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JUNE 1999 - DAVID BOWIE NEWS

A NEW CAREER IN A NEW TOWN?
27th June 1999

Out on Cargo Records (Linear LINE 01) 'A New Career In A New Town' new single by BAPISTE. This is NOT the DAVID BOWIE track from 'Low' (cost me £4.95 to find that out! Ah well).

REBEL REBEL ON DETROIT ROCK CITY
27th June 1999

Porn Stars Join Everclear In New Video: It's always been cool to have sexy girls in your music video, but these days sexy doesn't quite cut it. Everclear is the next in what is becoming a long line of artists (Fig Dish, Metallica, Blink 182) who are turning to the sexiest of the sexy: Vivid Video's porn divas.

Vivid Video starlets Janine (who graces the cover of Blink 182's Enema of the State), Chasey Lain, Julia Ann, and Raylene will join the boys in Everclear on video for their cover of the Thin Lizzy hit, "The Boys Are Back in Town." The song is the first video and single from the film Detroit Rock City. Everclear and friends will shoot the video in Los Angeles next week. Gene Simmons of Kiss will also make a cameo appearance in the video.

The Mercury Records soundtrack to Detroit Rock City will hit stores on 3rd August and will also include tracks by DAVID BOWIE, Marilyn Manson (covering AC/DC's "Highway to Hell"), Van Halen, Pantera (covering Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever"), Cheap Trick, the Donnas, and Black Sabbath, among others. The movie, which follows a group of Kiss fans that are trying to get into a 1978 sold-out Kiss concert, hits theatres on 13th August.

Track listing for the soundtrack to Detroit Rock City:

..1. Everclear: "The Boys Are Back in Town"
..2. Kiss: "Shout It Out Loud"
..3. Van Halen: "Runnin' with the Devil"
..4. Pantera: "Cat Scratch Fever"
..5. Black Sabbath: "Iron Man"
..6. Marilyn Manson: "Highway to Hell"
..7. Drain STH: "20th Century Boy"
..8. Kiss: "Detroit Rock City"
..9. Thin Lizzy: "Jailbreak"
10. Cheap Trick: "Surrender" (Live)
11. David Bowie: "Rebel Rebel"
12. The Donnas: "Strutter"
13. The Runaways: "School Days"
14. Sweet: "Little Willie"
15. Kiss: "Nothing Can Keep Me from You"

By Kevin Raub

DB BACK CATALOGUE RELEASE DATES!
26th June 1999

Seventeen titles from DAVID BOWIE'S back catalogue will be released in September by Virgin Records in North America and EMI Records throughout the rest of the world. Each album has been digitally re-mastered at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

The packaging for each CD will include booklets up to sixteen pages. They feature the original album artwork, a selection of photos and with the exception of Pin Ups, the full lyrics. While the original integrity of the artwork remains intact, the back inlays and spines of the CD's have been designed to achieve a continuity across all seventeen albums.

The re-releases include the following titles:

September 6th:
....Space Oddity
....The Man Who Sold The World
....Hunky Dory
....The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
....Aladdin Sane
....Pin Ups
....Diamond Dogs
....Young Americans

September 20th:
....Station To Station
....Low
....Heroes
....Lodger
....Scary Monsters
....Let's Dance
....Tonight
....Never Let Me Down
....Tin Machine

The albums were digitally transferred from, wherever possible, the original analogue masters at 24 bits resolution. They were processed using Sonic Solutions NoNoise technology and mastered to 16 bit for CD using Prism SNS Noise Shaping.

These new edition re-issues will be a fitting way to take David's core catalogue into the 21st Century and are a must for all Bowie fans!

There is even a cool multimedia presentation about BowieNet on each CD

Keep watching this space for further updates!

MARK PLATI BNET CHAT GUEST
25th June 1999

This evening BowieNet hosted an excellent "live chat" with MARK PLATI Producer and Engineer.

You can now read the chat transcription here

OOPS SONG TITLE MISTAKE
24th June 1999

One of the named tracks on the upcoming DAVID BOWIE 'hours..." album was said to be entitled 'A Englishwoman In New York' - sorry this is completely wrong... my mistake... a right royal mix up! - Paul.

