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David Bowie confirms retirement from touring

October 9, 2015

David Bowie

David Bowie has confirmed that he has definitely retired from touring for good.

That’s according to Bowie’s longtime booking agent John Giddings, managing director of Solo Music Agency.

“David Bowie is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m not touring’ and I say, ‘I’m not asking’,” said Giddings during an interview at the recent International Festival Forum (IFF), a two-day event aimed at festivals and booking agents. Giddings promoted Bowie’s 1987 Glass Spider shows at Wembley Stadium. He also represents major artists such as Madonna and U2.

Giddings added: “David has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can’t demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004 Isle Of Wight Festival.”

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Phil Collins Motown tribute tops UK album chart

September 27, 2010

Phil Collins’ 18-track Motown tribute album Going Back has lived up to its title by putting him back at the top of the UK album charts for the first time since 1998.

Going Back is Collins’ eighth studio album and his first full solo release for eight years. It features cover versions of many of the soul gems that influenced him as a teenager – including The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)’, Martha and The Vandellas’ ‘Heatwave’ , and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’, along with other classic songs recorded by The Four Tops, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

To make the album as faithful to the original Motown sound as possible, Collins brought in three surviving members of Motown’s legendary in-house Sixties studio band The Funk Brothers – bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette.

Collins – who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year – says the album was a deeply personal labour of love for him. “These Motown songs, along with a couple of Dusty Springfield tracks, a Phil Spector/Ronettes tune, and one by the Impressions, make up the tapestry, the backdrop, of my teenage years.”

He says his intention was to make an ‘old’ record, not a ‘new’ record. “I didn’t try to bring anything new to these already great records,” he says. “I tried to recreate the sounds and feelings that I had when I first heard them.

“To be able to have three of the Funk Brothers play on all the tracks was unbelievable. I learned more about production skills and the wonderful songwriting of those concerned whilst making this album than I have from anything else.”

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Barry Manilow revives greatest songs of the Eighties on new album

October 16, 2008

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He’s done the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, now Barry Manilow is set to give us his take on a dozen classic songs from the 1980s with his latest album, The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties, which is released on November 25, 2008.

 

Working with longtime mentor and collaborator Clive Davis, 65-year-old Manilow sets out to whisk us back to the decade of legwarmers, fad diets, shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption as he tackles hits such as Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ from 1987, Stevie Wonder’s 1984 hit ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, Wham’s ‘Careless Whisper’ from 1983, and ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’ – a hit for Phil Collins in 1984.

 

Manilow also duets with Reba McEntire on ‘Islands in the Stream’ – a huge hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.

 

Manilow’s best-selling series of tribute albums includes The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties (released in January 2006) which became his first Number One album since the double-LP Barry Manilow Live in 1977. This was followed by The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties (October 2006) and TheGreatest Songs Of The Seventies (September 2007). The three albums have already sold more than two million copies in the United States alone.

 

The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties marks the fourth collaboration between Barry Manilow and music mogul Clive Davis who was a perennial collaborator with Manilow on virtually all of his early recordings. They first worked together on ‘Mandy’, Manilow’s debut Number One single in 1974.

 

“No one can reinvent the great classics better than Barry Manilow,” said Davis. “He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and time­less.”

 

The tracklisting is expected to include:

 

‘Islands in the Stream’ (with Reba McEntire)
’Open Arms’
’Never Gonna Give You Up’
’Have I Told You Lately’
’I Just Called to Say I Love You’
’Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’
’Careless Whisper’
’Right Here Waiting’
’Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)’
’Hard to Say I’m Sorry’
’Time After Time’
’I’ve Had the Time of My Life’

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