Herald Sun - December 15th 2003

Thin white duke even thinner

David in Montreal ROCK star David Bowie kicked off his first North American concert series in eight years on the weekend, a week late after battling the flu that is sweeping the US.

The British rocker drank from a few bottles of Gatorade, took some pills in the wings and blew his nose.

But his illness did not appear to affect his voice, which he stretched to its fullest on such classics as Life on Mars and All the Young Dudes. He caught a bouquet of flowers, but he drew the line at a Disney stuffed toy offered to him.

Bowie began his world tour in Copenhagen on October 7. After North America, he travels to New Zealand, Australia and Japan, and then returns to Europe for some festival dates.