April 23: It's back to the future again for the next official Bowie compilation release from EMI. While Toy sits in limbo (Ed: originally promised for March/early April, but now not expected until late summer), EMI has got back on the ball with an upcoming June 11 release in the UK of All Saints. This single CD compilation of solely instrumentals features most (all?) of the same tracks which made up one of the rarest Bowie "releases", the "friends-and-family" 1993 Christmas double CD package, also titled All Saints after the bonus track which can be found on the Low album.
BowieNet is currently running a competition to pick one of six possible covers for the final album release. In the meantime, you can preorder the 2001 edition at Amazon UK, ready for shipment the day of release.
Information from Rick
April 12: The long-awaited Who tribute album will be released on June 12 in the USA by EAR Records. Called Substitute - The Songs of the Who, it will feature Bowie's half-speed, stylophonic version of Pictures Of Lily, as mentioned in this item from last year. In the official press release which went out today, Bowie is quoted as saying:
"The Who's work became a major template for so many of us. The considered and intelligent use of so-called 'art-theory,' actively engaged with rock music, was merely one of Pete's phenomenally important contributions to the new 'language' of rock. Nice trousers too!"
The full track listing for the album is as follows:
April 2: Bowie spokesman Alan Edwards of the Outside Organization confirmed today that Bowie's mother, Mrs Peggy Jones, slipped gently from this mortal coil at a nursing home in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. Mrs Jones, in her late 80's, has kept well out of the media spotlight in recent years, although in the mid 70's, the appearance of a sometimes frosty relationship with her rockstar son was cause for media gossip. Our condolences and sympathy to the entire Bowie/Jones family.
Information from Ben C.