DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE: Billy Corgan, Robert Smith, Nile Rodgers & more on why they loved the alien...

No other artist has been lauded in Hot Press quite like the Thin White Duke, says Stuart Clark...

It’s telling that in the 25-years I’ve written for Hot Press, no other artist, Michael Jackson, Elvis or John Lennon included, has come up for interview discussion as often as David Bowie. He really is the quintessential musician’s musician.

Morrissey’s not a man to throw compliments around, but he was gushing in his praise for David when Paul Nolan met him in 2008.

“Weirdly,” he revealed, “the very first time my name was printed in the press was in 1972, because I’d entered a competition in Sounds magazine to win the forthcoming David Bowie LP – which was Ziggy Stardust – and I won. I’d bought ‘Starman’ but didn’t know anything about David, and hadn’t even seen a picture of him. I know it’s difficult to imagine for very young people now, but Bowie cropping up on BBC’s Nationwide in 1972 alongside Arthur Scargill and elderly people trapped in their own maisonettes was jaw-dropping.

“He was so important to me because his vocal melodies were so strong and his appearance was so confrontational,” he continued. “Manchester, then, was full of boot boys and skinheads and macho-macho thugs, but I saw Bowie’s appearance as the ultimate bravery. To me, it took guts to be David Bowie, not to be a shit-kicking skinhead in a pack. He just did not care. And all people care to a ridiculous degree – we’re all so frightened and boxed-in. Bowie would roll into Doncaster and Bradford in 1972 looking as he did, and if you had a problem with it then it was your problem, not his. He wasn’t persecuted by anything. It was the people who objected who were persecuted. I was very grateful, even though it wasn’t in my instinct to dress like him or imitate him.”

Asked by yours truly in 2012 whether he’d ever been starstruck, The Cure’s Robert Smith got straight to the point. “Only once,” he said, “which was when David Bowie asked me to play at his birthday party concert in Madison Square Garden. When I walked on to rehearse ‘Quicksand’ with him, it felt like I was dreaming. When he started playing guitar, I thought, ‘This guy’s been my hero since my early teens and it’s just the two of us on this huge, big stage. How the fuck did that happen?’ The stuff you’re into as a kid is always what makes the biggest impression. Bowie, Tommy Cooper, punk exploding... those are the memories you carry with you through life.”

A fan who became a close friend is Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

“I saw him last year, when he played in Chicago,” he told Paul Nolan in 2005. “He was incredible, the best I’d ever heard him sing. It was fantastic, I just loved the shit out of it. He certainly made some phenomenal records, but the thing was that he was a big influence on bands that I love. So I guess you could say that he’s been an indirect influence, in that I love Joy Division as much as I love David Bowie.

“I’ve known him now for 10 or 12 years, and find that the more I run into him, the warmer he gets. Each time you get a little closer to the man. He’s very well-read, he always keeps himself up on culture, and he always has something to say about everything, and that’s my favourite kind of guy. You can talk to David about politics, you can talk to him about Gene Vincent. He’ll hang with you on whatever. He’s very inspiring in that way.”

The profound influence Bowie had on other artists was highlighted again in 2013 when Joe Elliott talked to Roisin Dwyer. “Everything Bowie touched was genius,” he ventured. “He gave Mott a career, he gave Lou Reed his only hit and he helped Iggy along. There was a period when he was influencing everybody. The first song that Def Leppard ever played, when we got together in a rehearsal room, was ‘Suffragette City’.”

When Joe and Bowie’s paths crossed, it was usually on Irish soil.

“The first time, god bless Bono, was when David was in Dublin on the Sound & Vision tour and he came to a party in Bono’s house. He knew I was such a fan, he must have said to David, ‘Give Joe five minutes’. There were about 100 people there, so I had my little meet and greet, like when people meet The Pope or something. He was really sweet! Then I saw him in the Baggot with the first Tin Machine album, and the next time was in the Factory. He remembered me from Bono’s house so we talked and he introduced me to his wife Iman.

“People will be reading this thinking, ‘Oh, he’s Def Leppard, surely he should be talking about Led Zep or Sabbath?’” Joe concluded. “Trust me, I’m more Bowie, Bolan, Mott and Roxy. All that art-rock stuff that blew my mind when I was 12. I just ended up in a rock band!”

Also among the 250 people who managed to blag their way into that legendary 1991 Tin Machine gig was Jerry Fish.

