David Bowie 2003-10-07 Copenhagen ,Forum (Borg Master) – SQ 8,5
102 New Killer Star.flac
106 Battle For Britain.flac
107 Fall Dog Bombs The Moon.flac
108 Breaking Glass.flac
111 The Man Who Sold The World.flac
112 Hallo Spaceboy.flac
113 Under Pressure.flac
115 Bring Me The Disco King.flac
201 Shell Drive The Big Car.flac
202 Ashes To Ashes.flac
203 Never Get Old.flac
204 Pablo Picasso.flac
205 Fantastic Voyage.flac
206 Im Afraid Of Americans.flac
207 Rebel Rebel.flac
210 Slip Away.flac
211 Hang On To Yourself.flac
212 Lets Dance.flac
213 Ziggy Stardust.flac
Label: No label
Audio Source: audience
Taper: Borg (*see notes)
Total running time: 2:21:59=1
Note: Good quality audience recording – I’d give it SQ 8,5
This one is probably not the best of the Copenhagen recordings but it is a nice alternative. It seems to be recorded from a bit further back and does not suffer from the centre Row5 Bowienet screamers! There is enough crowd noise to add atmosphere but not so much as to be distracting. The only place that the quiet audience falls down is whilst the PA had failed during Slip Away. I was fortunate enough to have been able to be at this show and had a really great time. I remember thinking that if that early morning Easyjet flight to Copenhagen had gone down in the North Sea, there would have been some big gaps in the front centre block of the audience! Lovely city, great show.
David Bowie opened his ?A Reality World Tour’ with a two and a half hour show packed with surprises at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark last night. He played an incredible 27 songs including material from the pan European no 1 album Reality plus a selection of songs from throughout his career.
The tour, which lasts for seven months, reaches 16 countries and hundreds of thousands of people, will feature an ever-changing set list. Bowie is looking to change the songs he?s performing every night to make the shows more organic and real for the fans. With this in mind, Bowie is taking the groundbreaking step of inviting every ticket holder to join him on a ?Virtual Reality? tour of the entire world. Each person who attends the shows has a code on their tickets and once this has been entered on Bowienet (www.davidbowie.com) it entitles the ticket holder to follow the entire world tour online with exclusive footage and audio from all of the stops along the way from Denmark to Denver and from Tokyo to Glasgow.
Those present last night would have witnessed a dramatic start to the show utilising one of the biggest LED screens ever taken on tour, which kicked into life revealing David and his musicians in animated form. The band then kicked in with a spectacular version of ?New Killer Star?, the lead off track from the hit album Reality. Next up was Afraid, followed by the classic Fame co-written with John Lennon.
David was wearing Victorian Biker, deconstructed look, and sounding on top form. He was totally relaxed with the crowd, even stopping to congratulate one couple on their 25th wedding anniversary! Behind him a black and white split screen added to the drama of the moment, and the screens high above the stage gave it the feel of a boxing match. The crowd were on their feet from early in the show, and it stayed that way right through to the very end.
Bowie and his crack band continued to mix together classics such as Rebel Rebel, Changes – which he introduced as ?that David Essex song? – and a brilliant Under Pressure with Gail Ann Dorsey sharing vocals, to fan favourites such as Fantastic Voyage as well as tracks from Heathen. Live it was the songs from Reality that provided the real highlights of the night. The forthcoming single Never Get Old and the epic Bring Me The Disco King featuring some incredible keyboard work from Mike Garson were received ecstatically by the sell-out crowd as modern classics.
A storming version of the album?s title track saw the enormous LED screens coming into their own once more showing an extraordinary psychedelic graphic and “CCTV” footage of the band provided by tiny “lipstick” cameras hidden around the stage.
Other highlights included an awesomely powerful I?m Afraid Of Americans with great animation imagery playing behind the band and a fantastic finale including “Heroes” which received a thunderous ovation, a rocking Hang On To Yourself, Let?s Dance and a show stopping Ziggy Stardust. Bowie was clearly moved by the response and told the audience how in these difficult times it felt very important to him that he and his band were able to be there singing for them .
The tour continues through Europe throughout October and reaches Bowie?s homeland of the UK in mid November. From there he proceeds to the USA in December and will include prestigious shows at New York?s Madison Square Garden and the Legendary Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Tonight’s Stockholm show did include the nightly set changes as promised in the press release… and this is how it went:
So that means that Afraid, Fall Dog Bombs The Moon, Reality, Changes, The Man Who Sold The World and She’ll Drive The Big Car were dropped for tonight’s show, while Loving The Alien and Days were new additions to this evening’s set.
David made mention of Copenhagen resident Link Wray during tonight’s show, whose Rumble is occasionally played by David and the band during rehearsals. He also mentioned what a big fan Pete Townshend is of the king of instrumental cool. In fact Pete has said of Link Wray: “He is the King; if it hadn’t been for Rumble, I would have never picked up a guitar.”
I did speak with David about Mr Wray yesterday and he explained that the man is having a tough time of things in Copenhagen… Perhaps his agent should have a listen to Killer In The Home by Adam and The Ants and see if he’s owed any royalties!
A more light-hearted moment during tonight’s show was during Rebel Rebel when David sang the immortal line: “You’ve got your mother in a whirl, she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a squirrel.” Personally, I was pleased to learn this as it meant that I hadn’t been hearing things during rehearsals in Brussels… well, you know how it is, some people hear what they want to hear.
I look forward to Friday’s set list from Helsinki with keen anticipation. Stay tuned to BowieNet for more pictures and stuff from David Bowie’s A Reality World Tour.