Archive for March, 2009
British Music Experience Open at O2
Saturday, March 14th, 2009

The British Music Experience opened at the O2 in London earlier this week.   The permanent museum features memorabilia from about 100 artists including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, and Pulp.  Seven different areas represent 60 years worth of British rock and chronicle the influence that British music has had on fashion and politics.  Bowie’s pierrot suit from Ashes to Ashes is displayed in the 1975-1985 section.  On display in the Bowie section are Ziggy’s famous Numbers Suit, the suit from David Live, and the Thin White Duke suit from the Station to Station Tour, a few rare posters, the original handwritten lyrics to Five Years and Fame, and a set-list from the Ziggy d days.  Total Blam Blam over at Bowienet has written a great piece on his experience at the museum during the preview event.  Check it out.

If anyone has been to the exhibit and wishes to send pictures, feel free.  We’ll give you credit and post them in the gallery.

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Bandslam Cameo
Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Remember in February when we reported on a rumor that David Bowie was going to have a small part in a movie named Will?  It seems that was true…only the movie has been retitled Bandslam.  The movie, starring Gaelan Connell, Alyson Michalka, and (unfortunately) Vanessa Hudgens, tells the story of a band formed by high school outcasts and a popular girl in order to win the battle of the bands at their school.  Bowie described his cameo as “a ten second scene of absolute silence.”  So, it doesn’t sound like the kind of movie I will sit through just for a glimpse of Bowie, but I might check it out from the local library and fast-forward to his scene.

It’s not the first major celebrity cameo I’ve heard of, but it seems rather disconnected – at least with, say, Stan Lee, you could argue that he’s obviously getting cameo roles in Marvel flicks because he’s actually the creator of the characters involved, from Spider-Man to The Fantastic Four. With Bowie, it’s like Mr. T getting a cameo in a film about a partypoker tournament. It’s entertaining enough, but you’re still left wondering exactly what the man was doing in that particular picture.

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