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News October 1999

October 31: The Sensation exhibit from Charles Saatchi's British contemporary art collection which caused a ruckus earlier this month is still making headlines. This time it's about the nature of the exhibit's funding at the public Brooklyn Musem. Today's New York Times (registration required) Arts section has an article by David Barstow which examines some of the controversy. Of particular interest is a claim that Bowie pledged $75,000 to help fund the show after other philanthropists refused to put up money which they saw as putting "money into Saatchi's pocket". Bowie also provided the voice-over for the audio tour free of charge and in return Ultrastar Internet Services (the formal company behind BowieNet) was given the rights to put the Sensation exhibit on the Internet.

Barstow writes that Bowie's business manager Bill Zysblat (and co-founder of Ultrastar) says although they paid nothing for the right to put the exhibit on Bowie's Internet site, Ultrastar spent about $70,000 on the technical side. The extra cost didn't go unrewarded though; Zysblat says that the average number of visitors to BowieNet increased 500% in the three weeks after Sensation opened. (Ed: Actual numbers given are 2 million "visitors" per month on average, and 7.5 million in the three weeks after Sensation opened.) Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman Lehman said that the museum recently received Bowie's donation, but declined to reveal the amount. He emphasized that there was no connection between the donation and the decision to give Ultrastar the rights to Sensation.

The blurring of the lines between corporate sponsorship and corporate philanthropy has some museum experts concerned however that public museums are losing their implied trust to display art purely on the basis of artistic merit. Other unusual financial dealings behind the show such as an attempt by the museum to conceal sponsorship by the collection's owner Charles Saatchi brought harsh criticism from academics. Director of the graduate program in museum studies at George Washington University, Ms. Marie Malaro is quoted in the article as saying "If I was on that board, I'd either resign or have the heads of all the staff who are involved."

Link: Exhibit Was Heavily Financed By Those With Much To Gain - New York Times

October 31: The 1999 remix of Under Pressure that we mentioned at the beginning of the month will be released on a new album Queen - Greatest Hits III on November 9. The remix called Under Pressure '99 Rah Mix is a mixture of the original masters along with some new guitar and drums according to the editor of the Queen fan site QueenWorld, and he describes it as "brilliant". There will also be an accompanying Greatest Flix III which includes a new video for Under Pressure.

UPDATE: You can see the entire video and hear the new mix at Virgin Radio's web site.

Queen - GH III

Information from Ralf, Martyn, Paul and Jacqui

October 29: Bowie provided a rousing finale to last night's WB Radio Music Awards with first Thursday's Child and then Rebel Rebel to close out the night. Earlier, Bowie had been presented with his Legend award by none other than Garth Brooks, who appeared genuinely impressed to be given that honour (a tip of the cowboy hat even).

For more snaps from the television broadcast, visit the WB Radio Music Awards page. Be sure to check out Gail Ann's millinery and Emm Gryner's eyeshadow!

Click on picture or here to play

October 28: Remember the Central Park show last month with Sheryl Crow which Bowie was on again, off again and finally didn't appear at. Looks like American Express (the sponsors of that concert) have retained Bowie's services for a concert which will air December 7 as part of their Blue Concert Series. The event is already listed on their web page and has a place to sign up for more information with a chance to win various prizes. The show will air at 10 p.m. ET (and Pacific) (so although it says live, it obviously won't be on the West Coast). It looks like this will be a webcast only event, with Live On Line listing it in their upcoming events.

As always, we'll let you know more as we hear more.

Amex Blue Concert Series
Live On Line

Thanks to BowieWonderworld.com for the pointer.

Information from BowieWonderworld.com

October 28: It's finally been confirmed. Bowie will perform in New York City on November 19 in what VH-1 calls "a highly exclusive and ridiculously intimate performance". This sounds like the very same gig which two Australians were promised a trip to in a competition earlier this month. BowieWonderworld.com reported a couple of days ago that there would be a show at the Kit Kat Club in New York City on November 17. We suspect that this and the VH-1 announcement are actually one and the same. Calls to the Kit Kat Klub were brusquely answered with a "We're not confirming or denying that [Bowie concert] event.", a similiar response to that obtained from the 1997 Supper Club gig. (Ed: Kit Kat Klub is at 124 W. 43rd St, and the telephone number is (212) 819-0377)

Tickets will almost certainly be extremely hard to obtain, but you can try your luck in the VH-1 Bowie Sweepstakes. Contest details are as follows:

Information from Russ, BowieWonderworld

October 28: Just a reminder if you haven't entered already. We're giving away four copies of Simon Haram's recently released Alone... CD which includes his cover of Warszawa. Simply click on the picture below to get to the contest page and answer the simple question (you'll need to be a registered user). The contest closes at midnight on October 31, so you only have 3 days left!