“He’s just the most unassuming, down to earth bloke you’ll ever meet,” Jerry told us a few years back. “That’s kind of a surprise, because you expect him to be some sort of alien. I remember hearing Bowie for the first time, I was a T.Rex fan as a kid in the ‘70s, and Aladdin Sane was in the shops the same time as The Slider. I would’ve been very young, maybe nine or 10 at the time.

“What I love about the modern-day David Bowie is that he embraces technology. You never hear him giving out about it. He’s a today man, he’s a now person.”

Julie Feeney agreed that Bowie’s creative well had never run dry when we rang round in 2013 to find out what Irish musos made of The Next Day.

“He’s touching the core of some very, very deep sadness that he can’t even describe,” she said of his comeback album. “It’s like he’s channeling something from somewhere we can’t even get to. It’s that thing Johnny Cash has on the last ones before he died. I know that’s weird to say because Bowie is the most sprightly person, whatever age he is. I’m not being ageist, but there’s definitely something he’s reaching. You can’t quite put your finger on it. There’s a poignancy and a deep sadness there. I don’t really know any other music that affects me that way.”

Julie’s praise was muted compared to the double Macca-style thumbs-up Noel Gallagher gave it when we met last year in London.

“No word of a lie, until The Next Day came out I didn’t think he’d made a great album,” he insisted. “Like The Who and The Jam, I’d listen to the singles but not the LPs. Bowie did have 15 years to make it, I suppose, but it’s a masterpiece.”

Noel had met Bowie, but only virtually.

“He won a Brit Award for, I dunno, being the Best David Bowie of Alltime, couldn’t be there and asked me and Kate Moss to say something on his behalf, which we did,” he explains. “The next day I’m recovering on the sofa going, ‘Owwwwwwwwww, me head!’ – I hadn’t got back ‘til nine in the morning – and get an email saying, ‘Hi, it’s David. Thanks for the shout out the other night’. I reply going, ‘Fucking nice one, man, blah blah blah’ and we have a kind of 15-minute real-time conversation. I’m thinking, ‘Wow, David Bowie’s in a coffee shop in New York somewhere talking to me. I can live with this!’”

Noel loved the way that David Bowie had taken us all unawares – it’s a trick he was to repeat, of course – with the top secret February 2013 release of The Next Day’s flagship single, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’.

“I came downstairs and my missus, Sara, said, ‘David Bowie’s got a new single out’. I’m like, ‘Are you sure it wasn’t ‘Heroes’?’ She shoots back: ‘I know what fucking ‘Heroes’ sounds like and it isn’t that!’ Nothing will match the jaw-dropping moment of going online and playing ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ for the first time. I’m lying on my bed listening to it, get to the end and think, ‘Hang on, it can’t be that good, I’ve got to listen to it again!’ I must have played the album 20 days in a row when it came out. I obsessed over it.”

Nile, Darling, Listen To This...

Astronaut Dr. Chris Hadfield caused a global sensation in 2013 when during his stint aboard the International Space Station he got his acoustic out and covered ‘Space Oddity’, a favourite song dating back to childhood.

“It started out as a project with my son,” Major Chris told Hot Press the following year. “It then turned out to be far more beautiful and musically interesting than either of us thought it was going to be. From there, it grew into some kind of viral, worldwide – how would I put it? – phenomenon. It has been exactly a year since I laid down the first vocal track. Even now, watching and listening to it, I’m really delighted with how it turned out. It is inherently beautiful and interesting.”

Hadfield admitted to getting a bit teary when Bowie responded with a ‘Hallo Spaceboy...” tweet.

“Well, I’ve been a musician my whole life,” he resumed. “I’ve fronted bands since the early ’90s, in and around the Houston area. I’ve played countless pubs. I’ve sung solo in front of huge crowds. But there’s something bizarre about having the music that I did recognised by someone who is in the upper echelons – the highest rarified atmosphere – of musical art, as David Bowie is. And not only that, but to receive compliments from him! Ya know, he said it was the best cover of the song he’s ever heard. For me, it’s really just heartwarmingly delightful that he liked it.”

Bowie’s film director son, Duncan, has tended to shy away from talking about his megastar dad. But in 2009, he did talk to then-Hot Press film critic, Tara Brady: “There have been times in my life when I’ve struggled with it, but I am my father’s son. I was brought up by him and I was surrounded by the things that he loved. We bonded over literature and movies. We watched films together all the time.”

When I spoke to him in 2005, Moby seemed to believe that Bowie was immortal. Sadly it’s proven not to be the case.

