David Bowie 1997-07-08 Brescia ,Stadio Mario Rigamonti - SQ 8

David Bowie 1997-07-08 Brescia ,Stadio Mario Rigamonti.  
Sound Quality Rating

01. Quicksand.flac
02. All The Young Dudes.flac
03. Jean Genie.flac
04. Dead Man Walking.flac
05. I’m Afraid Of Americans.flac
06. Battle For Britain.flac
07. White Light White Heat.flac
08. Fashion.flac
09. Seven Years In Tibet.flac
10. Fame.flac
11. Looking For Satellites.flac
12. Under Pressure.flac
13. The Last Thing You Should Do.flac
14. Scary Monsters.flac
15. Hallo Spaceboy.flac
16. Little Wonder.lac
ENCORE
17. V2-Schneider.flac
18. “Heroes”.flac
19. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson.flac
20. O Superman.flac
21. Stay.lac

Label : No label
Audio Source : Audience recording
Lineage : Tape
Taping Gear : Unknown
Taper: Unknown
Recording Location: Unknown
Total running time : 1:53:39
Sound Quality : Noise ,dull ,but still good listened to
Attendance : 8.000
Artwork : None


Earthling Tour, Brescia, Italy 97 Teletutto TV

It didn’t seem too ambitious at the time. David Bowie, London geezer of true legend and genuine musical stature, sets off on a European tour in 1997 and pencils in a 25,000 capacity stadium as his only date in northern Italy. No bother to him to pack it out, n’est ce pas? Well no actually. It would seem that, among the impeccably dressed Italians, the Thin White Duke is held in an esteem a lot lower than in Northern Europe – by the time the day of the gig rolled around only a paltry 7,000 tickets had been shifted.

You’d have expected the decent thing to be done and the gig to be cancelled or at least the venue downgraded for something more intimate, but no, this, it must not be forgotten, was Italy. The wisdom of the promoter saw that the stage was set up right on the lip of the sideline under the shadow of the main stand and in effect rendered the whole football pitch the backstage area. For the punters it provided the strange, but welcome, experience of turning a stadium gig into a cosy intimate affair. One of the better Italian ideas.

Mansun opened the show with a set pulled almost exclusively from their curiously overrated debut album Attack of the Grey Lantern. Largely ignored by the audience, they only managed to elicit a response with a performance of The Chad Who Loved Me that seemed to strive for the status of ‘epic’. In reality it is one of those tunes that hides its inherent ordinariness behind a swathe of orchestral strings.

The tickets might not have done the running-out-the-door thing, but it certainly didn’t phase Bowie who, strolling out in some outrageous flowing Asian threads, started his set with a totally unexpected ‘Quicksand’ from 1970’s Hunky Dory album. All the Young Dudes and Jean Genie completed a great opening hat trick before he delved into the material from the Earthling album.

The criticisms from the drum’n’bass fraternity in the UK that greeted this album were not in evidence that balmy July evening. Bowie and his tight band performed the new material with a confidence and enthusiasm that wasn’t going to make the sallow skin of the locals blanch. But then again the argument goes what would they know, this being the country that considers local boy Robert Miles a vital contribution to cutting edge dance music?

As dusk fell, Bowie’s indulgent love of mixing different media began to manifest itself. Projected images lit up a huge white cotton sheet behind the band. It was not quite Popmart but, to be honest, it did help while the time away during the performances of the constipated material from his 1995 Eno produced Outside album. Nonetheless his use, during a particularly painful and technofied Hallo Spaceboy, of graphic scenes from porn flicks was a bit too indulgent. It certainly wasn’t appreciated by a Bowie fan friend who, bringing his 9 year old son to see his father’s legend in the flesh, got a bit more flesh than he bargained for. But then again, maybe it was a ploy Bowie’s subconscious offered as a distraction from the simple awfulness of the track.

His recent years may have thrown up a few suspicious musical diversions (let’s not even mention the Glass Spider tour) and shady attempts of piggybacking the musical zeitgeist. Yet all it took was one performance of Heroes to restore the faith and remind us that this was the man that fell to earth and saved the seventies.
Eoghan O’Neill

 
 
  
 David Bowie Tour band 1997 Earthling Tour
Superb Bowie Performance From The Earthling Tour. David Bowie’s 20th studio album was originally released in February 1997 on Arista Records. Earthling showcased an electronica-influenced sound partly inspired by the industrial and drum and bass culture of the 1990s. It was the first album Bowie self-produced since 1974’s Diamond Dogs.
The Earthling Tour started on 7 June 1997 at Flughafen Blankensee in Lübeck, Germany, continuing through Europe and North America before reaching a conclusion in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 November 1997. On August 14, ‘97, Bowie performed at Hungary’s Student Island Festival in Budapest, where he put on a quite extraordinary show, accompanied as he was by Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, Zack Alford on drums and Mike Garson on keyboards. Playing just a few tracks from the new record plus a fine selection of back catalogue gems, the entire show was broadcast, both across Eastern Europe and indeed in the US too on selected FM stations. Previously unreleased this remarkable gig is now available on this priceless CD for the first time..

The Tour band
David Bowie: vocals
Reeves Gabrels: guitar, backing vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, vocals
Zachary Alford: drums
Mike Garson: keyboards, backing vocals
Mike Garson: keyboards,
 
 
  

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