Win CD
Click to enter!

October 27: Ruud Altenburg's illustrated David Bowie discography has been updated to version 10.3.1, with the latest updates to Bowie's comprehensive catalogue along with improved graphics and performance. In addition, it's also moved to a slightly easier to remember URL at:


Ruud always welcomes contributions and additions, so if you have anything for him to add, please email him at ruud@eti.uva.nl.


Information from Ruud

October 26: As we first reported a couple of weeks ago, Bowie has been confirmed to receive the first-ever Legend Award at the inaugural WB Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday, October 28 @ 8 p.m.. The two hour television special to air on the WB Television Network from 8-10 p.m. will also see Bowie perform one number live during the broadcast. Other musicians slated to perform include Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, 'N Sync, Smash Mouth and Faith Hill.

The WB Radio Music Awards has been set up to recognize the most popular acts played on radio in the past year. Nominations are based upon radio airplay as determined by Mediabase, the leading source for tracking airplay. The winners of the awards are chosen by radio programmers and music executives from around the country. There are a couple of categories for which fans can register their own votes.

Tickets to the Mandalay Bay Events Center show are still available if you're going to be in the area. If you're going to watch it on television, be sure to check out the list of affiliate stations for your local WB network. Finally, there will also be a webcast from backstage starting at 4 p.m. Eastern.

WB Television Network
WB Show Concert Page
WB Station Affiliates
WB Webcast Info
WB Viewer Poll

October 26: Bowie must have been a busy bloke yesterday running around performing songs. Virgin Radio UK played two songs this morning recorded yesterday for Chris Evans' breakfast show. Changes and Survive were the duo, and Evans, obviously impressed by Bowie's appearance on his TFI Friday proclaimed "Bowie was now back and Survive was a great single".

Information from Alan H.

Photo by Angelique Crowther

October 26: Emm Gryner, the brunette member of Bowie's current backing vocals duo (the other being Holly Palmer), has a great website at www.emmgryner.com. Included in recent updates are photos taken by Mark Plati during the ongoing promotional tour as well as audio updates by Emm herself of life on the road.

The webmaster of Emm's site is seeking photographs of Emm and Holly in concert, so if you have any sitting around in that camera of yours from the recent shows, send Steve an email at webmaster@emmgryner.com.

Information from Steve Ito

October 26: BBC2's Top Of The Pops 2, a combination of TOTP archives mixed with non-chart music, will be showing pre-recorded performances of Survive and The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell followed by an interview with the show's presenter Steve Wright on next week's November 3, 6 p.m. show.

Information from SimonG and Ads

October 26: As expected, The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell was officially released in Australia yesterday, joining Japan who received it on October 14. The tracks on both countries' CDs are the same. The Australian version will no doubt eventually make it to the US as an import at CDNow within the next month. There's no word yet on the video which was filmed in early September.

Information from Simon

October 26: VH-1 UK has confirmed that they will be hosting a special David Bowie Day on November 9, which will include Bowie videos, Bowie live at the Beatclub, an interview and the UK premiere of Storytellers. For licensing reasons, VH-1 UK is apparently unable to air the VH-1 Legends documentary. However, at least UK viewers will get to see the intimate Storytellers show which aired here in the US last week.

