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Tuesday 30 Dec, 2003


BOWIE SETS TICKET SALES RECORD!

Reconfirming his demand downunder, Bowie has set a national record for the sales of his 2004 Wellington concert - more than Robbie Williams, Bruce Springsteen or anyone who has toured the nation previously. Read all about it in the Dominion Post article located here

Thanks to Wunda for the information.

 

Monday 29 Dec, 2003


POSSIBLE AUSTRALIA SHOWS BY BOWIE MUSICIANS?

A recent chat with Bowie collaborators Gail Ann Dorsey (bass), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Mike Garson (piano) and Earl Slick (guitar) indicates that the musicians are planning some side shows to coincide with the Australia Tour.

Gail indicated that she has never been to Australia and that she 'can't wait' to come here. Moreover, when asked if she was planning any solo gigs, she said: "I will do some solo spots with Gerry (Spooky Ghost) in Australia". Gerry revealed that he was hoping for Spooky Ghost shows in Perth and Sydney and that we should check his site (www.spookghost.com) closer to the dates.

There is no word on whether Mike Garson intends to play solo gigs in Australia but he does have a new album due out in January, so it would seem possible. Likewise, Earl Slick has just released a new album (which also happens to feature Bowie on one track).



Sunday 28 Dec, 2003


REALITY RATES HIGH WITH AUSTRALIAN CRITICS

Although usually tending toward young, alternative acts, the current edition of Melbourne's Inpress magazine has Bowie's Reality album ranked in their 2003 Writers Poll.

Writer Elliot Cartledge shows fine taste in placing's Reality as the 6th best album to be released this year.



Sunday 21 Dec, 2003


SOMETHING FOR KATE TO SUPPORT BOWIE

Something For Kate has been confirmed as special guests on the Australian leg of David Bowie's A Reality Tour.

Coincidentally, the band recently included a Bowie cover of Ashes to Ashes in the set list of their recent Australian tour which audiences loved.

From www.beat.com.au



Thursday 18 Dec, 2003


A PERTH SHOW AFTER ALL?

According to a report in the West Australian, it appears Bowie may be adding a concert in Perth:

David Bowie, the great rock'n'roll chameleon, will visit Perth in March. Promoters Dainty Consolidated Group and Creative Events Management are finalising details for an outdoor concert. Amanda Battley, managing director of Creative Events Management, said Bowie, 56, would add the concert to the Australian leg of his world-wide A Reality Tour, his first since the Glass Spider Tour in 1987.

Please keep in mind that these announcements remain unofficial until we hear confirmation from Bowie or the promoter.



Saturday 29 Nov, 2003


SECOND MELBOURNE SHOW!

According to DCE, a second Melbourne show will go on sale MONDAY 8 DECEMBER!

The show is again scheduled for the Rod Laver Arena and this time for Friday 27 February (the night after Bowie's first Melbourne show).

Keep a lookout on Bowienet and Ticketek over the coming days for further announcements regarding this show.



Thursday 27 Nov, 2003


NZ GENERAL PUBLIC SALE TODAY!

Tickets go on sale today for Bowie's WELLINGTON show which will be on Saturday 14th of February at Westpac Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased through local ticketek outlets or through: www.ticketek.co.nz



Wednesday 26 Nov, 2003


REALITY TOUR EDITION

Stores such as HMV have slated the local release for the 1st of December. For those who do not know, the tour edition includes Bowie's latest CD Reality plus a bonus track (Waterloo Sunset) and a live DVD concert all for only $24.99 (RRP).

Thanks to 96DBFreak for the information.



Wednesday 26 Nov, 2003


BOWIE MOVIES GAIN LOCAL DVD RELEASE

Keep a look out the following titles at your local JB Hifi or other DVD retailer. These prices are presumably for a short time only:

The Man Who Fell to Earth (plus bonus material): $29.95

Christiane F: $18.99

Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence: $11.50

Basquiat: $9.00



Thursday 20 Nov, 2003


NEW ZEALAND DATE ANNOUNCED!

Tremendous news for New Zealand is that a date has been confirmed for WELLINGTON on Saturday 14th of February at Westpac Stadium.

