A Bowie Celebration, Academy, Glasgow ***
This globe-trotting concert experience, subtitled the David Bowie Alumni Tour, assembled veterans from various eras of the man of many alter-egos’ career, and presented an enjoyable if by no means essential evening’s entertainment.
“The last time I played these songs was with David in 1974,” noted the extravagantly bespectacled Mike Garson, at the conclusion of a performance-in-full of Diamond Dogs. Meanwhile, hearing Bowie’s first post-Ziggy period album – a classic for sure, but by no means his defining work – warmly reheated by his keyboardist of more than 20 years together with a band that elsewhere included guitarists Gerry Leonard and Kevin Armstrong, bassist Carmine Rojas and drummer Alan Childs, will have felt like a collector’s item to some Bowie fanatics, and a bit of a slog to others.
Bowie-themed supergroups are nothing new of course – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy were touring his songs even before Bowie’s passing. Fronted by guest vocalists including Living Colour’s Corey Glover and one-time Kanye West collaborator Mr Hudson, this one had chops but not exactly star-power. Space Oddity, Young Americans, Life on Mars, Heroes and more were all present and correct in the greatest hits parade, albeit wholly devoid of Bowie-esque magic and mystery which, in fairness, no one can ever truly recreate.