Information from Ads

October 25: BBC Radio One's Mark & Lard Show hosted Bowie and band today as their musical guest. Bowie performed five songs:

  1. Survive
  2. Drive In Saturday
  3. Something In The Air
  4. Can't Help Thinking About Me
  5. Repetition

Bowie chatted for 5-7 minutes in an interview and confirmed that Survive would be the next single (Ed: at least in the UK). You can read more via Ads' first hand report on the Mark & Lard page link below:

Link: Mark & Lard Show Report

Information from Ads

October 23: Although two reports of Bowie's appearance on Italy's FrancaMente Me Ne Infischio indicate that the interview may go down as one of the stupidest in Bowie interview history, there was one interesting facet to the whole fiasco. While playing Thursday's Child, Gail Ann Dorsey and Mark Plati switched roles with Plati playing bass and Gail Ann playing guitar (update this was apparently just a mimed performance anyway), reminiscent of the switcheroos pulled on the Lodger album. Read the report here.

We also have a more indepth report on Cosas Que Importan, the Spanish television show from October 19.

Information from Phillip, Miryam

October 23: The Nomad Soul (formerly known as Omikron) will be available in French stores October 29 according to advertisements in French magazines. It may take a while longer for English-localized versions to be available; some stores say late October, others say mid November. Here's an advertisement and the box cover for the French version which will ship next week.

cover Ad

Link: The Nomad Soul

Information from Leona, BlackRose

October 22: In the buildup this week to Bowie's appearance on Monday's Mark & Lard show on BBC Radio One, the two hosts have been heavily promoting his appearance saying that he will play four songs in the studio instead of the usual three.

In addition, today they played Survive and stated "it's definitely going to be the new single", although they did not quote any release date (which they usually do if they know it). Still no word of a single release in the US, but Canadian store Chapters is listing The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell as available October 25, but this may just be an import from Japan (or Australia where it is also listed for release on that date).

Information from Graeme B., Will C.

October 22: New Zealanders may have missed out on seeing Bowie this year, but they did get a little bonus with the release there today of 'hours...'. As part of a promotion, the first 100 buyers at each record store were given a desktop "Bowie clock".


Information from Mike

October 20: Bowie was on stage at Nulle Part Ailleurs for over two hours tonight as he had an extensive interview and performed eight songs live in the studio (although only four were broadcast). See the Nulle Part Ailleurs page for details. Yesterday in Madrid, he performed four songs for TVE's Cosas Que Importan, of which two were broadcast live. Tomorrow, it's Milan and another television appearance!

We've also added video snaps, the actual broadcast setlist and a couple of sound clips from the VH-1 Storytellers' premiere.

At Paris Airport
Photo by Philippe Auliac

Nulle Part Ailleurs
Cosas Que Importan
VH-1 Storytellers' premiere

Information from Remy, Jonny, Philippe, Eric, Leona

October 20: db's whirlwind European tour continues unabated. Yesterday, he flew into Spain to film a TV special (to be broadcast later) on TVE1. Songs performed for the show were:

Then, it was back to Paris early this morning to prepare for interviews with press and radio. Tonight it's a television appearance on Nulle Part Ailleurs (Canal+) where he'll have a thirty minute interview and perform two songs from 'hours...'. Then, it's off again to Milan tomorrow for his interview with Adrian Celentano's Rai Uno show Francamente Me Ne Infischio.

Information from Remy, Philippe

October 19: The Mark & Lard BBC Radio One show will host Bowie next Monday, October 25 for an interview and live performance. The show will be from BBC's London studios and listeners can get in the audience by phoning in to answer two Bowie-related questions. The winner (one per day for this week) gets two tickets to the show next Monday. Even if you can't make it to London, BBC Radio One is broadcast live over the internet from the BBC web site so you can listen in on the day (the Mark & Lard show airs from 1400 GMT through 1600 GMT).

Link: BBC Radio One

Information from Graeme B.

October 18: It's an all-Bowie evening on US television tonight. At 9 p.m., VH-1 will lead in with a rebroadcast of the Eddy Izzard narrated Legends: David Bowie to the premiere of Storytellers at 10 p.m. Then, switch over to Bravo an hour later for Profiles: David Bowie.

Link: VH-1 Storytellers taping

October 18: Did you miss the weekend's live broadcast of the Vienna concert? Don't despair. BowieNet Europe has an archive of the entire show in Real G2 video/audio available. See and hear the last? public Bowie concert of the 20th century.

October 16: Reminder! BowieNet Europe will officially launch their German-language version tomorrow with a free cybercast of Bowie's Vienna, Austria concert. You'll need RealPlayer G2 to see and hear the concert:

Where? http://bowie.lion.cc/
When? 2000 CET, 1900 GMT, 1400 ET, 1100 PT, 0700 NZDT

Don't forget!