The news from Bowienet is that the fan club pre-sale has already started and will run for a few days before the general public sale starts next week.

See www.davidbowie.com for details on the presale

See www.ticketek.co.nz for details on the general public sale,



Wednesday 19 Nov, 2003


PERTH SHOW NO GO

Reiterating thenews we brought you two weeks ago, the Dainty Corporation has mentioned the following to in a private email to a WA member:

Unfortunately, due to unresolvable logistical issues there will not be any Perth shows included on David Bowie's - A Reality Tour in 2004.

Info from Stevee

 

Thursday 13 Nov, 2003


SECOND SYDNEY SHOW ON SALE

The first public tickets went on sale today.

With the Melbourne and Sydney dates selling very fast, a second Sydney gig was put on sale only two hours after the initial dates had opened. From the press release:

Tickets to DAVID BOWIE’S ‘A REALITY TOUR’ went on sale today and the first Sydney show to be held on Friday 20 February has sold out in under an hour! Tickets to the 2nd show, scheduled for Saturday 21 February at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, went on sale TODAY at 11.00am!



Wenesday 12 Nov, 2003


MORE SPECIAL PRICED EMI ALBUMS!

Another specially priced box set of 70s EMI albums has hit Australian stores. Now we have:


* 3 CD Box of Space Oddity with The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory

In addition to the previous mentioned
:

* 2 CD Box of Scary Monsters coupled with "Heroes", and

*
2 CD Box of Diamond Dogs coupled with Ziggy Stardust.

Retail price seems to be between $26 and $35 for these sets depending on the store.



Tuesday 04 Nov, 2003


TIME OF BOWIENET PRESALE CHANGED

News from Bowienet is that their ticket pre-sale has been moved by two hours to make it a little more acceptable for the starving Aussies. The time of the sale is 3 PM New York time on Tuesday (4/11/03) however, this translates to something quite different for us. For your conveniance:

If you live in BRISBANE, expect the Bowienet presale to start at
6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING (5/11/03)

If you live in MELBOURNE or SYDNEY, expect it to start 7 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING (5/11/03)

If you live in PERTH (NOTE THERE WILL BE NO CONCERT IN PERTH), expect it to start 4 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING (5/11/03)

If you live in ADELAIDE, expect it to start 6:30 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING (5/11/03)

The Bowienet presale is available to members of Bowienet.

For more information about the various sales, read our
Reality tour page.



Tuesday 04 Nov, 2003


PERTH SHOW NO GO

According to a private email to a Bowie Downunder member, Paul Dainty Corp have denied the existance of a Perth concert. For those Western Australian fans still hoping to see Bowie this summer, it looks like the plan will be to head east.

- Thanks to SoulLoveChild and Stevee for the information.



Saturday 01 Nov, 2003


ZIGGY STARDUST SHOW TO RETURN

Acclaimed Brisbane band CHARLES FOSTER KANE will be returning in 2004 to perform the Ziggy Stardust album live in its entirety
. Details of this event to follow.

For information about the previous event, read all about it on the website.



28 Oct, 2003


UNDER PRESSURE AT THE REGENT THEATRE

David Bowie's "Under Pressure" is currently being performed nightly at Melbourne's REGENT THEATRE.

As part of the Queen production 'We Will Rock You', the song is performed as a live duet between
the two main characters.

A couple of other Bowie references (namely song lyrics) also pop up in the script.

Tickets are available through Ticketek.



15 Oct, 2003


2 CD SETS OF 1970s ALBUMS IN STORES

A curiosity appearing across Australian CD stores are special priced Bowie 2 CD packages of classic 70s albums. The 2 CD packages include:

* Scary Monsters coupled with "Heroes", and

* Diamond Dogs coupled with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.

The CDs are the standard EMI issues (no bonus tracks) and have been combined together in a special cardboard cover (with the artwork and track listings of both CDs appearing on the cardboard, and the standard plastic case CDs inside).

Retail price seems to be between $26 and $30 depending on the store.



12 Oct, 2003


SUFFRAGETE CITY BY PAUL CAPSIS


As part of the Melbourne Arts Festival, top cabaret artist Paul Capsis currently performs a live rendition of Suffragette City at Melbourne's Speigeltent (just outside the Ars Centre). Also included in the set are unique versions of 'Perfect Day' (Reed) and 'Into My Arms' (Nick Cave) among others.

