The Foundry, Sheffield
mrs bogl delivered the goods for my birthday, earlier in the week: a ticket for this, in one of my favourite venues in Sheffield, just a twenty minute walk away.
It’s an interesting concept: the only remaining Spider and legendary Bowie producer as rhythm section with a crack band and…the lead singer of Heaven 17. Yet it really works. Not a tribute as such, though the arrangements tend to be as close to the originals as possible, with bits of the ’73 Hammersmith Odeon reproduced faithfully. Glenn Gregory makes no attempt to be a Bowie (no mimes during the solos from Width of a Circle, thankfully) but sings the songs in his own way extremely well. You don’t pick holes as you might with a tribute band, but accept it for what it is: a cracking band delivering great songs. Gregory is clearly having a ball performing some of his favourite songs on home turf. Woody is still a fearsome drummer, with the opening of The Supermen making the hairs stand up. Visconti handles the bass chores with aplomb. Great band generally with two guitarists alternating between taking lead lines or doing the twin harmonies Ronson seemed to use so much on The Man Who…
Pretty evenly split male/female. Never had any problems attracting a female audience, did he? Lots of greyhelms, but a pleasing number of teens and twenties, the majority of whom seemed to be female. Some evidence of dad/mum and daughter nights out. Couple in front of me in the queue to gets selfies and signatures couldn’t have been older than twenty-five, clutching armfuls of old Bowie vinly to be signed, which Woody and Visconti duly did. The bloke said it was the first gig he had ever been to.
It made me think..
There will always be a market for bands with Bowie connections to do this sort of thing. Will this happen with other artists, eg the HJH when Macca goes back to the top of the helter skelter ?