BOWIE/PLACEBO EP TO BE RELEASED JULY
24th June 1999

Hut/Virgin Records are releasing 'Without You I'm Nothing' as a limited edition release EP from PLACEBO featuring DAVID BOWIE on July 26th 1999.

David Bowie and Placebo spent the day in a New York studio (28th March) recording a new song together, plus their live version of '20th Century Boy' from The Brit Awards and also the encores at Placebo's NY Irving Plaza, 20th Century Boy and 'Without You I'm Nothing' - hopefully the EP will contain all the tracks.

You can view some in-concert photographs taken by Yael when David turned up at Placebo's NY Irving Plaza gig for the encores.

Thanks to Bonster for the photo info

Update: Read the official press release here.

MARK PLATI BNET CHAT GUEST - REMINDER
24th June 1999

This evening BowieNet is pleased to bring you a "live chat" with MARK PLATI Producer and Engineer.

Tonight Thursday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m. (EST); Friday, June 25th at 1.00 a.m. (GMT); Thursday, June 24th at 5:00 p.m. (PST) .

If you have any questions you would like to ask Mark BEFORE the live chat, you can e-mail your questions to info@davidbowie.com - they will use these pre-chat questions in addition to your live questions.

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You can read the chat transcription here

TRACK LISTING FOR "hours..."
23rd June 1999

From a total of twelve tracks featured on the new DAVID BOWIE album hours... to be released 5th October on Virgin Records - eight of the titles known so far are:

The Dreamers
Thursday's Child
What's Really Happening
Survive
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell
New Angels Of Promise
If I'm Dreaming My Life
Something In The Air

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: "hours..."
23rd June 1999

DAVID BOWIE TO INCLUDE "WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING," THE TRACK WRITTEN IN THE CYBER-SONG BOWIENET CONTEST, ON FORTHCOMING ALBUM TITLED 'hours...' DUE OUT OCTOBER 5 ON VIRGIN RECORDS

DAVID BOWIE has just finished recording hours... his forthcoming album due out October 5 on Virgin Records. Produced by Bowie and longtime collaborator/guitarist Reeves Gabrels, the album will contain such songs as "Thursday's Child," "Survive" and "The Dreamers," as well as "What's Really Happening," the song co-written by Alex Grant, winner of the BowieNet cybersong contest.

"What's Really Happening," regarded as the first true cyber-song, was the result of collaborative efforts between Bowie and co-writer Alex Grant, who was one of 80,000 people who submitted lyrics online to the Bug Music-sponsored BowieNet cyber-song contest. Last month, fans around the world were able to watch a live webcast of the recording session on BowieNet, Tunes.com/RollingStone.com and the Lucent Technologies FullView web site, as Bowie laid down the song tracks with Grant and his friend singing background. This event marked the first-ever public webcast using the 360-degree FullView camera, invented at Bell Labs, the research and development arm of Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU). According to Bowie, "The most gratifying part of the evening for me was being able to encourage Alex and his pal Larry to sing on the song that he, Alex, had written. It was a cool way to finish the session off."

The mysteriously titled "hours..." features: Bowie, vocals, keyboard and 12-string acoustic guitar; Reeves Gabrels, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboard and programming; Mark Plati, bass, acoustic and electric 12-string guitar, keyboard and drum programming; and Mike Levesque (Dave Navarro Band), drums. The album was mixed by Bowie, Gabrels and Plati. Other details about the album and its first single/video are TBA.

FROM: TRESA REDBURN/MITCH SCHNEIDER

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23rd June 1999

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NEW SOLO ALBUM TITLE: "hours..."
21st June 1999

Bowie Counting Down "Hours" Until Release Of Next Album

Rock and roll chameleon DAVID BOWIE has finally completed work on his new solo album, entitled "hours..." and due out on October 5th.

Bowie collaborated on the record with one of his old Tin Machine bandmates, guitarist Reeves Gabrels, who played on the Thin White Duke's last effort, 1997's "Earthling." Gabrels also earned a recent credit with Public Enemy by providing guitar work for the rap group's "He Got Game" single.

Others musicians helping out on "hours..." include another "Earthling" album, bassist and keyboardist Mark Plati, as well as drummer Mike Levesque of the Dave Navarro Band.

New cuts on the album include "The Dreamers," "Thursday's Child," "Survive," and "What's Really Happening," a song co-written by the winner of an online competition selected by Bowie.

