Wanna know my dirty little David Bowie secret? I never saw him in concert.
David played at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre in 1972 and then in 1973 he did several shows at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. David Brought his Diamond Dogs tour to Detroit twice in 1974. Firs came two shows at the famed Cobo Hall in June of that year and then returned in October to the Michigan Palace for six shows if memory serves correctly. I wasn’t even old enough to drive at the time (or barely old enough) and my parents were just coming to terms with the Beatles. There was no way they were going to let me travel into the city to see some British glam boy and whose sexuality was questionable at best. Of course these were the shows I wanted to see most and the ones I regret not seeing most.
David came around again during the Isolar I and II tours in 1976/1978 and this time it was my choice not go see him. I admit I was stuck on his previous persona’s and I just didn’t understand where he was taking us during the Station to Station/Low/Heroes years. Today, those are some of my favorite albums. I am sorry David for not trusting you and letting you take me on your full and fantastic journey.
In the 1980’s and 90’s I was raising a family, concentrating on a career in radio broadcasting had had moved far from Detroit and it’s suburbs where most, if not all the big concerts were held. I simply had not the time or inclination to attend concerts in those days.
Flash forward to 2004 and the rock station in our group had given away tickets to David’s Reality Tour stop at the Palace of Auburn Hills (January 9th 2004) and one pair had not been picked up by the end of the week. The rule around the station was thus: if tickets went unclaimed by the close of business on Friday for a show that weekend, they were up for grabs to anyone who wants them. They were offered to me but it was 5pm Friday and the show was that very night. I really wanted to go this time but it was such late notice that there just wasn’t enough time to do all the things I (and my wife) needed to do to get ready AND make the hour drive to the Palace. Oh well, I’ll catch him next time I thought.
There would be no next time. As we all know David suffered a heart attack during that tour and although he recovered nicely he never toured again.
And so it was with great excitement and a determination NOT-TO-MISS-THIS-SHOW that I heard about the “celebrations” tour organized by Mike Garson called: Celebrating David Bowie and that one of the stops was the Royal Oak Music Theater just north of Detroit!
I marked the day tickets went on sale on my calendar at work. I began to wonder if there would be a pre-sale. A co worker suggested I message Mike Garson on his Facebook page and ask so I did… and he answered! (the pre sale code for the whole tour btw is STARMAN)
So I have my tickets in the fifth row. And I am very excited knowing I will finally see Mike Garson, Earl Slick and perhaps Carmine Rojas and Gerry Leonard… but as musically accurate as each song might sound with so many members of Ziggy’s band on stage, the voice is still gone. I’m sure more than a few tears will be shed that night.