Saturday, January 08, 2005

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

David Bowie is my favorite performer of all time, and today is his birthday. He is now 58 years old. It's hard to believe. I saw him about a year ago on his "A Reality Tour" at Madison Square Garden. He was more energetic and rocked harder than the vast majority of performers half his age. I first discovered Bowie in high school, when I bought his greatest hits collection "ChangesOneBowie." I became addicted and started buying his back catalog during my college years. The first time I saw him live was in 1982, for his "Serious Moonlight" tour. The show was quite theatrical, as all Bowie shows tend to be, and quite enjoyable. I even continued to stick with him though his creative lean years (mainly the late 1980's and early 1990's), although I feared that he had finally become creatively tapped out. My fear was alleviated in 1995, when Bowie released 1.Outside, a concept album about the end of the millenium and then toured with Trent Reznor. I saw the show in Cleveland that year, and it was great.

There was a bit of a scare over last summer, when Bowie suffered chest pains and had to undergo angioplasty on an urgent basis. Sadly, I had been expecting something like this for a while, as Bowie has smoked rather heavily for thirty years. It was a shame, because Bowie had been enjoying a renaissance, with consecutive albums released in 2002 and 2003 (Heathen and Reality) that were the first albums in a long time that compared favorably to his classic albums from the 1970's. Not only that, he had been putting on a really killer tour. Fortunately, I got the chance to see him and be blown away. Although all indications are that he's made a complete recovery, it is unknown when he will put out another album or tour.

So, here's wishing David Bowie (née David Jones) a happy 58th birthday, with hopes that he can get back to doing what he does best in 2005!

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At 2/05/2005 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...

I wonder if there might be another talented and impressive individual born on the 8th of January?

 

At 2/05/2005 1:37 PM, Blogger Orac said...

You mean Elvis?

 

At 2/06/2005 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elvis, yes.

Soupy Sales is another.

...but this particular individual heppens to be much closer to you. In fact, I believe you may share a certain genetic make-up. Surprisingly, there was no mention of this person, and the fact that she shares the birthday of your "favorite performer of all time."

This person remained in the womb, sacrificing one to two days of her life, simply to be born on the same date of the person she predicted would ultimately become your very addictive (and smoking) renaissance man. This will forever serve as a connection of sorts between reality...and your dream filled addiction.

The above should make you feel very important.

...all of the sacrifices and the giving. When will our dear talented and impressive individual, born on the 8th of January, receive?

 

At 2/07/2005 8:51 AM, Blogger Orac said...

Hmmm.

Keep an eye on this blog tomorrow and you'll see...

 

At 2/07/2005 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh-oh.

 

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