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David Bowie ‘No Plan’ EP

bowie_blackstar_1To mark what would have been David Bowie‘s 70th birthday, a new EP of music has been released along with a video for ‘No Plan’.

As well as the single ‘Lazarus’, the EP also features tracks recorded for the acclaimed musical of the same name – backed by the bittersweet melancholy of ‘No Plan’, the dark and menacing jazz-tinged scorched rock of ‘Killing A Little Time’ akin to his material from ‘Outside’ and the ambient acid rock of ‘When I Met You’. Recorded around the time of ‘Blackstar’ for the musical ‘Lazarus’, these were Bowie’s final ever recordings.

Directed by Tom Hingston, the video calls upon the motif of rows of TV screens from ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, with a nod to main character Thomas Newton with the shop name ‘Newton Electrical’ – ending with visions of space travel and fitting final salute from Bowie.

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-48-29-pm-1483836581-640x360Check out the video: https://youtu.be/xIgdid8dsC8

While the weekend saw the television debut of the BBC’s new documentary ‘David Bowie: The Last Five Years‘, which recalled the final days and last few albums of the late icon, a special tribute concert to David Bowie at Brixton Academy to mark his birthday featuring friend and actor Gary Oldman along with over 30 musicians that collaborated with Bowie throughout his career – and more ‘special guests’

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The setlist was:

‘Dead Man Walking’ – Gary Oldman
‘Rebel Rebel’ – Bernard Fowler
‘Sorrow’ – Gary Oldman and Joe Sumner
‘Five Years’ – Gaby Moreno
‘Golden Years’ – La Roux
‘Lady Grinning Soul’ – Holly Palmer
‘The Man Who Sold The World’ – Jeremy Little and Gary Oldman
‘Diamond Dogs’ – Bernard Fowler
‘Life On Mars’ – Tom Chaplin
‘Wild Is The Wind’ – Gaby Moreno
‘Young Americans’ – Gail Ann Dorsey & The LCGC
‘Ashes To Ashes’ – Angelo Moore
‘Win’ – Bernard Fowler & The LCGC
‘All The Young Dudes’ – Joe Elliot & The LCGC
‘Fame’ – Adrian Belew
‘Fashion’ – Alex Painter
‘Sound And Vision’ – Adrian Belew
‘Changes’ – Tony Hadley
‘Rock And Roll Suicide’ – Bernard Fowler
‘Where Are We Now’ – Holly Palmer
‘Stay’ – Bernard Fowler
‘Aladdin Sane’ – Gail Ann Dorsey
‘Space Oddity’ – Gail Ann Dorsey
‘Starman’ – Mr Hudson
‘D.J.’/’Boys Keep Swining’ – Adrian Belew
‘Ziggy Stardust’ – Angelo Moore
‘Moonage Daydream’ – Angelo Moore
‘Suffragette City’ – Joe Elliot
‘Heroes’ – Bernard Fowler
ENCORE:
‘Loving The Alien’ – Catherine Russell
Jean Genie – Bernard Fowler
‘Let’s Dance’ – Simon Le Bon & The LCGC
‘Under Pressure’ – Joe Sumner, Catherine Russell & The LCGC

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