The Human Side of David Bowie
David Bowie passed away in 2016. Together with him one of the greatest pop stars this planet had ever seen was also gone. The Englishman was called not only a musical genius but also a chameleon who used to change his images regularly. His fans will not forget the songs, his extravagant outfits, and his incredible shows on stage every time. Bowie kept control of his artistic oeuvre right up to the end. With his last record Blackstar, the versatile surprised the music world again. He produced a jazz album that was completely convincing in every aspect. So it’s no wonder that Bowie ruled the charts for many months after his death. Control and discipline have always been the hallmarks of his career. Towards the end of the millennium, the superstar showed himself in a role that his fans are unfamiliar.
Contrary to his habits, Bowie organized a short tour of small halls in 1999. Instead of a sophisticated show full of effects, his fans experienced a deeply relaxed singer who marched on stage partly in a sweater and presented a program full of musical pearls. As if that wasn’t enough, the singer even had one of these shows streamed live on the Internet. That was a real sensation 21 years ago. Fans rave about those shows to this day, after all, they were an absolute rarity in David Bowie’s success story. Now music lovers have the opportunity to experience one of these concerts again for themselves. Recently not only a CD with the title Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) was released but also the corresponding DVD with a recording of this famous show.
The concert in Paris was extraordinary for Bowie. After all, on the same day, he had received the highest artistic award in France. Only a few personalities of the art world receive the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. The concert that took place on the same evening lived up to this honour. Bowie had included numerous rarely played songs in his repertoire and dispensed mainly with his greatest hits. The setlist included, for example, the tune Can’t Help Thinking About Me. Bowie had not played this single from 1965 for 30 years.
A Musical Highlight
The total of 15 songs was recorded as part of the Hours Tour 1999 on October 14, 1999, at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris. They show a superstar who presents himself as a mature personality. Bowie has visibly arrived and is at peace with himself and the world. At this point, he no longer had to prove anything but concentrated entirely on what he had to say. Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) presents a sympathetic and vocally up-to-date star who enjoys his time on stage. Shortly before the re-release of his 1975 album Young Americans, the Bowie record company is giving fans a great gift that will keep the memory of the superstar alive.