Bowie closes his own festival with a live extravaganza...
Celebrities including BONO, KYLIE, ROBERT SMITH, SHARLENE SPITERI, BRIAN ENO, PAUL COOK, TRACEY EMIN, SOPHIE ELLIS BEXTOR, DAVID BADDIEL, TOYAH, SUPERGRASS, SIOUXSIE SIOUX and BUDGIE flocked to the LONDON ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL last night for DAVID BOWIE’s live finale of his MELTDOWN festival.
Fans were treated to a three part set, with Bowie changing costumes for each.
To rapturous applause after a disappointing support slot from The Dandy Warhols, who declined to play any of their hits, Bowie took to the stage in black waiscoat and trousers with a white shirt and was in chatty mood, explaining how the evening would progress
The first part was a run through of his seminal 1977 album ‘Low’, although it was not played in order as it had been at his recent gig at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Favourites from ‘Low’ such as ‘Sound And Vision’ drew an ecstatic response from the crowd.
After an interval, Bowie returned in a white outfit to play through his new album ‘Heathen’ which is being hailed as a return to form for the rock veteran. Bowie dedicated ‘5.15 The Angels Have Gone’ to late Who bassist John Entwistle.
After another interval and costume change into a long bright red long frock coat, the encore consisted of ‘White Heat White Light’, which he performed with The Dandy Warhols, ‘Fame’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Hello Spaceboy’ and closing with ‘Afraid Of Americans’.
Touts had been selling tickets for the night, which had sold out in minutes, at £200 outside the venue.
After the gig, Jonathan Ross DJed at the aftershow party, and even played a request asked for by NME.COM. It was Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s ‘Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)’.
Other acts who’ve performed at the tmonth long festival of events have included Fischerspooner, comedian Harry Hill, The Divine Comedy, Suede, Coldplay, Supergrass and Badly Drawn Boy.