To get some idea of what Bowie has been playing at his most recent "club" concerts, read Dara O'Kearney's and Fred Walder's reviews of the Dublin HQ and Elysée Montmartre concerts.

BowieNet Europe

October 15: Warning! Objects in your 'hours...' CD tray artwork may be bawdier than they appear. If you magnify the area where each Bowie figure's hands start to curl around the opposing character's face, you'll see that what should be fingers turn into something which could easily be mistaken for what Bowie once eloquently described as "the ol' party whistle". Is this a deliberate digital alteration? (Ed: yes, pun intended.) Or is it just a "trick of the mind".

You be the judge!


Information from Kelmar

October 14: The forty-five minutes allocated for Bowie's concert at Elysée Montmartre this evening almost doubled to 80 minutes as Bowie played a 15 song set in front of 700 fans (who had waited in the cold for 5 hours yesterday to get tickets) and around 3-400 invited guests/press. Opening with Life On Mars and finishing the main set with Changes from the same Hunky Dory album, Bowie then continued on to a five song encore saying:

"I was only supposed to play 45 minutes. But Paris is a special city for me; it's here that I got engaged"

Bowie added Something In The Air to the set performed in Dublin four days ago, marking the first time this song has been performed live in public. For the full setlist, visit the concert page.

TW concert page (incl. comments)
Yahoo (France) (English translation)

Information from Richard J., Christophe

October 14: WB Awards The inaugural WB Radio Music Awards (Ed: WB = Warner Brothers) will present David Bowie with their first ever "Legend Award", making him the initial inductee into the WB Radio Music Hall of Fame. According to this news article, Bowie will also perform a number during the live telecast which will take place Thursday, October 28, 8 p.m. ET from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The WB Radio Music Awards was set up to recognize artists who have received the most radio airplay in the past year. Winners are selected by top radio, television and music executives from around the USA.

Other musicians scheduled to play at the show are Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, 'N Sync and Juvenile. Tickets are available from the Mandalay Box Office and TicketMaster Online.

Link: UltimateTV News Article

Information from V2David

October 14: (RUMOUR ALERT) First an honorary doctorate; now a Nobel Prize? No, he hasn't quite made his mark in academia to warrant that award, but confirmed reports out of Norway indicate that the Nobel Institute has been in contact with Isolar and Bowie to try and convince him to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize concert. The concert in Oslo, Norway on December 11 occurs immediately after the official ceremony awarding the Nobel Peace Prize (Ed: rumours have this year's award going to Chinese and Tibetan dissidents, a cause near and dear to Bowie's heart. Recall his Mandarin version of Seven Years In Tibet which was banned in China. The recipients will be announced tomorrow morning in Norway.) Bowie has not been confirmed as of yet for the concert, but an announcement one way or the other is expected by early next week. It certainly would be good publicity for Bowie as the ceremony and concert are worldwide television events.

In what could be a strange reunion, Tina Turner has been confirmed as a performer at the same concert. We've already had China Girl reappearing on Bowie's setlists this year. Could Tonight be far behind :)?

UPDATE Bowie was asked about this at his Paris press conference today, and denied any involvement with the Nobel arrangements.

Link: Norwegian Dagbladet newspaper article

Information from Siw, Bew, Arild, Arne

October 14: Underscoring the gulf between Bowie's European and US popularity, 'hours...' barely sneaked into the US top 50 for last week at #47 with sales of 28,500 units according to this week's SoundScan album sales data. In comparison, Bowie's Earthling release in 1997 debuted at #39 with 33,500 units. Creed's Human Clay stayed at #1 for the second week followed by Santana's Supernatural which jumped up two spots this week. In other new releases, Paul McCartney's Run Devil Run, an album of mostly little-known cover tunes opened well ahead of Bowie at #27 with 48,700 units.

News over in Sweden was much better with Bowie at #2 on the charts with 'hours...' in its second week there.

Information from rancell, Dean G., Kristina G.