Info from TAL via MTV News

MARK PLATI BNET CHAT GUEST
21st June 1999

BowieNet is pleased to bring you a "live chat" with MARK PLATI Producer and Engineer.

Thursday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m. (EST); Friday, June 25th at 1.00 a.m. (GMT); Thursday, June 24th at 5:00 p.m. (PST) .

Plati is a producer, engineer and musician based in New York City. He has been a musician since the age of 11, studying bass with Duke Ellington's nephew in high school and a variety of instruments at Indiana University. He came to New York in 1987 and began working with dance music legend Arthur Baker as an engineer, synthesizer programmer and mixer. In 1990 he worked with Prince on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack, and from there began to move more into rock and mainstream record production. Working with the Poppies in 1991 brought Mark to The Looking Glass Studios, and after that experience he began to make the studio his base, recording there with artists such as David Bowie, The Cure, Duncan Sheik and Deee-Lite, to name a few.

His philosophy is that anything goes in the studio, and has been quoted as saying he likes to make records out of 'junk'. He is also an avid cyclist (often mistaken for a bike messenger).

If you have any questions you would like to ask Mark before the live chat, you can e-mail your David Bowie questions to info@davidbowie.com - they will use these pre-chat questions in addition to your live questions.

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BOWIE SEARCHES FOR NEW DEAL
21st June 1999

Bowie searches for new record deal

Virgin Records flew in the big bosses from around the world to London last week to meet DAVID BOWIE and hear new material that they are expected to release following his imminent signing of a worldwide deal.

According to one source who heard the material developed with Reeves Gabrels - guitarist in Tin Machine - "it sounds like early Bowie mixed with the best ideas from Tin Machine."

The source adds, "The vocals are more distinctive, there are singles and it sounds like a band he's not going for the younger listener the way he did with his last drum & bass material."

Bowie, who has technically been without a deal in the UK since his last album Earthling on BMG in 1997, is understood to be keen to sign with Virgin, which already releases him in the US.

From dotmusic.com

NEW ALBUM TITLE: "THE DREAMERS"
20th June 1999

The DAVID BOWIE album due out in September is entitled 'THE DREAMERS' written with REEVES GABRELS and with associate TONY VISCONTI involved, the album includes eight songs from the tie-in "futuristic action 3-D adventure" computer game, 'OMIKRON: The Nomad Soul' plus additional songs, making a total of twelve.

Info from MoJo Magazine

Song titles known so far are: 'The Dreamers' / 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' / 'What's Really Happening' / 'New Angels Of Promise'

(Ed. When I asked David last week about the song titles for the new album he also mentioned (jokingly) 'Scrubbing In Me Tub' and 'I've Got A Pink One'!).

DB AND TV WITH RUSTIC OVERTONES
20th June 1999

DAVID BOWIE and TONY VISCONTI are working with the up-and-coming seven-piece New England band called RUSTIC OVERTONES... Tony is currently producing the bands new album, due for release on 28th September 1999.

Check out their web site at: www.rusticovertones.com

NEW BOWIE BAND MEMBER
20th June 1999

Chris Haskett DAVID BOWIE mentioned in his BowieNet journal on Friday 18th June that at the Gisborne Millennium gig they will have a new band member. His name is CHRIS HASKETT who for many years has been a member of The Henry Rollins Band. He left recently and has been working quite a bit with Reeves in the New York clubs.

David said: "Chris will have his own little mountain from where he'll control computers, samples, loops, some keyboards, (I'll be doing some of that... and, I hope, Gail will too) and supplying tabular acoustic and nose bleedingly hostile electric guitar".

Go check out www.spacebros.com/haskett/index.html for some background information on Chris

REISSUES SNIPPETS
20th June 1999

I read the other day listed in a July release sheet...

Available to order - All DAVID BOWIE classic albums 24-bit remasters and lyric booklets.

1.OUTSIDE reissued on Arista at mid-price range.

CASTLE MUSIC PRESS RELEASE
20th June 1999

Castle Music Limited
Press Release

DAVID BOWIE
I DIG EVERYTHING
THE 1966 PYE SINGLES

DAVID BOWIE completists are in for a treat this July with the release of David Bowie's 1966 singles for Pye Records. The singles are being made available in both a 3 x 7" vinyl box set and a 3 x CD box set.

