January 8th 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of David Bowie.
January 2017 marks another anniversary. One week after Bowie’s 30th birthday he released the most astounding album of an already astonishing career – Low.
So January seems an apt time to celebrate the songs of Bowie in a very special run of shows around the country. With musical director Mick Harvey (Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds/ PJ Harvey/ Birthday Party) at the helm, this tribute to this most esoteric and revered era of David Bowie’s work features esteemed vocalists Kylie Auldist, Dave Graney, Ron Peno, Kim Salmon and Max Sharam.
Following the glam-bam of the Ziggy, the dystopian Diamond Dogs and the funk soul of Young Americans, Bowie signalled his back-to-Europe intent with Station To Station, but no-one was prepared for what was to come.
The Berlin Trilogy encapsulated some of Bowie’s most thought provoking work. Recorded with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti, and with contributions from Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, Iggy Pop & Adrian Belew, Bowie’s music of the late 70’s evoked glacial images of isolation and loss of identity set against the barbed-wire bleakness of the Berlin Wall.
Low featured 7 sharp rock-pop stabs on side one and a stark soundtrack of pain on the flipside. It was an album that confounded and mesmerised, splitting fans and critics alike.
The highpoint of this era is the Krautrock influenced Heroes featuring the motoric ‘V2-Schneider’, the sweeping atmospherics of ‘Sense Of Doubt’ and of course the ground breaking title track, one of Bowie’s greatest hit singles.
The finale of the trilogy, Lodger, saw the world weary traveler in search of stability in a world spinning out of control, and features classics such as ‘DJ’, ‘Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Boys Keep Swinging’.
Tickets on sale Friday 11th November to see some of Australia’s finest artists of our time take a trip to the classic work of Bowie in the 70’s.
BOWIE IN BERLIN TOUR DATES
Friday January 6th – Brisbane, Triffid
Saturday January 7th – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Sunday January 8th – Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Saturday January 14th – Perth, Regal Theatre