wham bam thank you ma’am

Before we get into things, I think it’s only fair to give you fair warning that pretty much the entirety of this entry is going to be about the David Bowie concert I went to last night, so those of you that aren’t interested can put your pencil cases in your drawers and go to recess early. Don’t forget to push your chairs in.

Well, as I’m sure you’ve gathered, I went to see Bowie last night and it was damn well awesome. Of course it wasn’t cheap, but I’m just gonna have to let that go. Another thing I’m gonna have to let go is the pent up rage about the tshirt I got (or I could just hold the grudge until the end of time itself, either is a perfectly legitimare course of action). So I wandered over to the merchandise van (as you do) to part with even more of my hard earned, seeing as how they obviously weren’t making enough out of the roughly $2mil worth of ticket sales for the event, and was happy to see they had a suitable black tshirt with the tourdates on the back. After double-checking that Perth was actually on the shirt (seeing as how they decided to tack the date on late in the game), I asked the woman to grab me a large one. No good, all out of large. Not a problem, I’ll grab a medium, just a little less baggy. So seeing as how I’d already worn a shirt to the event (yeah yeah, I know, I’m getting conformist in my old age), I stuck the shirt in my pants (yeah yeah, conformist I know) pocket and went and sat down. Of course it was only after rolling out of bed this morning that I discovered that the silly tart had given me a shirt with the 2003 european tour dates on the back. Lousy whore. Still, somehow I’ll manage to face the days and continue living. I don’t know how, but I’ll sally on.

Something for Kate were opening for the tour and the main thing I noticed was that watching them play was roughly equivalent to someone putting on a something for kate CD really loud and have some people dance around on a stage with instruments at the same time. I don’t know whether this says more about them being able to capture their live sound really well in a studio recording environment, or whether it means they just plain suck live, but I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. I was busy slurping my coffee and waiting for what I’d come to see.

One other thing I’ve gotta say is that the setting was awesome. Even though I’d been making unpleasant faces in the direction of the overcast clouds all through the day, it didn’t rain on us, which was a good thing. The place looked awesome, The stage was plenty big with a huge array of lights and so on set up (the lightshow rocked arse), and on the right, you have the moon rising over the top of the skyscrapers, and on the left, there’s the belltower all lit up, with the whole place surrounded by big-arse trees. It was really quite nice.

So after a lights-check that seemed to take about half of forever, they finally cranked up and the place went off. There was a lot of interaction with the crowd, everybody seemed thrilled off their nut to be there and the songs thy played were brilliant live. Some of them had been played with a bit to go a bit more with the piano, or guitars and so on and so forth, which was cool, noone wants to come along and hear something that sounds just like their CD’s at home.

If you’re that way inclined, here’s the

Set List for Perth, 1-Mar-2004, Supreme Court Gardens: (forgive me if the order of one or two songs is a bit out)

Rebel Rebel (from Young Americans, 1975)
New Killer Star (from Reality, 2003)
Fame (from Young Americans, 1975)
Cactus (Cover of an old Pixies song) (from Heathen, 2002)
I’ve Been Waiting For You (Cover of an old Neil Young tune) (from Heathen, 2002)
All The Young Dudes (from David Live, 1974)
China Girl (from Let’s Dance, 1983)
The Loneliest Guy (from Reality, 2003)
The Man Who Sold The World (from The Man Who Sold The World, 1970)
Pablo Picasso (from Reality, 2003)
Hallo Spaceboy (from Outside, 1995)
Sunday (from Heathen, 2002)
Heathen (The Rays) (from Heathen, 2002)
Under Pressure (from a collaboration with Queen)
Life On Mars? (from Hunky Dory, 1980)
Looking For Water (from Reality, 2003)
Quicksand (from Hunky Dory, 1980)
Slow Burn (from Heathen, 2002)
Days (from Reality, 2003)
White Light, White Heat (Cover of an old Velvet Underground track)
Ashes to Ashes (from Scary Monsters, 1980)
I’m Afraid of Americans (from Earthling, 1997)
“Heroes” (from Heroes, 1977)

Changes (from Hunky Dory, 1980)
Try Some Buy Some (from Reality, 2003)
Five Years (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)
Suffragette City (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)
Ziggy Stardust (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972)

He played roughly half of each of his last two albums, most of his general “greatest hits” kind of songs, as well as a handful of obscure tracks from the dusty back corners of his back catalogue (which dates back over three decades), not to mention doing a number from The Velvet Underground, which was sweet. All up the set was 28 songs long and lasted a solid two hours, which has gotta be the longest and most polished set I’ve ever heard.

So unless I’m an absolutely horrific writer, you’ve probably gathered that I had a ball. It was a great start to the week, and I’ve got my open class bike licence test next tuesday. Still no real developments on the job front, still harassing anyone with ears like a job-fiend. As soon as I manage to wrangle myself something I’m going to be over the moon. Cue the happy dance.

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