Bowie Unveils 'Heathen' At Fan Club Show
David Bowie debuted material from his brand new ISO/Columbia album, "Heathen," last night (June 11) at New York's Roseland Ballroom before an audience of members from his BowieNet online fan club. TheDavid Bowie debuted material from his brand new ISO/Columbia album, "Heathen," last night (June 11) at New York's Roseland Ballroom before an audience of members from his BowieNet online fan club. The crowd was treated to a complete performance of the artist's 1977 album "Low," followed by the entirety of "Heathen" and a four-song encore.
After plowing through such "Low" favorites as "Sound and Vision" and "Always Crashing in the Same Car," Bowie and company rattled off faithful reproductions of the ghostly "Waszawa" and the largely synth-driven instrumentals "Art Decade," "Weeping Wall," and "Subterraneans."
The band returned after a 15-minute break and played each of the 12 tunes from "Heathen," which was released yesterday. As previously reported, the album features nine new Bowie originals alongside covers of the Pixies' "Cactus," Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting for You," and a new interpretation of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's "I Took a Trip (On a Space Shuttle)," recast as the uptempo dance track "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship."
Decked out in a long red coat for the encore, Bowie led his group through powerful renditions of "Hallo Spaceboy," "Ashes to Ashes," "Fashion," and "I'm Afraid of Americans." The artist plays NBC's "Today" show on Friday and then heads to London to curate and perform at the annual Meltdown festival.
Afterward, he'll play a handful of European festival dates before joining up with Moby and Busta Rhymes for the Area2 tour in late July.
Bowie recently told Billboard his set lists for those shows will include a bit of a career retrospective, despite his past declarations that he would abandon a "greatest-hits" presentation. "I keep going back on that," he says with a laugh. "I've gotten the impression that Moby's audience is fairly open to suggestion as to what kind of music they'll listen to. We're looking at a set of some stuff from the 'Low' period, some stuff from the new album. I don't know how many classics we'll play. I just look out at the sea of faces and take it from there. We've learned 46 songs so far, so we should be pretty well set up for most places."