It was in 1966 that David changed his name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davey Jones of The Monkees. It was also the year that he signed to Pye as a solo artist. The material contained within the singles was self-penned and demonstrates the influence that blues and RnB music had on the young Bowie. There is also very definite evidence of the then prevalent mod style, also apparent in his attire as illustrated on the artwork.

Although, much greater things were yet to come, this set nevertheless documents an important milestone in the long and varied career of David Bowie.

Disc One
Can't Help Thinking About Me/And I Say To Myself

Disc Two
Do Anything You Say/Good Morning Girl

Disc Three
I Dig Everything/I'm Not Losing Sleep

(Ed. Notes: The CD set comes with a 12-page booklet... and the 7" set comes with a fold-open poster-style insert. Each picture sleeve has a contemporary '60s shot on one side... designed by Hugh Gilmour at 'Essential'... and an original early 70s Pye picture sleeve on the reverse... i.e. the Spanish Pye sleeve and the two Japanese Pye sleeves. Both sets are housed in a colour box (Sequel). - Released tomorrow 21st June 1999).

Web site at www.castlemusic.com

UNOFFICIAL '83 CD
20th June 1999

DAVID BOWIE 'BAD SEGEBERG 83' 2CD

Live Bad Segeberg, Germany, 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour: Out on CD for the first time, previously issued on vinyl as 'Event Of David Bowie', this excellent audience recording from one of the best 'Serious Moonlight' shows. The photographs on the inserts were taken at the actual gig.

Tracklisting: Jean Genie intro / Star / "Heroes" / What In The World / Golden Years / Fashion / Let's Dance / Red Sails / Breaking Glass / Life On Mars? / Sorrow / Cat People / China Girl / Scary Monsters / Rebel Rebel / White Light, White Heat / Station To Station / Cracked Actor / Ashes To Ashes / Space Oddity / Young Americans / TVC15 / Fame / Stay / The Jean Genie / Modern Love.

Sound Quality: Excellent. Packaging: Excellent. Country: Germany.

ZDNET BOWIE INTERVIEWS
20th June 1999

ZDTV Interview ZDTV's Internet Tonight aired an exclusive three-part series, "David Bowie's Technical World" on Internet Tonight June 16th, 17th, and 18th (ZDTV - the 24-hour cable television channel about computers and the Internet. Bowie is interviewed in three segments: You can watch the three interviews here using the G2 RealPlayer

Part One: David Bowie's Cyber Song Contest

Part Two: Bowie as Internet Service Provider

Part Three: Bowie, The Visionary

For more information, and to register for Bowie's Virtual World Giveaway, visit Internet Tonight's Web site at www.zdtv.com/internettonight

EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE - Update
16th June 1999

The film EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE can be seen tonight Wednesday 16th June 10.00pm on the UK based Sky TV Premier Channel.

BOWIE SPECIAL BOX SET
16th June 1999

Due for release on 21st June is the new DAVID BOWIE release 'I Dig Everything'. This limited edition special box set is being issued as a triple 7" set or a triple CD set both featuring six tracks. Recorded in 1966 on Pye recordings these tracks hint at the innovative artist Bowie was to become.

Tracklisting:
Disc/7" 1: 'Can't Help Thinking About Me'/'And I Say To Myself'
Disc/7" 2: 'Do Anything You Say'/'Good Morning Girl'
Disc/7" 3: 'I Dig Everything'/'I'm Not Losing Sleep'

www.castlemusic.com

CYBERSONG STUDIO REBROADCAST
16th June 1999

Rollingstone.com a rebroadcast of David Bowie's In-Studio "What's Really Happening?" Cybersong Contest With David Bowie and winner, Alex Grant. Check out what they did: Cybersong Rebroadcast

When you're done watching the Webcast, make sure to click on the ZDTV logo to catch their three-part series with Bowie, who was interviewed on the scene before the in-studio session.

David Bowie Interview

PLACEBO/BOWIE RECORDING - Update
13th June 1999

I asked DAVID last night about the release of the PLACEBO collaboration which was due out a few weeks back. He said it has been delayed because they "remixed the track".

He also mentioned that the cybersong 'What's Really Happening' from competition winner Alex Grant is to be included on the next Bowie album due out in September.

