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Sunday, July 19, 2020

VIDEO - David Bowie ‘Heroes’: Bridge School Benefit Concert 1996

David Bowie ‘Heroes’: Bridge School Benefit Concert 1996

Here's a video of David Bowie's acoustic ‘Heroes’ at Bridge School Benefit Concert in 1996 (concert review).

David Bowie ‘Heroes’: Bridge School Benefit Concert 1996
Pegi Young posted in 2016 on her Facebook account (thanks Far Out Magazine!):
“My first impression of David Bowie as he walked through the front door of our home for the annual BBQ fiesta that traditionally kicks off the Bridge School Benefit Concert weekend was how slight he was. His music and his persona were so large that I was struck by the contrast.

As I approached him and his band to welcome them to our home and to thank them for coming to play for our kids, the next thing that stays in my memory is what an absolute gentleman he was. He was an enormously talented yet humble man who was content to just hang out with the kids and other guests who were attending that night’s party.

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet him, to welcome him into my home and to have him grace the stage over that weekend in 1996 to offer his unique and innovative talent for our organization.

He was an original in every senses of the word. On behalf of all of us who have been associated with Bridge School, I offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathies and wishes for peace to his many close and dear loved ones.

Love and light.

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At 7/19/2020 04:59:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

The thought of Neil and David Bowie enjoying some BBQ together warms my heart somehow.

I talked to a guy who went to a couple of the BBQ's, and he said that you would see Neil flipping burgers on the grill. How cool would it be to have Neil Young grill you a cheeseburger?

At 7/19/2020 09:14:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

fun times

At 7/25/2020 12:09:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

I was recently watching the film "The Man who Fell to Earth" (1976), which stars Bowie as an alien undercover on earth as a businessman trying to get water back to his home planet where his people are dying from a drought.

Toward the end of the movie, Bowie's character releases an album titled "The Visitor", hoping the wife he left behind on another planet will one day hear his music "on the radio". Gave my a smile, to say the least.

"Like visitors from space, it's hard to find a place to blend in and go unrecognized." And the late Nicolas Roeg, who directed he Bowie movie, had an idiosyncratic visual style--much of it based on non-linear and associative thinking-inspired editing--that chimes well with Neil's description of "war inside pictures in my brain". Sequences of the film involve Bowie's character watching banks of TVs tuned to different channels--does this remind you of anyone?--while imploring all the people on the screens to get out of his head and leave him alone. It seems Newton, Bowie's character, has some form of alien telepathy that acts like a psychic Midas Touch throughout the movie, putting him into mental contact with people to whom he has only tangential connections.

Roeg's use of montage and fragmented inter-cutting, in turn, become an expression of this fractured and overwhelmed mental state. Imagine being directly, intimately, vividly hooked into every person, every bit of data the outside world throws at you on a daily basis. That's "The Man who Fell to Earth" and also, I would argue, what NY and other artists probably feel like at times. "How you change, how you change, and how you rearrange, everything that touches me." But I digress.

There are non-linear and fragmented aspects of Neil's songwriting that don't get discussed too often, but I believe Neil has obliquely mentioned that his songs tend to jump around in time and space: After the Gold Rush and Trans Am are two, far-flung examples that come to mind. But for me, Without Rings (quoted above) and AYP?'s title song are the two that may come the closest to directly grappling with the tenuous, organically-shaped, fever-dream stimulation of a creative mind. No Hidden Path is up there as well, and in fact the entire CDII album is so idiosyncratically and quintessentially Neil (as I know his work), I'd like to write an entire post about it some time.

Thanks, thrasher, for inspiring this little stream of consciousness (for lack of better term) on my part. I guess my theme is the receptive state of the artistic or creative brain. Call it the Muse or "your brain on art"--it can be something of a drug, the dizzying (over)saturation of ideas, emotion, and sensation producing a natural high, perhaps paradoxically akin to the radical shutting off of intellectual and sensory faculties that's the aspiration of transcendental meditation. "Nothing" is just as titillating to the neural pathways as feeling/hearing/seeing everything at once, because both states represent sensory extremes that can be simultaneously frightening yet somehow enticing, sort of like how all the information on a TV screen--if you could look closely enough--breaks down into millions of tiny dots of color and noise. Nothing and everything are the same quantity viewed from different perspectives, because nothing is anything until the "pictures in our brain" pull it into focus.

~Through the keyhole in an open door.

At 7/25/2020 02:07:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Richie - ya know, if we'd been at the ranch standing in line for a cheese burger flipped by Neil, we would say to ourselves: "Just try to be cool, smile & say thanks. Don't try to be clever or cute"

And after Neil flipped us a cheese burger, we'd say "And a new Rolling Stone, too!

and Neil would mutter, turn and say Next!

@ Meta Rocker - Thanks as always! It's been awhile since we saw "The Man who Fell to Earth". Probably last saw a rep cinema back in the 80's?

To your points here on Neil as time traveler. Your timing is impeccable as we're trying to complete a rather major TW post paralleling many of the themes here with Bowie, Nicolas Roeg, Neil and time travel.

fwiw, CotM @

At 7/25/2020 04:56:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

@Thrasher—Didn’t realize Roeg is on your radar. I’m in process of discovering his works now: Walkabout and Don’t Look Now are next. He was cutting edge at one time, but has become kinda niche and obscure. Discovered him, oddly, through his ‘90s TV adaptation of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. It’s not Apocalypse Now, to be sure, but nonetheless an absorbing piece that probably missed its ideal target audience by a wide margin, as it was first shown on TNT which doesn’t seem like the likeliest vehicle. Like most Roeg things, production values are high (Tim Roth and John Malkovich starring), but style guaranteed to divide audiences and make wide release unlikely. A shame Roeg’s name hasn’t had currency since the ‘80s—that’s part of why I discovered him late.

Makes me wonder how a movie like Human Highway could have turned out, had Bernard Shakey collaborated with someone like Roeg, who was at the peak of his purple patch during that era. Look forward to seeing where your project goes!

~Through the keyhole in an open door.


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