October 14: FranceNow He's Got Medals! Bowie was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres medal, the highest cultural distinction award in France, by the French minister of culture Catherine Trautman in a press conference held at the Pavillon Gabriel. The award is particularly special since it is seldom awarded to non-French citizens. Wearing a black suit and turquoise shirt, Bowie declared that he was honoured to receive the award, noting it was "one of the very few decorations that you don't get blackmailed for".

In the ensuing press conference to promote 'hours...' and Bowie's performance later that night at Elysée Montmartre, a few interesting questions were posed:

Q: Who's the real David Bowie on the 'hours...' cover?
A: I was inspired by La Pieta, but since I didn't want to wear a dress anymore, we made it a man. It can be visualized as life and death, past and present.

Q: How do you manage your creative career with your business career?
A: When I'm into a creative process, it's 100% creative. When I'm a businessman, I'm 100% businessman, believe me!

Q: (about followup to 1. Outside)
A: (paraphrased) The follow up to Outside was indeed planned, but Eno and I can't keep up schedules. If you listened to the 25 hours of music we'd laid down for Outside you'd be amazed: it's definitely great. I'll be working on the Ziggy piece and another project that I'm very excited with in the next 18 months. The opera with Wilson is still in the air but Robert and I will work on it when we know we can do it right with enough time ahead

Many thanks to Emmanuel P. who braved 5 hours of standing in the cold yesterday morning to get a ticket to tonight's show and then managed to cajole a ticket to today's press conference to send in this report!

In additional French media news, Bowie was on France's France news last night, talking about tonight's concert, the Internet download of 'hours...' and his cultural medal award. You can see last night's news in RealVideo G2 at the France2 web site (click on the link for 13 October).

Link: France2 JT20H

Information from Emmanuel, Philippe, Celine, Egon

October 14: After a brief delay from last month, The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell was officially released in Japan today, along with the second portion of the back catalogue (from Station To Station onwards). Australia is still expected to get the same single release later this month. The Japanese catalogue number is: VJCP-61027. Thanks to Yasuko for all the information! Here are the single details:

  1. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (4:40)
  2. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (3:59) edit
  3. We Shall Go To Town (3:56)
  4. 1917 (3:27)


Information from Yasuko

October 13: As one of the first acts in their exclusive European BowieNet contract, Lion.cc will broadcast live over the Internet this weekend's Vienna, Austria concert at the Libro Music Hall. Starting at 8 p.m. CET (1900 GMT), the free netcast will be available at http://bowie.lion.cc. Three different cameras will provide video of the concert along with the standard RealAudio G2 sound.

Link: More info (English) (German)

Information from Bernhard S.

October 13: libro A press release issued yesterday by Lion.cc, the online arm of Libro, Austria's largest bookstore, seems to indicate that BowieNet is preparing to expand into Europe with language-specific versions. According to the press release, Lion.cc has acquired the "exclusive right to offer BowieNet in all European countries in the respective language of that country". Libro is also the sponsor and venue of this weekend's Vienna concert for which tickets are already sold out.

The first such offering is a German-language version of BowieNet for Austria and Germany which will launch October 14. The press release translation is unfortunately ambiguous as to what exactly will be translated. It simply states that "fans can register themselves to receive news on new albums or fan club gatherings, along with few days late access to BowieNet". (Ed: We'll have to wait and see exactly what this means - is it simply a delayed translation of BowieNet's own news? Or will there be custom versions for each country with their own content specific to that country?)

Link: Translated Press Release (Original German PR)

Information from Bernhard S.

October 13: New York Daily News journalist Jim Farber wheedled some extra information out of Bowie about his future plans in an interview published over the weekend. Of his Ziggy resurrection project, Bowie said:

"On film, I want to translate the audience's perception of Ziggy. The theater piece will be about Ziggy's interior life. And the Internet [project] will be about things like who's his mum? a huge exploration of his background."

To accomplish all of this, Bowie confirmed that he did not plan to undertake any tours for another two years. In a new twist, Farber reported that Bowie would also like to tackle another project: to write a non-Ziggy piece for the theatre.

"There are two projects that I'm quite interested in which I want to see if I can make work. I would do all the music but not the book. I would like to work with someone more skilled than I on that. I do know my limitations."