The last performance of this particular show is tonight (Sunday) at 9 PM.

November Fri 8, Sat 9, Sun 10 @ 10pm. $29 (conc $24)



08 Oct, 2003


"HEROES" AT THE RUGBY WORLD CUP?


According to the Adelaide street press, "Heroes" will be performed by a 'big name Aussie' at the televised World Cup Opening Ceremony on October 10.

The song was originally to be performed by Russel Crowe but due to unavailability, the honours may now go to Tina Arena and John Farnham instead.

The director of the ceremonies Andrew Walsh said the song was chosen because 'it fits with the creative theme we are developing. We may not even do that song now. It is within a number of option we are considering'.

- Information from Ben



04 Oct, 2003


BEAT MAGAZINE: REALITY REVIEW

A pretty nice review of Bowie's Reality album appears in Melbourne weekly BEAT:


As a Bowie fan of some years standing now, I find my favourite songs and albums of his never grab me by the heartstrings straight away. First listen, I’m usually thinking: “Yeah, it’s okay I guess”; it’s not until the third or fourth listen that it has me hook, line a sinker. ‘Reality’ is no exception. In a music world where first-listen-impact, market researched, bottom line thinking dictates what actually makes it onto the CD shelves, to know there are albums still being made this way is nice. Once again, Bowie presents us with an entourage of eccentric characters and personalties through whom the songs are being told. With a kick-arse band behind him, and using the recording technology to enhance the sonic atmosphere of the songs in some absolutely brilliant ways, rather than to hide musical incompetence, ‘Reality’ takes us through the depths of madness, fascination and despair, the quality of which we’ve come to expect from Bowie. With lots of outside melodic ideas that somehow work, most of the songs have an edgy, power-pop kind of feel; the first single ‘New Killer Star,’ the title track ‘Reality,’ ‘Pablo Picasso’ and ‘Looking for Water’ are good examples of this. Some really beautiful ballads include ‘The Loneliest Guy’ and ‘Days.’ For those of us who greet every forthcoming Bowie album like a letter from the front, or those who just “kind of dig him,” there’s litres of listening pleasure on this album (or wait, maybe it’s ounces, I always forget).

ANTHONY JONES



01 Sept, 2003


BRISBANE REALITY LAUNCH


On Saturday Septemer 13, 2003, SOUND AND VISION will be presenting a very special pre-release launch of the new Bowie LP, "Reality".

There will be the music and visuals of Bowie along with the best in retro tunes to keep you going all night long.


The show will be at Alice's Bar & Club in Brisbane.

Email Diamond Dave for more details: bowieboyz@yahoo.com



26 Aug, 2003


BOWIE BRINGS HIS 'REALITY' TO CINEMAS


THE WORLD'S FIRST LIVE AND INTERACTIVE MUSIC EVENT TO CINEMAS ON 9TH SEPTEMBER 2003.

On Tuesday, September 9 in Australia, David Bowie will make technological history and bring his new album 'Reality' to cinemas in Sydney and Melbourne.

In a specially produced performance, Bowie's live show is to be beamed via satellite to cinemas globally, culminating in a real time, interactive Q&A between Bowie and with Australian cinema audiences.

The show will consist of David Bowie performing an exclusive live set showcasing his brand new album 'Reality' released September 15th on Iso/Columbia Records, as well as cuts from his legendary back catalogue.

The 90-minute program will be simultaneously transmitted via satellite to cinemas and theatres across Europe and due to time delay the following day across Asia, Japan and Australia (September 9th).

North America, and South America will be able to catch the show on 15th September, making this a truly worldwide event.

Australian Cinema Details:

SYDNEY:
Greater Union /Village/Hoyts
252 George Street Sydney
Tel: (02) 9267 8666 www.hoyts.com.au

Palace Academy Twin
3 Oxford Street, Paddington
Tel: (02) 9360 1439 www.mca-tix.com

MELBOURNE:

Village Cinemas Jam Factory
500 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Tel: 1300 555 400 www.villagecinemas.com.au

The George
1/133 137 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda


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