In 1998, David Bowie had reunited with Tony Visconti to record a song for The Rugrats Movie called "(Safe in This) Sky Life". Although the track was edited out of the final cut, and did not feature on the film's soundtrack album, the reunion led to the pair pursuing a new collaborative effort. "(Safe In This) Sky Life" was later re-recorded and released as a single b-side in 2002 where it was retitled "Safe". Amongst their earliest work together in this period, was a reworking of Placebo's track "Without You I'm Nothing", from the album of the same name - Visconti overseeing the additional production required when Bowie's harmonised vocal was added to the original version for a strictly limited edition single release. 1999 found Bowie composing the soundtrack for a computer game called "Omikron: The Nomad Soul". Bowie and his wife, Iman, made appearances as characters in the game. That same year, re-recorded tracks from the game and new music was released in the album 'hours...' featured "What's Really Happening", the lyrics for which were written by Alex Grant, the winner of Bowie's "Cyber Song Contest" Internet competition. This album presented Bowie's exit from heavy electronica, with an emphasis on more live instruments, and, through songs like "Thursday's Child" and "Survive", a thematic move into Bowie's sense of his own aging and sentimentality. After this album, Bowie's guitarist, Reeves Gabrels, quit working with Bowie, feeling that the music was becoming "too soft". Plans surfaced after the release of 'hours...' for an album titled Toy, which would feature new versions of some of Bowie's earliest pieces as well as three new songs. Sessions for the album commenced in 2000, but the album was never released, leaving a number of tracks, some as yet unheard, on the editing floor. Bowie and Visconti continued collaboration with the production of a new album of completely original songs instead. The result of the sessions was the 2002 album Heathen, which had a dark atmospheric sound, and was Bowie's biggest chart success in recent years. 2002 also saw Bowie curate the annual Meltdown festival in London. Amongst the acts selected by Bowie to perform were Phillip Glass, Television and The Polyphonic Spree. Bowie himself played a show at the Royal Festival Hall which notably included a rare performance of his experimental opus Low in its entirety. In 2003, a report in the Sunday Express named Bowie as the second-richest entertainer in the UK (behind Sir Paul McCartney), with an estimated fortune of L510 million. However, the 2005 Sunday Times Rich List credited him with a little over L100 million. In September 2003, Bowie released a new album, Reality, and announced a world tour. 'A Reality Tour' was the best-selling tour of the following year. However, it was cut short after Bowie suffered chest pain while performing on stage in the northwestern German town of Scheeßel on June 25, 2004. Originally thought to be a pinched nerve in his shoulder, the pain was later diagnosed as an acutely blocked artery; an emergency angioplasty was performed at St. Georg Hospital in Hamburg by Dr Karl Heinz Kuck. He was discharged in early July 2004 and continued to spend time recovering. Bowie later admitted he had suffered a minor heart attack, resulting from years of heavy smoking and touring. The tour was cancelled for the time being, with hopes that he would go back on tour by August, though this did not materialise. He recuperated back in New York City. In October 2004, Bowie released a live DVD of the tour, entitled A Reality Tour of his performances in Dublin, Ireland on 22 November and 23 November 2003, which included songs spanning the full length of Bowie's career, although mostly focusing on his more recent albums. Still recuperating from his operation, Bowie worked off-stage and relaxed from studio work for the first time in several years. In 2004, a duet of his classic song "Changes" with Butterfly Boucher appeared in Shrek 2. The soundtrack for the film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou featured David Bowie songs performed in Portuguese by cast member Seu Jorge (who adapted the lyrics to make them relevant to the film's story). Most of the David Bowie songs featured in the film were originally from David Bowie (debut album), Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Diamond Dogs. Bowie commented, "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with". Despite hopes for a comeback, in 2005, Bowie announced that he had made no plans for any performances during the year. After a relatively quiet year, Bowie recorded the vocals for the song "(She Can) Do That", co-written by Brian Transeau, for the movie Stealth. Rumours flew about the possibility of a new album, but no announcements were made. In April 2005, film writer and director Darren Aronofsky revealed Bowie was working on a rock opera adaptation of the comic book Watchmen. David Bowie finally returned to the stage on September 8, 2005, alongside Arcade Fire, for the nationally televised event Fashion Rocks, his first gig since the heart attack. Bowie has shown interest in the Montreal band since he was seen at one of their shows in New York City nearly a year earlier. Bowie had requested the band to perform at the show, and together they performed the Arcade Fire's song "Wake Up" from their album Funeral, as well as Bowie's own "Five Years" and "Life on Mars?". He joined them again on September 15, 2005, singing "Queen Bitch" and "Wake Up" from Central Park's Summerstage as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. Bowie contributed back-up vocals for TV on the Radio's song "Province" from their album Return to Cookie Mountain. He made other occasional appearances, as in his commercial with Snoop Dogg for XM Satellite Radio. He appeared on Danish alt-rockers Kashmir's 2005 release, No Balance Palace, which was produced by Tony Visconti. The album also featured a spoken word performance by Lou Reed, making it the second project involving both Bowie and Reed in two years, since Reed's 2003 The Raven. On February 8, 2006, David Bowie was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In November, Bowie performed at the Black Ball in New York for the Keep a Child Alive Foundation alongside his wife, Iman, and Alicia Keys. He duetted with Keys on "Changes", and also performed "Wild is the Wind" and "Fantastic Voyage". For 2006, Bowie once again announced a break from performance, but he made a surprise guest appearance at David Gilmour's May 29, 2006 concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He sang "Arnold Layne" and "Comfortably Numb", closing the concert. The former performance was released, on December 26, 2006, as a single. In May 2007, it was announced that Bowie would curate the High Line Festival in the abandoned railway park in New York called the High Line where he would select various musicians and artists to perform. A forthcoming album entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head, comprising ten covers of classic Tom Waits songs by actress Scarlett Johansson, is due to feature two tracks with David Bowie on backing vocals: "Falling Down" and "Fannin' Street". The album is scheduled for release in spring 2008.
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David Bowie