"I would like to tour it around, so it wouldn't have to have the context of Broadway to give it worth," Bowie explains. "There must be other things you can do on stage. That's really what I want to do in general. To give audiences something else they can do with their Thursday and Saturday nights."

Link: New York Daily News article

Information from rancell

October 12: The "Bowie-in-tights" fetish brigade can finally rejoice with today's release of the DVD version of Labyrinth. With crystal clear DVD quality from an original hi-definition master, Dolby 2.0 surround sound and the 60 minute "Inside the Labyrinth" documentary all included, this is sure to be a collector's treat.

Buy at Amazon.com

Information from Neill M.

October 11: Persistence paid off for those Dublinites willing to stand outside Dublin HQ last night waiting while the "chosen ones" with tickets were let in. A fair number of tickets were made available just in time for the local crowd to make it in as Placebo finished their set at 9:00 p.m. Bowie turned up at ten o'clock and gave a stirring 12 song rendition, opening with Life On Mars and finishing with Rebel Rebel, slotting in a few obscure, a few famous, and a few unexpected songs from his catalogue.

For the full setlist, visit the Dublin HQ concert page.

Information from Gerry M.

October 11: Last month, we mentioned the release of saxophonist Simon Haram's new album Alone..., notable to Bowie fans for his inclusion of a cover of Bowie's Warszawa. Haram is a big Bowie fan, saw the mention on this web page, and offered to donate some copies of his new CD to be given away to Teenage Wildlife readers. Happy to oblige, we now are running a contest to give away four copies in the Alone... CD giveaway which will run until October 31.

If you can't wait that long, the CD is currently available only in the UK, or direct from the Black Box Music website.


Information from Simon Haram, Black Box Music

October 10: 'hours...' debuted at a very impressive #5 on the UK album charts according to the official numbers available at DotMusic.com for this past week. Bowie's appearance at NetAid this weekend may add further impetus to album sales. In other news, UK fans report receiving indications from Virgin Music that the next single release may be a tossup between Survive and The Pretty Things are Going To Hell.


Information from Davin, Alan

October 10: It's just a couple of hours away as this is written, but Placebo is expected to also show up at the Dublin HQ gig (tickets by invitation only). At a Placebo concert in The Netherlands yesterday, frontman Brian Molko announced that they had wanted to perform Without You I'm Nothing as a duet with Bowie yesterday but he was otherwise involved with NetAid.

"But tomorrow we will do something together in Dublin"

Another duet of Without You I'm Nothing? Assuming a Teenage Wildlifer makes it into the throng of "corporate gin and tonic swilling arseholes who've never given a damn about Bowie" (as one Dublin correspondent put it), we'll try and have a setlist later tonight.

Information from Marcel

October 9: Bowie sauntered onto stage around 8:30 p.m. GMT at Wembley Stadium, England to a play to a crowd of millions watching on television and the Internet (www.netaid.org). Wearing the black trousers, suspenders, and black and white striped shirt he wore at David Letterman, Bowie swung into a six-song set of:

  1. Life On Mars?
  2. Survive
  3. China Girl
  4. The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell
  5. Drive In Saturday
  6. Rebel Rebel

To read viewer and concertgoer comments, visit the Netaid concert page.

October 8: Tonight's TFI Friday taping saw Bowie wearing the same outfit as the Saturday Night Live appearance, and regaling the audience with tales of his recent bout with gastroenteritis which forced him to cancel appearances earlier this week. Bowie performed three songs at the taping:

Only Survive made it onto the actual broadcast which went out in the evening, but tomorrow is NetAid; perhaps Bowie will perform these two oldies there as well!

TFI Friday
My bonds are worth $50,000... no, wait! I mean $50 MILLION dollars!

Link: More TFI Friday Pictures

Information from Helen2, Alan M.

October 7: The Australian E! News competition to send a lucky twosome to New York for an "intimate audience" with Bowie has revealed that the intimacy will be restricted to just 30 people or so. As reported before, they confirm that the winners will need to be ready to fly to New York in early November. No word on where the other 28 people will come from.

Information from Drew, Margot and dag

October 6: BowieWonderworld.com has 4 tickets for the David Bowie appearance on the TFI Friday TV show to giveaway, courtesy of Ginger Television. TFI Friday will be taped this Friday afternoon, October 8

The competition ends midnight Thursday 7th October. Be quick! Visit BowieWonderworld.com for all the details.

