April 29, 1997: Linda Scott of the Hull City Council Tourism Marketing Section (wow! are we getting famous?) sent me confirmation of the Mick Ronson Benefit concert. Here are the details:
Tickets are on sale as of today (29 April). In addition, the stage dedication and an open air concert will be held Sunday 12 noon - 8 p.m. in the Provisional Queens Gardens, Hull City Centre.
- Date: Saturday, 9th August 1997
- Place: Hull Arena
- Price: £20
- Contact: Tel: 01482 325252
April 28, 1997: A rare co-authored Bowie track from the 1960s has been released on the new "lounge music revival" disc Another Crazy Cocktail Party - Shake Your Congas. (Information from Erick Haight).
April 27, 1997: Rumour has it that the Deram Anthology which will feature 26 tracks from the period 1966-68 (for which Dave Priest previously organized a petition) is set to be released June 2, marking the 30th anniversary of the original release of David's debut album.
April 25, 1997: Jeremy Thompson sent me the following April 23 excerpt from that bastion of journalism, the Toronto Sun.
"Okay, so it snowed in Toronto last weekend, but the summer oncert season is around the corner. Honest.
Technically it starts Friday with U2's launch of what's expected to be this year's biggest tour -- PopMart -- at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, although the boys from Dublin won't arrive at SkyDome until Oct. 26 and 27.
(Other big tours rumored to hit Toronto in the fall include Van Halen, Shania Twain, David Bowie, Bee Gees and a techno tour featuring the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy.)"
April 22, 1997: Latest word from Bowie's appearance on the UK Channel 5 Jack Docherty show is that Bowie, when asked about the Ziggy rumours, said "About as much chance as a snow flake in Hell... well the hair might though!"
April 20, 1997: Miramax web site mentions that Velvet Goldmine (the film about 70's glam-rockers, including Bowie) is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 1998.
April 19, 1997: Information from Steve is that Bowie and band were at "Elstree" Studio the night of April 17 filming a slot for next week's BBC Top Of The Pops. They performed Dead Man Walking with Bowie wearing his Union Jack coat.
April 17, 1997: David Bowie is supporting the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer and leukemia research by donating to a celebrity auction a drawing and a blue vinyl edition of Blue Jean. You can bid on these and other items at the TJ Martell Foundation site.
April 17, 1997: NME in its preview of the Phoenix Festival repeats the rumours of Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust. Another rumour going around London is that Bowie will be a suprise performer at the Glastonbury Festival, and that he will play Ziggy Stardust for the last time ever.
April 16, 1997: A new album of covers, called The David Bowie Songbook (Connoisseur Society VSOPCD-236) is due to be released in the next couple of weeks. It includes tracks from Mott the Hoople, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Bauhaus and Duran Duran.
April 13, 1997: Q Magazine and MTV Europe have both reported that Bowie has agreed to play at the Elvis Presley tribute concert on August 16 in Wembley Stadium. Others scheduled to play include Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Stevie Winwood, KD Lang and Joni Mitchell.
April 13, 1997: Bowie's contributions to the soundtrack for Danish director Ole Bornedal's new film The Nightwatch have apparently been axed to make the movie more accessible to younger viewers. Kula Shaker is the replacement. Information found on the Metaverse site
April 9, 1997: Rykodisc has released new Au20 24K Gold disc versions of the following Bowie albums: The Man Who Sold The World, Young Americans, Station to Station and Heroes. All of these are available online at CD Universe. In addition, CD Universe currently stocks the German release of the Dead Man Walking single as an import.
April 9, 1997: David has apparently recently made contact again with his producer of many of his albums in the 70's, Tony Visconti, after a hiatus of 14 years.
April 8, 1997: Several Teenage Wildlife readers made it into the special performance by Bowie at Cambridge, MA. Initial reports say it was Reeves and David both performing on acoustic guitar, doing such songs as Dead Man Walking and a country version of Scary Monsters.
April 6, 1997: Iggy and the Stooges Raw Power is to be rereleased on April 22 by Sony Legacy, in a new remixed version. (If you recall, Bowie mixed the original Raw Power album, while this rerelease has been remixed by Iggy.
April 5, 1997: Word comes to me from Rebecca Hayes, Larry Williams and Jim Simpson that Bowie will be performing a private concert called "Breakfast with Bowie" at Smith's Old Bar in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 8?, at around 9 a.m.. Tickets are apparently only available from the radio station 99X in Atlanta.
In a separate event, WBCN in Boston is having a Meet Bowie contest where you submit the question you'd most like to ask Bowie, and if selected you'll hang out with David at Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, MA.
April 3, 1997: David is confirmed as a guest on Conan O'Brien's show on NBC for April 10
April 2, 1997: It was reported on CityTV news (Muchmusic is there) on the weekend of Mar 15th that Bowie was up in Toronto shooting a video for Dead Man Walking. He's working with Floria Sigismondi again.