“The thing about David is that he’s a survivor,” he opined. “No matter what life throws at him, he comes back stronger than before, which is a quality I very much aspire to myself. When I was growing up, my heroes were Bowie, The Clash and New Order. The records he made while he was in Berlin, Low and Heroes, are among the most influential of all time.”

I asked him to compare and contrast Bowie with Bono, both of whom Moby had encountered during his – and their – partying days.

“With Bono you get the feeling that there’s no artifice,” he ventured. “When you hang out and talk to him he’s just being himself. David’s very guarded. You always get the sense that there’s a slight detachment. The key difference being, he’s made a career out of playing characters, while Bono’s made a career out of playing himself.”

Placebo’s love of Bowie came with a side-order of jealously, as leader Brian Molko explained to Hot Press in 2001.

“You see him with a beautiful wife, a gorgeous baby and all that money, and think ‘bastard!’” he deadpanned. “He’s someone who stared into the void, and somehow managed to pull himself back without ruining his body. Being around Bowie teaches you a great deal about what it means to be a star. The guy’s worth hundreds of millions of pounds, yet there’s no trace of arrogance. He says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and knows more about music than you, me and everybody we know put together.”

The NME famously arranged in 1993 for Brett Anderson, the pupil, to meet the master. Asked 20 years later by Hot Press what Bowie was like that day, the Suede singer said: “Very sociable. Very friendly. Very supportive. All the very-s!”

Brandon Flowers also had his world comprehensively rocked in 2004: playing at Irving Plaza in New York, he looked up and “saw David Bowie singing along to ‘Mr. Brightside’. I couldn’t believe it! Afterwards he complimented every single one of us individually, and said that he could hear the whole history of rock ‘n’ roll in our songs. He’s a hell of a musician and a hell of a nice guy.”

Shortly after that 2009 interview with The Killers’ mainman, I got to sit down with Nile Rodgers, who eagerly recalled his first 1982 encounter with the Thin White Duke.

“Billy Idol and I popped into this after-hours joint in New York called The Continental – it opened at three or four in the morning – and sitting all by himself at the back of the room was David Bowie,” he beamed. “I’d been a Bowie fan ever since I’d dropped acid with a girl in Miami Beach years before and she turned me on to The Spiders From Mars.”

To underline his devotion to the Jones boy, Rodgers switched into Dick Van Dyke ‘god bless you Mary Poppins’ mode and treated me to a rousing, “Ziggy played geeeetar/Jamming good with weeeeeeird and Gilly/ And the Spidaaaaas from Maaaars!”

He then resumed: “I knew David lived in the same building as myself, Carlos Alomar and Luther Vandross, so I went over and said, ‘Hello neighbour!’ We talked about the friends we had in common – all the Young Americans musicians were people I’d played with in my Apollo Theater and Sesame Street house band days, so there was an instant connection. David called me a few days later and the next thing you know I was flying over to Switzerland to demo this new song he’d written called ‘Let’s Dance’. The first time I got to hear it was when he walked into my bedroom and, brandishing a 12-string folk guitar that only had six strings on it, said: ‘Nile darling, listen to this!’ It was a cool little ditty, but as of yet didn’t have that dancefloor thing going on, so I asked him to let me do an arrangement on it and the rest, as they say, is history!”

The last word fittingly goes to Gerry Leonard who, reflecting on the Bowie legacy, says: “He wove the tapestry. Right to the end he made his own rules. There’ll be a lot of musicians in the future asking, ‘What would David do?’ He’s the library, the reference book, our Oxford English Dictionary.”

 

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Dublin events scheduled to celebrate life of David Bowie

The Lighthouse Cinema and The Sugar Club are among the first to line up events to mark the legend's passing

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From the Hot Press archives - stars discuss David Bowie

Billy Corgan, Morrissey, Robert Smith and Moby are just a few of the artists who spoke to us over the years about the musical icon; we crack open the vault to gather some of the most entertaining, poignant and important recollections

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David Bowie Festival & Vigil, Dublin

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Further tributes pour in to the late, great David Bowie

Old friend Richard Branson, and devoted admirer Joe Elliott have shared their thoughts, as well as some of the cream of Irish music

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Watch: David Bowie’s Most Popular Duets

We take a look at some of David Bowie’s best known and most loved collaboration’s that he has brought us through the years.

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Bono pays tribute to David Bowie

A short and sweet message from the U2 man

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The Rolling Stones, Tony Visconti and Snow Patrol pay tribute to David Bowie

Stars continue to honour the departed superstar

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WATCH: David Bowie through the rock 'n' roll ages

From 'Space Oddity' to 'Lazarus', the Thin White Duke remembered...