Information from Paul K.

October 6: Strange Fascination Last night we picked the 10 winners of the Strange Fascination Bowie biography by David Buckley. Virgin Publishing graciously donated the copies of the recently released book to give away to Teenage Wildlifers who could answer the simple question about Buckley's university degree. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Steven Alchus, New York, USA
Henrik Rydehn, Sweden
Jason McSweeney, England
Mikko Jakonen, Finland
Antoine Poncelet, New York, USA
Lise Bergeron, Canada
Bjorn Berglund, Sweden
Donna Schindler, Atlanta, USA
Gayle Somerville, Scotland
Jeff Chadd, Mississippi, USA

In addition, Marc-David Jacobs was one of the eager chatters at the drawing on the #Bowie chat channel, and received a bonus prize of a copy of the UK CD 2 version of Thursday's Child.

Finally, we also selected our monthly CDNow drawing over the weekend. The winner was Pietro Galluzzi from Pisa, Italy. He selected the Japanese version of Dead Man Walking as his prize.

Congratulations to all winners!. We will have some more contests and giveaways starting in the next few days.

October 6: Judging by traversals through the record stores and reports over the net, Virgin has released a limited number of "lenticular 3D cover photo" versions of the 'hours...' album into the retail chain in most countries. UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe and US buyers all report seeing the lenticular 3D version at retail stores, sometimes alongside the regular non-3D version. One correspondent says 25,000 copies of the limited edition were released in the UK market.

We have both the standard cover scan and the lenticular scan (Ed: you don't really get any effect on a 2D computer screen though :)) of the album cover on the 'hours...' page.

Information from Stevee, Martyn A., Yasuko

October 5: Thanks to some hard-working Teenage Wildlifers on the ground in Dublin, we managed to get the following official statement from Guinness regarding this Sunday's Dublin HQ concert. (Ed: Guinness is marketing a series of these events under the name Witnness).


We can confirm that David Bowie is one of the acts playing the WITNNESS event on Sunday 10 October in HQ. We cannot confirm the other acts until Wednesday but we can promise something very special.

WITNNESS is a fresh approach for GUINNESS building on existing music commitments involving some of the most diverse talent on the music scene, often in unusual surroundings and with unexpected collaborations.

Look out for bars and clubs in Dublin displaying the WITNNESS logo between 6-8 October to have a chance of getting a ticket for the event. If you don't manage to get a ticket for this event, then keep your eyes peeled for the WITNNESS logo in the future to find out more about our next amazing event.

I hope this helps in your query & apologise it doesn't guarantee tickets, but it is a consumer event & we have to be fair to all.

Amanda Murray
Guinness Marketing Dept.

Looks like there could be some weathly scalpers at Sunday's event.

Information from Chris G.

October 5: Bowie was a last minute cancellation on this morning's Howard Stern show after falling sick with the flu. Reportedly, Bowie's instruments were all set up in Stern's studio ready to go, so the cancellation must have really been last minute. This jibes in with Y107FM Sunday night where DJ Chris Carter told TW that Bowie was scheduled to call in but was feeling sick after the Modern Rock Live show and had returned straight home. Tonight's Yahoo Chat is also cancelled. This flu seems to have been lingering over Bowie for two weeks now, dating back to his performance at the Canadian MuchMusic Awards. He looked a little wan on last night's David Letterman show.

From all of us at TW, get well soon!

Information from wildfic

October 4: We have a quick report in from an attendee at this afternoon's taping of the David Letterman show. Bowie performed The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell clad in a white shirt with black stripes, but most notably "crazy boots". The chat with Letterman centered around the "Bowie stocks" (Ed: the famous Bowie bond issue) while Bowie preferred to talk about his shoes "crafted from safety deposit boxes". Letterman then put up three Ziggy Stardust era pictures and asked him to comment on each one.


Link: David Letterman Appearance

Information from moondustboy

October 4: We've had at least four different reports from Dubliners that the announced concert at Dublin HQ on October 10 will not have general public tickets available. Callers to the venue have been told alternately that:

  1. The concert is not confirmed (even though BowieNet has confirmed it)
  2. Even if it were confirmed, the concert is by invitation-only. Tickets are reserved for "record execs" and there is "no way, no how" Joe Public will be able to get into the event.

