The Genius of David Bowie Tour Dates
David Bowie songs, played by David Bowie fans, for David Bowie fans
Formed in the wake of David Bowie’s death in January 2016 by Quentin Burton who sought out Bowie fan musicians and put on a show in his SongSmith, singer-songwriter promoter guise. The show in April 2016 at Mr Wolf’s in Bristol was a great success attracting Bowie fans of nearly all generations. So much so that it was repeated at Mr Wolf’s with tweaks in 2017 and 2018 in Bowie’s birthday week along with a couple of other gigs at The Thunderbolt and The Dragonffli over the same period. After the birthday show in 2018 it was decided to take the set forward and turn it into an ongoing band. Not a tribute band … none of the musicians look in the least like him and the dressing up is enthusiastic rather than mimicry, but as a covers band, concentrating on the music and arrangements. Taking inspiration from Bowie’s live shows (e.g. on Rebel Rebel) as well as his studio work and covering much of his back catalogue from Space Oddity to Lazarus.
Following a couple of changes of personnel rehearsals began in earnest in late August 2018 with a view to launching on Bowie’s birthday in January 2019 and then taking the show around the south west as well as further afield.
An acoustic spin-off is in rehearsal and expecting to start full performances around the same time.
At the end of October the band spent 2 days at Factory Studio recording some audio and video with the help of Rooflight Productions and Background Noise Productions to put together a showreel to promote the live shows and fulfil their aim – Bowie songs played by Bowie fans for Bowie fans.
They have ambitious plans for special shows tied into album anniversaries.