A WEEKLY DIARY EXCLUSIVELY WRITTEN FOR MIRABELLE MAGAZINE
7th September 1974
I'm just recovering from the most amazing birthday party - and the guest of honour at this party was none other than my loving wife, Angie! That's right - it was Angie's 25th birthday and we've been celebrating up a storm! Angie's always arranged marvellous 'special occasion' celebrations for friends of hers, so this year all of MainMan decided to do something extra-special for Angie!
We made it a complete surprise - Angie never suspected that we were planning anything for her. And so when she walked into where the festivities were being held, there was a look of genuine astonishment on her face.
Okay, I'll tell the story right from the beginning. Angie's come out to be with me while I'm doing my dates - quite thoughtful, really 'cos Angie's modelling assignments have been keeping her really busy. Plus, she's been helping her friend, Dana, in her modelling gigs. Dana respects Angie's advice in matters of make-up and fashion and so Angie's been letting Dana in on some of her tricks! Angie's also sending out press releases about Dana's activities and, along with MainMan, is helping to shape Dana's career.
Anyway, I convinced Angie that what she needed was a bit of a holiday and to spend it with me. All the while, I was making preparations for a birthday bash. Zee, the president of MainMan, rented a huge restaurant for the night, planned the menu and invited all the guests. When the night of her birthday came, I told Angie we'd go out for a quiet little dinner. We walked into the restaurant, which at this point was pitch black, started for a table when - all of a sudden - the lights went up and everybody in the room yelled "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGIE!"
There were people from MainMan specially imported for the occasion; friends of Angie's from Hollywood and another very special guest, Alice Cooper, who turned out to be the life and soul of the party.
Anyway, before we knew it, the champagne was flowing, the music was playing and everyone was having a marvellous time. We talked to Alice for quite a while and discovered that he's not at all like the person you see on stage. He's very sweet, and not at all scary.
Everyone danced and sang the night away, and made a big ritual out of Angie, cutting her birthday cake. Angie was so pleased that we remembered that chocolate with white icing was her favourite. So pleased, in fact, that she managed to eat most of the massive structure all by herself!
I must tell you all about the wonderful new projects I've become involved in. I'm going to produce a movie called Oktobriana. What, you may say, is an Oktobriana? Well, Oktobriana is a who, not a what, and she's the beautiful blonde, super-heroine of a very famous Russian underground comic strip.
I was given the collection of Oktobriana comic strips as a present - and while reading them it suddenly came to mind what a fabulous thing it would be to make Oktobriana (OK for short) a real person and film all her escapades. We'd even update the Oktobriana adventures and while she'd still be an exotic Russian, her adventures would be all over the world and she'd perhaps even wind up in space, occasionally.
Then I got stumped. Who in the world could play the role of this invincible, indestructible heroine? Luckily, I didn't have to go too far for the answer to that question. MainMan's own Amanda Lear just happens to be the perfect person. Amanda is blonde with a very fiery temperament just like the lady in question and she also really does have a Russian background. She was absolutely destined to play Oktobriana.
When I told Amanda about it she was very excited and we began working on scripts immediately. You know, of course, that I just can't resist writing in at least a tiny part for myself. We'll have to come up with a segment, 'Oktobriana Meets Starman', or something like that. Anything to get starstruck Bowie into the show!
Anyway, Amanda is having such a great time with this character that she doesn't want to be known as anything else. As she says, "Amanda is the past, Oktobriana is today". She says this with a flawless Russian accent so one tends to respect her wishes.
We're also having a wonderful time designing costumes for Oktobriana.
Our plans so far have Oktobriana wearing clothes made out of animals skins, high boots on her legs and she'll also carry a shining sabre. This girl really means business. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Oktobriana also has an album of songs coming out in the near future. It tells of all Oktobriana's adventurers and her loves and I'll have my hand in producing this record, too!
It's not going to be easy creating a match for the last great super-hero of the world, Ziggy Stardust, but Oktobriana is in mighty good hands.
