North East UK news David Bowie in Newcastle - and how he paraded with an Alan Shearer shirt PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - It was August 3, 1997, when rock superstar David Bowie stepped out at Newcastle's intimate Riverside music venue in front of just 890 delirious fans
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Between 1985 to 1999, the Riverside on Newcastle's Melbourne Street played host to countless rock and pop acts - big and small. The likes of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Blur, Oasis, The Fall, Stone Roses, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Moby, The Pixies and Sonic Youth all performed at the intimate venue which gained a reputation as one of the best rock clubs in the UK. It's 25 years since a truly stellar name stepped out there in front of 890 delirious fans. For superstar David Bowie, who was touring his Earthling album - an amalgamation of dance music and rock guitar - it was a far cry from performing at Newcastle Arena where 10,000 had watched him in 1995, or Sunderland's Roker Park where in 1987 he'd attracted a massive crowd of 36,000. READ MORE: Tyneside in the 1920s - 10 photographs The Chronicle review of the show noted: "Looking like a man half his age (has was 50 ), Bowie was within touching distance as he came on to explosive applause. Relaxed and super-cool in a pale collarless shirt with cropped hair and goatie beard, it was a night the great man himself enjoyed almost as much as the crowd." In the audience that night - August 3, 1997 - was Tyneside musician and music aficionado Sid Stobbart. He recalls: "The place was rammed on a hot evening, and sweat was literally dripping from the ceiling. He came on smiling and carrying his twelve-string guitar. David Bowie with an Alan Shearer Newcastle United shirt, at the Riverside, Newcastle, August 3, 1997 (Image: Sid Stobbart) "To my surprise and joy, he started unaccompanied and played Quicksand from his legendary Hunky Dory album. Immediately we were won over. The band joined him and played a selection of older classics, The Man Who Sold The World, Queen Bitch, and The Jean Genie. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands. The sound was sensational, Bowie having brought his own enormous mixing desk.
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. He had somehow acquired a Newcastle United top with ‘Shearer’ written on the back, which he slung over his shoulder before parading it up and down the stage as if walking a catwalk. The crowd went wild." Backed by a sensational band, it was, says Sid, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and backing vocals who stole the show. "Her singing on Under Pressure was remarkable and she hit a note which even Bowie acknowledged was amazing. The main set finished with a couple of heavy dance songs, Hallo Spaceboy and Little Wonder, with the crowd roaring for more. Bowie obliged and surprised everybody with his inclusion of two covers - the rocking White Light/White Heat by the Velvet Underground and the avant-garde ‘O Superman by Laurie Anderson." One happy man was Riverside promoter Andy Hockey who said: “This is one of the proudest nights in our history. Seeing a legend like David Bowie in a small venue like this is unbelievable. What an unforgettable night.” Bowie, meanwhile, finished the show with Look Back in Anger from his Lodger album and said he’d be back. Sadly, he would never return to Newcastle. Check out Sid Stobbart's YouTube review and band-ranking channel called Songs From The Attic. Here's a show ranking the albums of Madness. READ NEXT: The Police at Gateshead Stadium 40 years ago as Sting returns home Remembering Presto supermarkets of the 1970s A TV Likely Lad on the terraces of St James' Park Newcastle's old Town Wall - a medieval marvel Then and Now: From Newcastle department store to popular bar
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