On the other hand, a later report indicates that Guinness will be sponsoring the show. There may be some tickets given out free during Guinness promotions in Dublin clubs and bars starting from Wednesday. We suggest all you Dubliners grin and bear the terrible hardship of visiting your local pub to drink some Guinness if you want to see this gig.

It seems BowieNet may be unaware of this development since they reported that tickets were on sale starting today.

Information from Chris, Anna, Damian, Dara

October 3: Don't forget to put in your entry for the Strange Fascination book giveaway (donated by Virgin Publishing). You can win one of 10 copies by answering a simple question about the author, David Buckley. (Hint: read the press release to find the answer).

The contest ends Monday, midnight ET!


October 3: Wearing baggy khakis, a pink workshirt and yellow t-shirt, Bowie performed Thursday's Child and Rebel Rebel at last night's Saturday Night Live appearance. Mike Garson, Mark Plati and two backup singers were back with the quartet which made it to the MuchMusic Awards. For more pictures, click here.


October 2: BowieNet has confirmed that Bowie will be a guest on the Howard Stern radio show this coming Tuesday, October 5. This will mark Bowie's first guest appearance on the Stern show itself, a radio show which is syndicated throughout the US and typically airs in the morning "drive-time" slot. Stern is renowned for asking questions of his guests that nobody else would dare, so it'll be interesting to see whether Bowie deftly avoids them. Usually musical guests do a brief interview and then play one or two songs (Ed: our guess is probably The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell and Rebel Rebel, which the band has reportedly been practising and Stern has been promoting the past week). Stern's radio show is also recorded for E! television, so there's a chance that the radio appearance will also eventually appear on a future tv episode.

While we're still on the topic of yahoos, BowieNet has also confirmed that Bowie will be part of an "all access" (i.e. open to anyone) chat on Yahoo! Chat the same evening, Tuesday, October 5 @ 9 p.m. Eastern. Visit the Yahoo! chat page before hand to make certain your computer is capable of handling the chat (Ed: Java is recommended)

Information from BowieNet

October 1: Last month, we mentioned that Austrian music video producers DoRo were being asked to create a new video for Under Pressure, the Queen and David Bowie duet which soared up the charts in 1981. Turns out the signals from the Austrian newspaper report were slightly crossed, as it wasn't Bowie asking for a new video, but the remaining members of Queen who are producing a remixed version of the song for their own Greatest Hits 3. It will be accompanied by a Greatest Flix 3 which includes videos for the same songs; hence the request for a new Under Pressure video. Both album and video are set for release November 9.

Link: QueenWorld - official fan club

Information from Rene

October 1: TFI Friday, the popular UK Channel 4 tv show hosted by Chris Evans, will have Bowie on as a guest for next week's show Friday, October 8 at 6 p.m. In most cases, guests are interviewed and then perform live, so expect to see another tuneup by the band in time for the big worldwide show the next day at Wembley. TFI's guest this week was Iggy Pop (promoting his new album, Avenue B), and when asked by Evans what question he should ask Bowie next week, Iggy replied "Ask to see his socks!".

Information from Charles and Steve W.

October 1: While Bowie didn't make it onto Howard Stern's show yesterday morning (Ed: Stern indicated that they will still have him on next week), the radio show host did poke fun at Bowie's "rider", or list of items that he needed for himself and the band in order to perform. Here's the list:

12 Cup Mr Coffee Machine w/ supply of good Italian Espresso
sugar and 2% milk
6 coffee mugs
low-fat/low-cholesterol bran flakes cereal w/ low-fat milk
bowls and spoons
fruit bowl for 3 people incl. apples, oranges, and mangos
fresh orange juice and apple juice
6 large Evian
2 boxes of "throat coat"
a supply of boiling hot water, honey and lemons
cutting board with knife
2 boxes of tissues
2 different local newspapers
a make up mirror with good lighting
a full length mirror
12 towels
unrestricted telephone

The band's requirements were much the same with the addition of 2 6-packs of beer, Corona and Becks. So now you know what to stock up on in case Bowie turns up at your doorstep!

Information from Ben

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