distraction:

1. Taxman—Stevie Ray Vaughan (Greatest Hits) [Great Beatles cover from a phenonmenal bluesman.]

2. It Don’t Hurt—Sheryl Crow (The Globe Sessions) [Really nice tune.]

3. Streets of Philadelphia—Bruce Springsteen (The Essential Bruce Springsteen) [Great song from a great movie.]

4. Code of Silence (Live)—Bruce Springsteen (The Essential Bruce Springsteen) [A killer cut, co-written with the underrated Joe Grushecky].

5. Jesus In A Camper Van—Robbie Willams (The Ego Has Landed) [Throwaway but still fun pop from the Brit whose huge popularity overseas has never quite transferred to North America.]

6. I Love The Rain—Lenny Kravitz (It Is Time For A Love Revolution) [Released in 2008, it was his first decent outing in years. Worth checking out if you like his earlier stuff.]

7. Workin’ Them Angels—Rush (Snakes & Arrows) [You’re in one of two camps: you either love Rush, or you don’t. Ok..I don’t love them, but I do like them. Make that three camps.]

8. The House That Jack Built—Aretha Franklin (30 Greatest Hits) [A must own. Period.]

9. She—Elvis Costello (The Very Best of Elvis Costello) [Originally heard in the film Notting Hill. An interesting side to the former angry young man.]

10. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough—Michael Jackson (The Jacksons Story) [In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion, this is the greatest single of his career.]

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.