Greetings Bowie fans everywhere! 2013 has been quite a year for the Wham Bam Bowie Band, and it's not even over yet!
Having mulled over the idea of starting a Bowie tribute band for quite a few years I approached Aaron Price ( keyboards ) in January to feel out his interest for the project. He agreed to join and the two of us began by working out songs on piano and acoustic guitar. Initially I wanted to focus on classic era Bowie from 1971 / 72 and so we worked up songs from the Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums. We were soon joined by Andre Cholmondeley ( electric guitar ) and then Brett Spivey ( bass ) and Jim Neu ( drums ).
After just a few rehearsals it was clear to me that this line-up was really up to the task. My vision was to present the songs live in a way that was as close to the original recordings as possible. This meant using the same instrumentation, arrangements and tones that Bowie used on these classic records. The music gelled very quickly and we scheduled our debut performance for May 31st at the LAB in Asheville, NC. The show was a sell out and a huge success, drawing a diverse crowd ranging in age from 20 year old Bowie freaks to folks in their 50's who bought these records when they were first released in the early 1970's.
We followed up by playing 2 shows in July in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC and then 4 shows in August including Nashville, Atlanta, Columbia and then back to the LAB in Asheville. It was obvious to me that there was a great demand for our show and a genuine love for Bowie's music amongst the masses.
Next we will take the show to the NorthEastern US for a 10 day run in late Sept / early Oct including performances in Philadelphia and NYC. Then we'll be back in Asheville for shows in Oct and Nov. Also we plan to get back to Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta before the end of the year.
The band will perform a special show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on Sat Dec 28th, with my own band The Cheeksters opening the show. We will then close out the year with a throwdown at the LAB in Asheville on New Years Eve.
As time moves forward we plan to chronologically progress through Bowie's mid to late 70's material and into the 1980's.
We are already looking forward to bringing our Bowie show to your town in 2014 !
See You Soon You Pretty Things !