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Související skupiny:

Arnold Corns, Astronettes, The, Bewlay Bros., David Bowie & The Buzz, David Bowie With The Lower Third, Davie Jones & The King Bees, Manish Boys, The, Tin Machine


Související interpreti:

Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, John Cale, Kevin Ayers, Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, Queen, T. Rex, Bryan Ferry, Carlos Alomar, Fripp & Eno, John Lennon, New York Dolls, Nico, Sparks, The Psychedelic Furs, Mick Ronson, Hunt Sales, Reeves Gabrels, Tony Sales


Listings of all songs

1967-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2008

BBC Radio Sessions 68-72

Bowie at the Beeb
BBC Radio Sessions

David Bowie

2000

All Saints: Collected Instrumentals 1977-1999

All Saints: Collected
Instrumentals 1977-1999

David Bowie

2001

Rarest Live

Rarest Live

David Bowie

2001

London Boy

London Boy

David Bowie

2001

Best of Bowie

Best of Bowie

David Bowie

2002

Heathen

Heathen

David Bowie

2002 studio

Reality

Reality

David Bowie

2003 studio

Sound + Vision

Sound + Vision

David Bowie

2003

Club Bowie: Rare & Unreleased

Club Bowie

David Bowie

2003

The Collection

The Collection

David Bowie

2005

Inside Bowie and the Spiders 1972-1974

Inside Bowie and
the Spiders 1972-1974

David Bowie

2005

Serious Moonlight: Live

Serious Moonlight
Live

David Bowie

2005

The Platinum Collection

The Platinum Collection

David Bowie

2006

The Document Unauthorized

The Document Unauthorized

David Bowie

2007

Glass Spider

Glass Spider

David Bowie

2007

Best of David Bowie 1980/1987

Best of David Bowie
1980/1987

David Bowie

2007

David Bowie Box Set

David Bowie Box Set

David Bowie

2007

Live Santa Monica '72

Live Santa Monica '72

David Bowie

2008

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