Let me start by saying that I’m a huge David Bowie fan. Bowie songs are the soundtrack of my youth because he was always playing on my dad’s record player. I’ve been fortunate enough to see him perform live five times; including once with his side project Tin Machine.
As you can imagine, I was excited to hear about the Holy Holy show taking place on April 26, 2016 at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Holy Holy takes its name from the David Bowie song originally released in 1971. The band includes an incredible line up featuring last surviving member of Spider From Mars, Woody Woodmansey, longtime Bowie producer, Tony Visconti, Heaven 17’s lead vocalist, Glenn Gregory, and guitarist, James Stevenson of Gene Loves Jezebel.
The show opened with “The Width of a Circle” and continued through the entire Man Who Sold The World album. I never thought I would hear these songs live and during the show, I was transported to my childhood; sitting in my living room and looking at an album cover with a strange man in a dress. I remember my dad telling me that David Bowie would say it was a man’s dress.
After completing The Man Who Sold the World, the group began a set of long-time favorites including, “Five Years”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Life on Mars?”, “Time”, a beautiful melody of “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” / “All the Young Dudes” / “Oh! You Pretty Things”, and “Suffragette City”. This perfect 21-song set list was full of glam rock guitar, with Glenn Gregory nailing each song. Gregory was a rock god on stage, never trying to be Bowie, and making each song his own. Having never seen Heaven 17 in concert, this show left me hoping that the band would tour the US so that I could have the chance.
Holy Holy still has performances scheduled in San Francisco, Portland and Canada. If you live in these areas, don’t miss this show!