Just watch this long-lost footage from the Johnny Carson show. Bowie utterly sensational on both tracks, the second being Ashes to Ashes. But this powerful version of Life on Mars has to be yet *another* definitive one!!!
➢ Posted at YouTube by Nacho Video:
“ Here’s my new clean-up of the classic David Bowie 1980 performance on The Tonight Show – recorded at NBC Studios in Burbank, Los Angeles on September 3rd 1980. It was broadcast forty years ago on the 5th of September 1980.
Performing with Bowie on the Tonight Show was a one-off band. Bowie’s regular musical right-hand man, Carlos Alomar was leading the band of young up and coming musicians, who were playing with Bowie for the first, and as it turned out, the only time.
The Tonight Show performance is unique in other ways. It was Bowie’s only live appearance of 1980, and the only time any Scary Monsters material was performed live, in its day. And the Tonight Show was one of only two live appearances he made (the other SNL, 1979) in the five-year period between the ISOLAR II 1978 tour and the Serious Moonlight tour in 1983.
The Tonight Show performance is great! Bowie is in fine voice and the band are full of spirit. I love Bowie and Alomar’s big smiles, as it becomes clear that the performance is a success. For me, this performance has always been frustratingly good, because it is a tantalizing glimpse of what a Scary Monsters tour could have been like. . .” / Continued at Nacho Video/Youtube
➢ Previously at Shapers of the 80s:
Unique live lineup for The Tonight Show, 1980: Bowie sings Life on Mars in James Dean rebel mode with Carlos Alomar on guitar at left
1980, Why Bowie came recruiting Blitz Kids
for his Ashes to Ashes video
Posted in 40th anniversary, North America, Pop music, Swinging 80s, TV, videos, zeitgeist
Tagged Ashes to Ashes, Carlos Alomar, David Bowie, Johnny Carson, Life on Mars, The Tonight Show
❚ FRANCIS WHATELY’S DOCUMENTARY FILM David Bowie, Five Years: The Making Of An Icon has a transmission date – next Saturday on BBC2 at 9.20pm and next week’s Radio Times is publishing a cover feature. Beautifully edited, in both sound and vision, the 90-minute film explores five pivotal years in the singer’s career – 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983 – and features interviews with Bowie’s collaborators. Here’s the trailer:
➢ Update May 26: Catch up on iPlayer with David Bowie, Five Years – A consummate TV documentary with unseen footage in pristine quality adds lustre to the current golden age for music docs … Watch Bowie’s musical collaborators on camera showing how they created their classic riffs… Wakeman on piano! Carlos on everything! Nile saying “I was as nervous as hell” Deeply satisfying.
➢ Update: Bowie from the horse’s mouth – director Francis Whately tells Ariel how his film is unique
➢ David Bowie, Five Years – previews at Uncut’s blog
➢ Early footage of Bowie showed how his then-wife Angie helped to build his reputation – at the Daily Telegraph
➢ Five remarkable encounters with Ziggy Stardust are revealed for the first time in a new TV film – at the Daily Mail
➢ David Bowie photographs by Masayoshi Sukita on show again June 28–July 27 at Snap, London SW1Y 6NH
1973 BOWIE TV REPORT EXHUMED
➢ Nationwide part two: filmed in 1973 for BBC TV, it includes backstage reports from the May 25 show at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, UK
Posted in Film, London, Media, Pop music, TV
Tagged Ariel, Carlos Alomar, David Bowie, documentary, Five Years, Francis Whately, Nationwide, trailer, Vintage