By kevinhewick, Jan 7 2019 12:38PM

A new LOW (geddit?) in rock photography at ‘Let’s Play Bowie: Hunky Dory’ at The Donkey 5.1.19

Getting to rehearse and sing with this beautiful band has been a shining light in a dark few days for me.

It’s one thing getting great players another getting great people but this was a real ensemble, just a joy to sing with, Andy Price and Tony Robinson creating orchestral keyboard magic, Malcolm D’Sa and Chris Denalu spot on with the drums and bass, Natasha Pattinson’s violin just soaring into the stratosphere, Andy Wales - he never fails! A guitarist other guitarist bow down to.. and Gaz Birtles who made it all possible - when he sings or plays his sax you feel the love for Bowie!

The Donkey is a chaotic place when sold out, but the atmosphere is fantastic and this audience was mega-fantastic. I’ve never shook so many hands and been hugged so much as this night.

Nile Barrow kicked us off with ‘Changes’,a young man for a young man’s song.. and I followed with ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ proclaiming the new generation, the new world. Gaz then sang ‘Eight Line Poem’,’Life On Mars’ abs ‘Kooks’ - no matter how many times I hear ‘Mars’ I never tire of it and I think it’s one of the greatest songs ever written and Gary gave his all to it.

I was back on with the mystical ‘Quicksand’, a Song I deeply identify with, one of Bowie’s most occult statements. After Gaz did the joyous ‘Fill Your Heart’ Andy Sharman was ‘Andy Warhol’ - on this and ‘Queen Bitch’ Leicester’s legendary art rocker did not disappoint.

‘Song For Bob Dylan’ I loved tackling, it’s a bit of an overlooked Bowie song but a hell of a live number to do. Leaving ‘The Bewley Brothers’, just perfect for Simon Gilroy with Andy and Gaz.

All this and a set of superb choices by Simon and The Serious Moonlights - ‘I’m Afraid Of Americans’,’Valentines Day’ and a swaggering ‘Fame’, relentless drums by Nick Murphy!

To top it all Wellard Willy represented the guitar dominated rockier end of the ‘Ziggy’ era - I can never forget the fun we had doing ‘Diamond Dogs’ together at the Simon Says Festival In 2017.

I can’t imagine a ‘Let’s Play Ed Sheeran’ in 45 years time. Mick Ronson gave Bowie 1,000% and David himself was ultra-inspired, ‘Hunky Dory’ is his Beatles album to me, yet he was to totally turn it around with ‘Ziggy’ and then his Thin White Duke and Berlin eras. He owned the 70s.

I felt sad afterwards because this package could tour it’s that good. I also felt sad over the loss of Bowie himself. It still hurts 2 years later and I think it always will. He was such a part of our lives and still sounds way ahead of most everything, always was, always will be..

Terrible photos, nigh on impossible conditions to take them lol..

By kevinhewick, Jan 11 2016 10:22AM

On Friday I did what I've done since I was a kid - got on a bus to the city centre to go to HMV to buy the new Bowie album. As archaic as it comes in download streaming Sheeranzzz 2016, I was 58 going on 18.. and I ran into Gaz Birtles who was there for exactly the same reason - and we unwrapped 'Blackstar' in St Martin's coffee shop to examine the art work, to look for signs and meanings. Later on I played it through 5 times in a row. Not out of duty, but because it was on form/happening, because it was Bowie.. I didn't dream that by Monday morning I'd be writing this and feeling this and sharing grief with countless fans all over the world. We adored him, bitched about him, analysed him, speculated, gossiped, you name it. It's impossible to express right now however hard we try. King Bitch has left the building. The Thin White Duke is dredging the ocean, lost in his circle. Sleep well Leper Messiah, you're a Blackstar!

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