David Bowie played two new songs and three classics in an intimate recording for the Jonathan Ross Show in London last night.
Bowie, back in the UK for his sold-out Meltdown gig at the Royal Festival Hall tomorrow, sang Fashion, Ziggy Stardust, Be My Wife and part of Fame for an audience of just 150 fans – including Bryan Adams, Salman Rushdie and John McEnroe – at the BBC Television Centre.
He also performed Everyone Says Hi and Slip Away from the new Heathen album – ending the latter with a bizarre Stylophone solo. Bowie last used the Rolf Harris-endorsed electronic instrument on his 1969 hit Space Oddity.
During a frank, hour-long interview with Ross, the singer discussed his earliest musical career as a member of The Kon-rads in 1963, his fear of flying, his children and his aborted plans to revive his Ziggy Stardust character for a stage presentation.
The programme will be aired in an edited form next Friday, July 5.