OGDEN'S NUT GONE FILM
13th June 1999

The classic album by THE SMALL FACES 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake' is to be turned into a movie. Faces' drummer KENNEY JONES has ambitious plans to turn it into a full-length animation feature film.

The project, which has been simmering on the back-burner now for several years, is now almost ready to come into fruition.

Uli Meyer who did 'Space Jam' and 'Aladdin' movies is to be the animator, as well as top English illustrator Una Woodruff.

Jones has firm ideas about the actors he wants involved in the project: "PHIL COLLINS is going to do lead voiceover. He's a bit of a Cockney. He's going to play 'Happiness Sam'. I'd like ROBIN WILLIAMS to do Stanley Unwin's bit." And Jones has a role for DAVID BOWIE - "I haven't asked him yet, but when we first started, David Jones - as he was called then - was a folk singer. We used to take him to the gigs with us. He was like a fifth member of the Small Faces. I want him to sing the voice of the fly. He'd be stunning. Also, 'The Journey' is very Beatley. It would be nice if I got Ringo, Paul and George to come into the studio and do that track with Bowie as well."

As well as the six original album songs, Jones has unearthed a previously unheard backing track from those sessions: "The seven tracks will be rearranged, and five new songs will complete the story." Of those new songs, PETE TOWNSHEND has expressed an interest in the composing role.

Shooting will began the moment he's finds the right writer. Jones says: "It's very important for me to get somebody who sees 'Ogden's' the way I do. Townshend sees it completely, and he's champing at the bit - but he can't write the songs until the story is finished!".

THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
13th June 1999

June release from Castle Music is the album THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD by LULU (Cat no. NEMCD 423), which features 'The Man Who Sold The World' and 'Watch That Man', which DAVID BOWIE produced, played and provided backing vocals, along with MICK RONSON

www.castlemusic.com

JOE ELLIOTT Q INTERVIEW
13th June 1999

Snippets from a JOE ELLIOTT interview by Q Magazine this month:

"What's your most treasured material possession?
My record collection - particularly the David Bowie and Beatles bootlegs.

"What music would you have played at your funeral?"
'Rest In Peace' and 'All The Young Dudes' by Mott The Hoople and Eric Idle's 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life'.

"Where are you off to now?"
We're off to LA to shoot a video for the new single. Then we're going to finish off some B-sides. We're doing some classics like The Faces' 'Stay With Me', Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Who Do You Love' off Ian Hunter's first solo album.

From Q Magazine

ZDTV CABLE BOWIE INTERVIEWS
13th June 1999

ZDTV's Internet Tonight will air an exclusive three-part series, "David Bowie's Technical World" on Internet Tonight June 16th, 17th, and 18th at 7:00pm PDT/EDT (6:00pm Central). (ZDTV - the 24-hour cable television channel about computers and the Internet. Bowie is interviewed in three segments:

Wednesday, June 16: "The Cyber Song Contest" Internet Tonight films a recording session at New York's Looking Glass Studio, as David Bowie records the song written by BowieNet Cyber Song contest winner, Alex Grant.

Thursday, June 17: "BowieNet, The Coolest ISP on the Planet" Internet Tonight interviews Bowie's business partners, Bob Goodale and Ron Roy and web master Howard J. Bowie talks about the evolution of his online community and his vision for the future of the site.

Friday, June 18: "Bowie, The Visionary" Liam Mayclem queries Bowie on MP3, online movie distribution, and what lies ahead for the music world and the Internet.

For more information, and to register for Bowie's Virtual World Giveaway, visit Internet Tonight's Web site at www.zdtv.com/internettonight

BOWIE TAROT CARDS
4th June 1999

BowieArt.com are proud to announce another suite of David Bowie Cards. The five cards are faithful reproductions of his famous 1975 Tarot Series. Death, Star, Earth, Moon and Love. The suite are some of David's rare and popular images from the 1970's and were originally printed in a limited edition of 50 of fine Japanese paper.

They are striking images, and make very good cards. The set are on sale in the Gallery now for £8.00/$13.00, and as before BowieArt.com only accepts credit cards for postcard orders.

