For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: David Bowie and Stevie Ray and the Tour That Wasn't
Said Bowie hisself in 2004, this collection of rehearsals, taken from a soundboard, is "a gem for those that can find it." It's never been all that hard to locate. It comes and goes. Last I saw it was in '07, when I recounted the tale of the tour that wasn't: "Serious Moonlight" in support of Let's Dance, for which the Oak Cliff native was to play lead guitar behind the Thin White Duke. Only, Bowie wanted Stevie Ray to quit Double Trouble, then on the verge of its coming-out after years in the trenches. Fat chance: "I'm sorry, I've worked for that a long time," SRV told an interviewer in '85. "Fame and this big tour is really not that important."
It's quite the odds-and-sods set list -- everything from the familiar ("Life on Mars," "Heroes," "Fashion," "Young Americans") to the soon-to-be-pop-hit ("China Girl," "Let's Dance," "Modern Love") to the obscure and even the unexpected Who and Velvet Underground covers. The version to which I direct your attention this evening is the full set -- all 31 tracks, 12 more than when last I stumbled across this gem.