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Stars react to the death of David Bowie

From astronauts and actors to musicians and journalists, tributes to the departed Starman are flying in from all over the world

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David Bowie vigil set for Grand Social tonight

Venue for Dublin Bowie Festival will celebrate his incredible night tonight

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David Bowie dies at the age of 69.

The world of music has been left reeling as David Bowie has passed away.

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LISTEN: Full stream of new David Bowie album Blackstar

The long-awaited long player is finally here

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WATCH: David Bowie releases video for Lazarus

The Thin White Duke has unveiled the full promo for his latest single

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UPDATE: David Bowie Releases Another Teaser For 'Lazarus'

We are just days away from the release of the singer's new album

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David Bowie Shares New Single 'Lazarus'

The Thin White Duke has released an early Christmas present for music fans everywhere.

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Bowie Teases Second Track From New Album Blackstar

Columbia Records have teased the track 'Lazarus' on its YouTube channel.

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David Bowie to release new single 'Lazarus' this Friday

'Lazarus' will be the second track to be released from his forthcoming album Blackstar.

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David Bowie's Forthcoming Album Features James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy brings his own brand of idiosyncratic percussion to Bowie's hotly anticipated new album.

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WATCH: New David Bowie video

The 'Blackstar' promo is stunning!

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New David Bowie album out January

With a single premiering tonight!

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WATCH: The Last Panthers sneak peek features song by David Bowie

The upcoming European crime drama will be released through Sky Atlantic on November 12

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David Bowie to release Blackstar album + a classic Hot Press interview

There's a single in November with the parent LP following in 2016 on his birthday

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WATCH: David Bowie scores the music for the Last Panthers opening credits

The still Thin White Duke is in top soundtracking form!

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David Bowie supplies the theme for new Sky Atlantic blockbuster

The Jones boy and The Last Panthers are hitting screens in November

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David Bowie to release Five Years 1969-1973 boxset

The new box set documenting Bowie's long career is due out on CD, vinyl and digitally this September

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New David Bowie box set on the way this autumn

FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973 charts the Star Man's early days. PHOTO CREDIT: Brian Ward

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David Bowie book edited by Limerick academics

University of Limerick sees book emerge from 2012 conference

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Irish playwright working with David Bowie

Enda Walsh is collaborating with the Jones boy on a The Man Who Fell To Earth spin-off

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Archive Articles: Happy Birthday David Bowie

We dig into the Hot Press vaults and present a vintage interview with the iconic musician and a recent chat with his right-hand man.

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Bowie associates to perform classic album in Dublin

There’s some excellent pre-Christmas news for David Bowie fans with former Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey, producer Tony Visconti and Heaven 17 man Glenn Gregory announcing a June 24 visit to the Dublin Olympia.

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David Bowie 'Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)' - Track Review

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LISTEN: New David Bowie song

'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore' is the provocatively named track that has debuted on BBC Radio 6 Music.

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LISTEN: New David Bowie song

'Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)' is streaming online now.

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David Bowie reveals new album artwork

Nothing Has Changed gets its release next month and includes the track, 'Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)'

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David Bowie reveals compilation artwork

For his forthcoming 'best of'...

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David Bowie announces new single, massive compilation

'Sue' will feature on Nothing Has Changed

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David Bowie tribute tomorrow night

All-star line-up pay tribute to the Thin White Duke

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David Bowie confirms new material is on the way

The Thin White Duke has stopped being quite so cryptic and promised new music "soon".

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RECORD STORE DAY: David Bowie Release Plans

Plans special picture discs.

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WATCH: Bowie in Louis Vuitton short film

The Thin White Duke confirms his "fashion icon" credentials in a new ad for the French designer.

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David Bowie to return to the stage?

Could the Thin White Duke be coming out of live retirement?

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LISTEN & WATCH: David Bowie unveils four new tracks + video

Four new tracks from the expanded edition of David Bowie’s The Next Day have appeared online.

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David Bowie to release The Next Day special edition

'The Next Day Extra' hits this November...

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WATCH: New Bowie video

'Valentine's Day' is the latest single released from his The Next Day.

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David Bowie pays tribute to bassist Trevor Bolder

The former Spiders From Mars man sadly passed away yesterday...

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Astronaut performs Bowie classic from outer space

Chris Hadfield is the first person to record a music video in outer space...

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Catholic League attack Bowie's latest video

It seems the veteran artist can still conjure up controversy.

