David Bowie 1997-01-09 New York ,Madison Square Garden – Madison Square Garden 1997 – (50th Birthday Concert) – (Wardour-344) –
Sound Quality Rating
102. Little Wonder.flac
103. The Hearts Filthy Lesson.flac
104. Telling Lies.flac
105. Battle for Britain (The Letter).flac
106. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (w, Frank Black).flac
107. Fashion (w, Frank Black).flac
108. Hallo Spaceboy (w, Foo Fighters).flac
109. Seven Years In Tibet w, Dave Grohl).flac
110. The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty).flac
111. I’m Afraid of Americans (w, Sonic Youth).flac
201. Band Introductions.flac
203. The Man Who Sold The World.flac
204. The Last Thing You Should Do (w, Robert Smith).flac
205. Quicksand (w, Robert Smith).flac
206. Queen Bitch (w, Lou Reed).flac
207. Waiting for the Man (w, Lou Reed).flac
208. Dirty Boulevard (w, Lou Reed).flac
209. White Light White Heat (w, Lou Reed).flac
210. Looking for Satellites.flac
211. Under Pressure.flac
212. Moonage Daydream.flac
213. Happy Birthday (by Gail).flac
214. All the Young Dudes (w, Billy Corgan).flac
215. The Jean Genie (w, Billy Corgan).flac
216. Space Oddity.flac
217. Radio Ending.flac
Label : Wardour – 344
Audio Source : German FM Broadcast
Lineage : NDR2 Radiokonsert FM DAT Master
Taping Gear : Unknown
Recording Location: Unknown
Total running time : 2:01:17
Sound Quality : Excellent quality! Equals record or radio
Attendance : Unknown
Artwork : Yes
Notes:This is a reworked version of the older “Coca Cola Planet Live” release of the radio broadcast masters, which is easily told because the tracks are in the wrong order.
Whilst this is an okay version, to my ears the best version is still the “Save The Children” release by quite some distance.
David Bowie and his contingency of superstar guests blew the big steel doors off of Madison Square Garden on January 9, 1997 during his 50th birthday bash. The supporting cast included such luminaries as Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Smith of the Cure, and Lou Reed.
During the opening number, “Little Wonder” (from the forthcoming Earthling album),a transparent screen, on which videos were superimposed, hung at stage front. Midway through the song, the screen lifted, allowing a clearer view of the band. Bowie looked elegant as hell, dressed in a knee-length jacket over an otherwise all-black outfit, sporting a well-trimmed goatee and a spiked coif of flaming red hair.
After a couple more songs, among them “Scary Monsters,” the guests started to filter in, including the Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth and Robert Smith. Needless to say, the biggest response was awarded to “the King of New York” (Bowie’s words), Lou Reed.
In 1979, Jean Rook, of the Daily Express, asked him how he would face up to being 50 years old. “I shall welcome it, Lord yes,” Bowie responded. “Pop stars are capable of growing old. Mick Jagger at 50 will be marvelous — a battered old rouÈ — I can just see him.
An aging rock star doesn’t have to opt out of life. When I’m 50, I’ll prove it.”