BOWIE BY GABOR
4th June 1999

© 1996 Tim Gabor. All rights reserved This wonderful DAVID BOWIE illustration was produced by the artist TIM GABOR who's is currently featured in the 1998 edition of Showcase, an annual reference book of national illustration. He has also just completed art direction and design for the new Anthrax - Volume 8 music CD.

Tim has received various awards including: Society of Illustrators 1995 (Illustration), Gold Medal - Society of Illustrators (Design), CA Illustration Annuals 1987-1992 (Illustration and Design), Society of Illustrators 1992 - The Best Music Art & Design 1997; Print's Regional Design Annual 1998.

You can view Tim's artwork portfolio at The Lazy Eye

Artwork © 1996 Tim Gabor. All rights reserved.

SURFERS CHOICE TOP 10 SITE
4th June 1999

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for this web site in the Surfers Site Top 100 Awards. Much appreciated.

This web site BOWIEWONDERWORLD.COM finished in 3rd position for the SCA People Choice Award overall for the total number of votes cast, amazingly there was only a 29 vote difference between Platinum and Silver!

The Top 3 Vote Getters were:

The World of MP3 - (Platinum Award)
ED Foods - (Gold Award)
Bowie Wonderworld - (Silver Award)

Silver Medal Award

This web site was also chosen by the judges to be included in their 'Top Ten' web sites of 1998, managing the position of 9th best web site of 1998 Surfers Choice Annual Sites Of The Year.

Surfers Choice Top 10 Web Sites (and ties)

..1. Kelly Career Services (SITE OF THE YEAR WINNER)
..2. Dreaming Among The Jade Clouds
..2. Official Home Page of the L.A. Dodgers
..3. Alaska's Kenai Peninsula Resource Center
..4. Official Home Page of Donovan Bailey
..5. E-3 Directiv
..6. First Nine Months
..7. WSO Graphics
..7. Earth Talk Studios
..8. Sharp Ideas
..9. David Bowie Wonderworld
10. Resources Connection
10. The Journey of the Out of Bounds
10. River Highlands Country Club Homes

1998 Top 10 Web Site

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped with this site over the past two years, you know who you are... and especially to RAVEN and ELECTRIC BLUE (Val and Steph) who between them over the past 3 months have been of enormous help with this web site along with the other project I've got lined up and ready to go. - Paul xx

WE CAN BE HEROES
4th June 1999

BOWIE, DAVID - WE CAN BE HEROES - $17.95

Available on Pre-Order/Import Books at The Artist Shop web site.

160 pages written by SEAN MAYES who played and toured with DAVID BOWIE from the early '70s up to 1978. Features never before seen live and behind-the-scenes photos plus an introduction by Bowie himself.

Sean played piano with the British rock n' roll group FUMBLE - back in the Ziggy days in 1973 they toured as support for David in Britain and America. He got a call to do the backing on "Heroes" on Top Of The Pops. After the session David mentioned to him that he'd be touring the following year and he invited Sean to be part of the band. Sean also played on David's 'Lodger' album in 1979.

Sean's diary/book was part serialised in the 'Starzone' UK Bowie fanzine quite a few years back, September 1984 to be precise. An wonderful and interesting read to say the least.

Extracts:
'Some bird called Coco called,' my flatmate told me when I got in late one night. 'No, she didn't leave a message,' My heart jumped - a bird called Coco is David Bowie's personal assistant, and I had been anxiously awaiting this call for over a month. She did finally catch up with me.

Have you got a pen? We start in March in America, then do Europe an Britain. It's three and half months altogether. Pat, an American guy, will be in London later this month to sort ut details. Then - Hang on, David wants a word. (Pause).

Hullo! - that familiar voice with the rough edge that owes something to Gitanes and something to years of touring, He sounds as though he's smiling. I'm glad you're coming along with us.

So am I... er... (I'm always so dumb on the phone... where are you calling from - New York?

No, Berlin.

Oh yes, of course.

Is there anything else you want to know?

Um... off the top of my head, I can't think of anything.

Good, he laughed, that's how I like it!

When he rang off of course I thought of lots of things I should have asked, but it was several weeks before I got any answers.

Sean sadly passed away aged forty-nine on 29th May at St. Mary's Hospital in London after an Aids-related illness.

