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The Sound & Vision of David Bowie – Episode Four

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“Singer, songwriter, poet, painter, rule breaker, game changer. He pushed the boundaries, blurred the lines, held up a mirror and reflected to us the state of our culture, our world and ourselves.”

“The irreplaceable trailblazer David Bowie helped define our universe through his music.” (source, LOM)

Welcome to the exploration of the sound & vision of David Bowie – Episode Four.

George Meier joins the show. Coming from an extensive radio background, George was the founder of Walrus! (exclaimation point), and in the 70s became the national voice for album-oriented rock in the United States. Walrus! was the pioneer tip sheet for AOR radio. Now termed album-oriented rock, it is an FM radio format created in the United States in the 1970s. It focused on the full repertoire of rock albums.

Walrus! was an independent industry trade publication for labels and radio stations. “Walrus! was a rock music radio “tip sheet” publication founded by George Meier in 1969. It continued until the early 80s.

George was a gatekeeper for emerging artists. Emerging artists at the time such as Bon Jovi, Mellencamp, and Springsteen. David Bowie was one artist. George talks about his time with David Bowie, thoughts the artist shared with him and moments they shared.

I chat one-on-one with George Meier. George was a gatekeeper for emerging artists. Emerging artists at the time such as Bon Jovi, Mellencamp, and Springsteen. David Bowie was one artist. George talks about his time with David Bowie, thoughts the artist shared with him and moments they shared.

Tracks performed by Life On Mars (LoM)

“Jean Genie” 2:27

“The Man Who Sold The World” 49:12

 

Music Info & Credits

Life On Mars (LoM)

“Turn and face the strange”  David Bowie 1947 – 2016

Singer, song writer, poet, painter, rule breaker, game changer. For nearly five decades David Bowie helped define our universe through his music. He pushed the boundaries, blurred the lines, held up a mirror and reflected back to us the state of our culture, our world and most importantly, ourselves.

Established in 2004, Toronto, Canada based Life on Mars (LoM) presents the genius of Bowie across the decades. Maintaining the integrity of the music, note for note, LoM presents a two hour retrospect, a musical reinvention of classic Bowie hits; uniquely arranged into a soaring, emotional, musical, concert experience of astonishing nuance and power.

Life on Mars is not an imitation of Bowie but an emulation of his music and a celebration of his spirit. Singer Kevin Connelly fuses the essence of Bowie’s vision and charisma with his own electrifying talent and captures with mesmerizing accuracy, the mystery, the moves and the magic of Bowie himself; backed by the incomparable Heroes band this is a performance unsurpassed by any other of it’s kind.

LoM bio and reviews, introduction to episode. source 

Credits

LoM players on the audio / video:
 
Lead vocals – Kevin Connelly
Background Vocals – Tanya Godinho, Peter Saban
Guitars – Chuck Brown, Peter Saban
Keyboards – Rob Cooper, Joe Tamborini, Peter Saban
Drums – Alexander ‘Sascha’ Tukatsch, Steve Kendry

Reviews

“Kevin Connelly is stunning: he can play the rock star with remarkable grace because he is one. His voice is potent and flexible, his moves are magical. He has this way of calmly holding an attitude as though something were about to happen, it’s very dramatic. And something does happen. He and his band deliver, one after another, solid interpretations of brilliant Bowie songs- all the greats- some in fresh arrangements, others fairly faithful, all led by Kevin’s powerful performance that is at turns tribute, but offers unique interpretation. Very theatrical: Kevin’s a true entertainer.” – Vincent de Tourdonnet, Toronto, ON

“I have had Bowie in my head and ears ever since seeing Kevin essentially channel him to perfection.” – Sarah Stone, Toronto, ON

“Went to see Kevin Connelly channel the Thin White Duke…. at the Randolph Academy with Life on Mars…. Kevin and the band were OUTSTANDING!” – Lawrie Ingles, Toronto, ON

“Amazing show guys, blew my sparkly 70’s jumpsuit right off!” – Steve Frise, Toronto, ON 

“Please come back to Sellersville again, I absolutely loved the show!” – Karen Wagner, Sellersville, PA 

“You were amazing! Please come back to Sellersville PA again! What an enjoyable show!!!!” – Crystal Smith, Sellersville, PA

David Bowie albums covered: 

Hunky Dorey – released Dec 17, 1971 recorded June – August 1971 genres – Pop Rock, Glam Rock, Art Rock Singer/Songwriter, Piano Rock, Art Pop, Baroque Pop

Space Oddity – released Nov 4, 1969 recorded 20 June 1969 – 16 Sept 1969 genres – Folk Rock Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – released June 16, 1972 recorded July 9 1971 to Feb 4, 1972 genres – Glam Rock, Pop Rock Art Rock, Rock Opera

Alladin Sane – released April 12, 1973 recorded Oct 6 1972 to Jan 24, 1973 genre – Glam Rock, Art Rock Hard Rock, Piano Rock

Young Americans – released March 7, 1975 recorded Aug 1974 to January 1975 genre – Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop Rock, Pop Soul
Funk, Philly Soul

Station to Station – released Jan 23, 1976 recorded Sept to Nov 1975 genre – Art Rock Funk Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Heroes – released Oct 1, 1977 recorded July-August 1977 genre – Art Rock Ambient, Electronic, Art Pop, Krautroc

Diamond Dogs – released Sept 12, 1980 recorded Feb-April 1980 genre – Art Rock, New Wave Art Pop, Post-Punk, New Wave

Jack Spann:

“You’re Oh Such a Woman Mr. Sanders” (35:42:57) from the album You’re Oh Such A Woman (Mr. Sanders) Jack Spann 24 Nov 2014

“I’m A Bird” and “She Makes Pornography On The Weekends” from the Beautiful Man From Mars album, Jack Spann released June 16, 2017.

About the Author
Shay D is a media professional and creative A&R management consultant who inspires and empowers artists to create business models that go global. These projects ignite actual results. Shay owns and operates thebuzzr media, thebuzzr podcasts, and WOBZ Music. The companies support independent artists of all genres, from around the globe. WOBZ Music (What’s Our Buzz?) began in 2020 as part of thebuzzr media. Shay is dynamic and creative, hosts a syndicated radio show, is a songwriter, and writer as well as an active curator for many indie platforms. Periodically she is also a copywriter providing Top 40 music content for a NYC firm and a radio programming consultant on an international platform.

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