David Bowie

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Bowie Grows the Legend
Venue/Date: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands, TX)
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April 29th, 1994
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Bowie lives up to the legend with mix of new, old hits


It turns out the best character David Bowie ever played is David Bowie. The performer who has gallivanted as both Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke came to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Thursday as himself. It was his best incarnation yet.
David Bowie performs during his Reality tour stop at the Woodlands Pavilion, April 29.

Bowie, 57, never looked more vibrant and excited about playing the songs that made his legend. Bowie has fudged on his 15-year-old declaration that he was retiring many of his classics to concentrate on the present. And we are all the better for it.

A quintuple shot of the hits Fashion, All the Young Dudes (yes, he wrote the song that made Mott the Hoople famous), China Girl, Modern Love and Fame was a dream concert sequence. After that, the covers of the Velvet Underground's White Light, White Heat and the Pixies' Cactus were just him showing off.

Bowie has figured out that performing his vintage hits helps his fans accept his more recent creations, like his new album, Reality.

Bowie and his magnificent six-piece band spent a little more than two hours delivering 26 songs that covered all corners of his 35-year career.

From the guitar rock of his earliest works, like The Man Who Sold the World, to the polished '80s synth-pop of China Girl and Modern Love and the mid-'90s single I'm Afraid of Americans, the artistic road Bowie has traveled was laid out like a Key map. Add the spare theatrical selections from Reality and 2-year-old Heathen and one could hear how Bowie has come full circle back to the sound of his first single, Space Oddity.

Appearing at the front of a two-tiered stage decorated in faux limestone with white, leafless trees hanging upside down on each side, Bowie opened with Rebel Rebel. Dressed in a tattered waistcoat with tails that hid a sleeveless T-shirt and jeans, he looked like a character out of some highly modernized Charles Dickens story.
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