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David Bowie unveils controversial Next Day vid

The Thin White Duke's run of cinematic promos continues...

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Bowie breaks silence on new album

... In the form of a cryptic 42 word description of The Next Day

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The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

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The Sane Event

The classic image of David Bowie from Aladdin Sane is part of a major visual celebration of the singer at the Victoria and Albert Museum...

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David Bowie Goes No.1 In Ireland

The Next Day goes straight in at the top of the Irish album chart...

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David Bowie: The Next Day

Brilliant comeback from rock icon...

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David Bowie's Wife Hints at Upcoming World Tour

Supermodel Iman makes comments that suggest a Bowie world tour...

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About A Bowie

It had been years since anyone had heard from David Bowie, the rock icon who seemed happier to fade away rather than burn out. But suddenly, in January, came a new single with his first album in a decade to follow. Stuart Clark reflects on the Thin White Duke’s remarkable career, and then talks to his right-hand man, Dubliner GERRY LEONARD, about 2013’s most-anticipated return.

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David Bowie streaming new album

Check out The Next Day ahead of its official release date...

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David Bowie's back: New Hot Press in shops today!

Inside we've got a David Bowie feature, Johnny Marr, Cillian Murphy, Stereophonics, James Blake, Passenger and Gabrielle Aplin...

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WATCH: New Bowie video

Tilda Swinton stars in the promo for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

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Where Are We Now?

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Track of the fortnight: David Bowie

We've also reviewed new music from Little Green Cars, ASIWYFA, Atoms For Peace and Femmepop...

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Bowie Producer Opens Up On New Album

David Bowie's long-time producer Tony Visconti has spoken about new album The Next Day...

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LISTEN: Bowie is back

He has a new track you can listen to now and a new album coming in March.

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When Hot Press met David Bowie

Stuart Clark sat down with the legendary singer in 1999...

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Celebrate Bowie's birthday

As the Thin White Duke turns 65...

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Bowie set to release Live In Dublin DVD

Those in attendance at Bowie's Point shows last year will soon be able to relive the memories on DVD

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David Bowie

Normally I’m of the opinion that God’s a bit of a bastard, but today all he/she/it has done is smile on the House of Clark..

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Bowie to headline Witnness 2004?

Good news for Glaswegians today may signal great news for Irish fans tomorrow, as David Bowie confirms for T In The Park

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Bowie takes Dublin by Storm

The 16,000 fans who attended David Bowie's Point Theatre gigs (pics Roger Woolman) will be able to see themselves on the telly next year. Yup, the Thin White Duke has decided to immortalise the Dublin leg of his Reality World Tour on DVD.

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Reality

Instead of trying to be self-consciously cutting edge, Bowie spends most of his 26th studio album belting out orthodox rock ‘n’ roll songs with a band that includes long-time friend, producer and vibemaster Tony Visconti.

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Play it again, Dave!

Well, ok then: Second David Bowie date announced for Dublin's Point Theatre

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David Bowie to play Dublin

The still-Thin White Duke brings his 'A Reality Tour' to The Point

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Remember this classic album: David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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Remember this classic album: David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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Everyone Says Hi

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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

Although this 30th anniverary edition of the album doesn't actually add a lot more to the already expanded edition released over ten years ago, it does remind you again of its classic status

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Heathen

Heathen may not be the spectacular return to form that some people are claiming, but it’s certainly a far more cohesive affair than its predecessors, Earthling and …hours, which both buckled under the weight of their experimentation.

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All Saints - Collected Intrumentals 1977-99

Drawing heavily on his Berlin, post Thin White Duke period and the albums Heroes and Low in particular, All Saints is something of a mixed bag.

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Bowie At The Beeb

Hey pop pickers, get a load of this. 37 classic performances from the thin white duke, recorded at the then fledgling BBC Radio 1 studios between 1968 and '72, as the whole world went Hunky Dory.

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Wowed By Bowie

A new album, an exclusive gig and opinions on Velvet Goldmine, the Internet and life, love and happiness. STUART CLARK meets the legendary DAVID BOWIE.

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Buddha Of Suburbia

KATE BUSH: “Moments Of Pleasure” (EMI); DAVID BOWIE: “Buddha Of Suburbia” (Arista)

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Bowie - The Singles Collection

DAVID BOWIE: "Bowie - The Singles Collection" (EMI)

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Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Just one theory, that's all. Just one… David Bowie, a man of many facets, facades, both factional and fictional.

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