EXHUMING MR. RICE AT CANNES
3rd June 1999

David Bowie Plays 400-Year-Old Man In Film Says he appeared in 'Exhuming Mr. Rice,' which screened at Cannes, because it's 'charming, compassionate, touching.'

Correspondent MARGARET BREAM reports:

CANNES, France - DAVID BOWIE put on 348 years to play the title role in 'EXHUMING MR. RICE' a new film that screened last month at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The 52-year-old, chameleon-like musician plays 400-year-old Mr. Rice, who helps a cancer-stricken 12-year-old boy search for a magical elixir.

"I thought (the script) was charming, compassionate, touching and very well-written," Bowie said in a statement. "I really wanted to be part of it."

But it wasn't easy for the film-makers to get the script to Bowie, who has acted in more than thirty films since making his screen debut in the 1976 sci-fi movie "The Man Who Fell To Earth."

"(It) involved going through a lot of gatekeepers," said Colleen Nystedt, the movie's producer.

Bowie said he doesn't go looking for scripts. "They seem to find their way to me," he said. "Every now and again, a script will come along that really touches me for some reason or another, or there will be somebody attached to it that I want to work with. I tend to find myself in films for those conditions."

In the low-budget Canadian film, written by J.H. Wyman (a pseudonym for Joel Wyner), Bowie plays a kindly man who lives next door to 12-year-old Owen (played by 14-year-old Bill Switzer), who lives fearfully in death's shadow. Bowie's Mr. Rice, who doesn't have much time left himself, wants Owen to throw off the fear that paralyses him and start living life more fully.

Rice eventually leads Owen on a hunt for a magical potion that will give the person who drinks it one full life.

It was one of about 600 films that screened at the prestigious Cannes festival, which ran May 12th-23rd.

Bowie, who plays his role with a shy smile and uplifted eyebrows, said people will connect with the story because it concerns illness, which touches almost everyone in some way. His character shares with the 12-year-old boy the key to spiritual life.

As for the glowing, bright blue magic potion that ends up saving both their lives, Bowie said he wouldn't mind getting his thin white paws on some. "I haven't come across (anything like it) in 30 years of rock 'n' roll," he said. "It would fetch a mean street price, I'll tell you, if you could get some."

None of Bowie's music appears in the movie, shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, and directed by Nicholas Kendall. The movie uses original music by Simon Kendall - his pan-flute melodies recall the score to "Titanic" - along with songs by Tom Cochrane, Sharkskin and the Creators.

By MARGARET BREAM

NEW ZIGGY BOOK PUBLISHED IN UK
3rd June 1999

The new ZIGGY STARDUST book written by MARK PAYTRESS is now available in the UK (1st June). Published by Simon & Schuster - ISBN 0-028-64771-8.

NUDE ART IN NEW YORK
3rd June 1999

Curious catch glimpse of 'nude art'- Art lovers, reporters and the curious flocked to the New York Academy of Art yesterday to sneak a peek of 150 pieces of art - mostly nudes - created by well-known artists such as DAVID BOWIE, Eric Fishl and Cecily Brown. A party and silent auction of the works will be held Thursday. Because the nude body is the subject, sponsor MAC Cosmetics will paint some well-known "human canvases" designed by celebrities like Shirley Manson of Garbage, singer Tony Bennett, actor Alan Cumming of "Cabaret," TV personality Conan O'Brien and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley.

From BONSTER

David's artwork donation for the 'Take Home A Nude' auction at the TriBeca Hall in New York City has been done on a completely black canvas, spells out the word "Nipples" in Braille.

ICONS OF POP EXHIBITION
1st June 1999

Britain's pop rebels join the Establishment: The National Portrait Gallery is to prove once and for all that the route from youthful rebellion to pillar of the Establishment is a short one. 'ICONS OF POP' which opens on Friday 4th June 1999, features The Sex Pistols at the height of their notoriety, alongside the likes of DAVID BOWIE and The Rolling Stones. Photographs of fifty performers, representing forty years of British pop culture from The Beatles to Catatonia, have been chosen for the exhibition.

EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE ON SKY TV
1st June 1999

This month Sky TV are screening EVERYBODY LOVES SUNSHINE on 16th June on their Premier Channel. The movie featuring DAVID BOWIE, GOLDIE, ANDREW GOTH and VINCENT DAVIES filmed last year in The Isle Of Man and Liverpool.


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