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Concert Reviews
David Bowie
(Palace of Auburn Hills, MI - January 9th, 2004)

Tonight an honest-to-God rock legend took to the stage and mounted a one-man musical assault on the gathered hordes ... and didn't let up for a near two hours!

Giving his adoring fans a little bit of everything that they could have ever wished for, Bowie showed up lithe, limber and lethal. Blonder with age, the man then went on to produce an eccentric tour of the Bowie musical empire, with minimal spectacle it has to be said.

Whilst singing staple classics such as 'Rebel Rebel' and 'Jean Genie,' he also sang three songs from his questionable (unless you're a diehard Bowie fan) Outside album, not to mention a Pixies over in the shape of 'Cactus'.

Differing versions of 'Life On Mars', 'The Man Who Sold the World' and the true crowd-pleaser 'Five Years' all served him well, but this man with the perfct shade of blond atop his snow-white tan really struck the right chord when towards the end the surefire anthem 'Heroes' was brought to the fore.

The timely 'I'm Afraid of Americans' and the climatic one-two punch of 'Suffragette City' and 'Ziggy Stardust' brought the crowd back to its feet after a quick break for the encore songs ... and then the Thin White Duke had, once and for all, left the building.

Reviewed by John Heaton