In August 1989, the girl with the mousy hair sat down to watch an evening of David Bowie videos, and discovered her favourite song of all time.
It was May 1989. I was 14, and a new Bowie obsessive, so it was a thrill to discover that he was back with new music! I had a bit of a shock in store.
One evening in December 1988, “Labyrinth” was shown on Singaporean TV. As it was on a bit late for a school night, my mum recorded it so I could watch it the following weekend. And when I did, it turned out that the Goblin King knew just what kind of magic spell to use on… Read More All the songs of my life, #2: “Magic Dance” by David Bowie
My last David Bowie gig – and the UK’s as well. David Bowie’s headlining set at the Isle of Wight festival in 2004 marks the end of an era. For me, it was my last ever David Bowie gig, less than a year after I first got the chance to see him. More significantly, it… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 90 – David Bowie, Sunday, June 13, 2004, Seaclose Park, Newport (Isle of Wight Festival)
The end of an overwhelming, emotional rollercoaster of a Bowie tour. My last gig on the A Reality tour, and it’s safe to say, I was completely exhausted. From my diary: ‘I managed three hours at uni before coming home to collapse for a bit. In truth, I was almost glad my tour was nearly… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 81 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 26, 2003, Wembley Arena
My 2003 Bowie adventures continued as I reached my penultimate gig of the A Reality tour. Week two of David Bowie’s UK tour rolled around, and I was excited to see him in my home city. However, while for the first week of gigs I’d taken time off of work and uni to chase David… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 80 – David Bowie, Tuesday, November 25, 2003, Wembley Arena
‘Oh god. All I can say is, round about two hours ago, DAVID BOWIE SMILED AT ME!’ Welcome, one and all, to the tale of the best night of my life. It was time for my third gig on my A Reality tour adventure. My original ticket for this show was actually in block E,… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 79 – David Bowie, Thursday, November 20, 2003, NEC, Birmingham
My second show of the A Reality tour, and an overwhelmingly emotional night. As you can see from the photo above, my diary entry for this gig begins like this: ‘Oh my god (as ever, literally) if words failed about Monday, then over last night they have spontaneously combusted.‘ It was my second Bowie gig… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 78 – David Bowie, Wednesday, November 19, 2003, NEC, Birmingham
The start of an amazing adventure: Five David Bowie concerts in three different cities over the course of ten days. ‘It has begun. It’s real. It’s happening!’ When I think back to the best times in my life, it’s hard to top this fortnight in November 2003. I took time off from both my job… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 77 – David Bowie, Monday, November 17, 2003, MEN Arena, Manchester
My first Bowie gig. I’d waited 15 years for it, and it did not disappoint. ‘He was there! David Bowie, the man who changed my life more radically than anyone else on this planet, as close as if he were standing at the other end of my room! I could see the oddness of his… Read More All the gigs of my life: Gig 72 – David Bowie, Monday, September 8, 2003, Riverside Studios