The BBC is treated to an exclusive airing of Heathen tracks

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.