I really must tell you about my very favourite city to perform in the whole of the United States of America! It's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - and it's one place that has always been so good to me that I've gained a special kind of attachment for it.
Last time I appeared there instead of playing in a huge arena, I was welcomed back to the Tower Theatre. It's a great old local movie theatre, seating only about 3,000 - and has such wonderful sound quality and vibrations.
And during that particular visit to Philadelphia, I was pleased to find that my very good friend, Ava Cherry, was recording there, too. So I got to see her smiling face and snow white hair every night back-stage, before and after the show.
You may already know that Angie's been spending a lot of time in London just recently. She's working on a 'secret' project - yes it's even secret to me! Angie has also been re-organising all the MainMan fan clubs so that you will be receiving much better attention in the near future - and some very selective and valuable facts on Zowie, Dana, Ronno, Angie and yours truly.
Every time Angie and I are apart I really do miss her, but I also understand that she has to do her own 'thing' - and I think we've found that the key to our happy marriage is the freedom of expression we allow each other.
Although one's natural instinct is often to possess, we must realise that to prevent or deter each other's individual growth is to prevent or deter the growth of the relationship. Many people with old-fashioned ideals and habits may view our marriage as something bizarre - but when I sing the words in 'Space Oddity' (and by the way, I still include this song in my shows) "tell my wife I love her very much..." Well, I mean them as much now as I did when I first wrote that line for Angie, even though she's now often oceans away.
Back on the work scene... I've almost completed work on my next album, and I should soon be starting on part two of my current U.S.A. tour.
During my last tour I really had to keep to a very tight schedule - and that was just another reason why I was so pleased to be in Philadelphia again. Let me explain... I appeared there six nights in a row - and with the kind of schedule I'd been keeping to, staying in the same place for just about a week was like a rest cure!
On that particular tour I lost a few pounds in weight and suffered from a bad sore throat for a while. But apart from that everything went fine.
I also had a short holiday at the gorgeous Cherry Vanilla's beach house on Fire Island, and that break did me a power of good!
This week I'm going to tell you about one of my concerts in July at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The first one was on a Friday night and there was the loveliest red sunset over Central Park and the West Side of Manhattan - and with a nine p.m. show starting time, I got to see it all!
I sat quietly and alone for almost an hour staring out of my hotel window, sort of meditating. I really needed it, too, because I must say that for the very first time in my whole career, I felt what can only be termed as 'scared stiff'. I'm not quite sure why. Certainly I've played in large arenas before and at a time in my career where fright would certainly have seemed to be expected. But on that particular night I got a very bad case of the 'jitters'.
Well, the sun went down behind the Manhattan skyscrapers, and I slipped back into reality when my friend Corinne came to get me. I swallowed hard, had a look in the mirror to make sure I was there(!) and followed her out of the hotel suite. But I forgot all about my nerves when I saw Angie and Dana standing in the hallway waiting for the lift. They looked gorgeous!
Then we went to the hall and the ladies went to their seats, and I went to my dressing room where, once again, I was alone and scared.
Then suddenly I began to hear a trickle of recorded sounds. I was escorted out of the dressing-room and, like a giant tidal wave of sounds, I heard the roar of 15,000 faithful fans.
When I stepped onto the stage, I freaked out! There was absolutely nothing but blackness in front of me - a giant wall of roaring blackness. For some reason, the way Jules had the lights set, I couldn't even see the first row - and me with a rare case of nerves! Well, the roar continued and the music was good - but my voice just wasn't coming out right. So I just danced more than usual, and thank goodness the crowd seemed to be pleased.
I made up my mind that the next show on Saturday night was going to knock 'em dead! I hurried out of the theatre, feeling a bit depressed, changed my clothes and went to a little MainMan family type party at the Plaza. Mick Jagger and Bette Midler arrived, and very soon I was in a relaxed state. I laughed myself silly that I should ever be afraid of anything. Then I took Angie by the hand, threw kisses goodnight and went home to get a good night's sleep and to dream about the nightmare that really wasn't.
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