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Published 11/01/2016

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(FILES) This file photo taken on July 03, 1987 shows British singer David Bowie performing on stage during a concert in La Courneuve on July 3, 1987. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
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(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2002 shows British singer David Bowie performing in Paris during his only Paris gig. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 14, 1999 shows British rock star posing October 14, 1999 in Paris during a press conference. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / ERIC FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 17, 1974 shows British rock star David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 13, 1997 shows rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album "Earthlings." British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / VINCE BUCCIVINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 24, 2002 shows British musician David Bowie performing in Paris. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 1992 shows British singer David Bowie says a prayer for Freddie Mercury after singing a song in front of the 72,000 people gathered, at Wembley Stadium, in London to attend the Aids benefit concert. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / THIERRY SALIOUTHIERRY SALIOU/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on November 5, 2003 shows British singer David Bowie performs on stage during his concert at the Sportpaleis of Antwerp. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / BELGA / PETER DE VEOCHTPETER DE VEOCHT/AFP/Getty Images
Screen grabbed image taken from the Twitter feed of Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon of a tribute he paid to his father David Bowie, who has died after suffering cancer for 18 months. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Duncan Jones/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
File photo dated 01/12/93 of the Princess of Wales, Patron of the National Aids Trust, shaking hands with pop superstar David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 11, 2016. See PA story DEATH Bowie. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire
(FILES) This file photo taken on January 23, 1990 shows British singer David Bowie presenting himself to a press conference in London to announce his new world tour due to start in Canada in March, and will take in five continents and will close in August . British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 1, 1976 shows British singer David Bowie is pictured, in April 1976, in Helsinki. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said on January 11, 2016. Bowie died on Januray 10 surrounded by family according to his social media accounts. The iconic musician had turned 69 only on January 8, which coincided with the release of "Blackstar", his 25th studio album. / AFP / LEHTIKUVA / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2015, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives
David Bowie at the Kings Hall. 3-12-1995. Pic Belfast Telegraph archives

In his later years, David Bowie developed a firm affection for Ireland.

The singer, who has passed away at age 69 after an 18 month battle with cancer, famously headlined Slane in 1987, with a performance that introduced the muddy Irish masses to the head-spinning delights of a high concept rock tour.

But his more interesting performances here arguably came as he pressed reboot on his sound in the 1990s and returned to the edgy art-rock of his early career.

Below we look back at Bowie's six most vital Irish performances.

Slane, Co Meath, July 1987

 

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By the mid '80s, Bowie had reached peak "rock star". He'd moved conspicuously away from Ziggy Stardust's sexually fluid glam-pop and seemingly renounced the damaged art-rock of his Berlin phase. Instead, he rolled into Slane and his first Irish gig as just another rock idol – a smooth-crooning contemporary of Phil Collins and Robert Palmer, with a treasure chest of eager-to-please anthems.

Not that the Glass Spider Tour – named for a track from his 1987 LP Never Let Me Down – lacked for ambition or bombast. There were spoken word segments; a 'rock v reality' overarching theme and an eye-popping set-piece in which Bowie was lowered from the creaking "glass spider" set while crooning the tune of the same name.

"Pepsi sponsored the whole thing," wrote Rolling Stone's Andy Greene. "And some nights Bowie seemed to be sleepwalking through his hits. Guitarists Carlos Alomar and Peter Frampton didn't always mesh well together, and the giant spider hovering over the stage did look a little ridiculous. "

The Baggot Inn, Dublin, August 1991 (with Tin Machine)

Bowie's love affair with Ireland probably began when he brought his 'back-to-basics' rock project Tin Machine to the capital for pre-tour rehearsals. This culminated with a brace of quasi secret warm-up shows at the subterranean Baggot Inn. Signalling his determination to forge a new identity, he cheekily side-stepped his catalogue, instead delivering a lean nine-song set that included covers of Pixies' Debaser and Roxy Music's If There Is Something.

The Point, Dublin, November 1995

 

Bowie was back, touring his strongest album after a period in the creative wilderness. But while Outside would eventually come to be regarded as among his strongest post-Scary Monsters releases, there was considerable grumbling as he brought the album to The Point midway through the '90s. As anyone who was there will recall, a set heavily tilted towards the new LP did not go down well with the faithful – though Bowie belatedly gave hardcore fans what they craved by throwing in Ziggy Stardust's Moonage Daydream towards the end. Of course, in hindsight it is clear that we were seeing a challenging and boundary-pushing artist at the zenith of their powers.

Olympia, Dublin, August 1997

 

The opportunity to see Bowie in the comparative intimate 1,300 capacity Olympia was truly once in a life time (or twice, with a second concert tacked on after the first sold out in minutes). As hoped, Bowie was in cracking form, delivering a rumbling two and a half hour set that encompassed all phases of his career. He began with a quasi-acoustic reading of Hunky Dory favourite Quicksand, then moved nimbly between Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane era (The Jean Genie) and material from his (unfairly panned) drum 'n base phase (Little Wonder and the fantastic I'm Afraid Of Americans).

 

One excited audience member even took her top off and flung it at Bowie's feet. "Hello mum," he wisecracked without missing a beat. Earlier that year, he'd given another warm-up show to a lucky attendance of several hundred at The Factory art-space – tickets cost a tenner and were sold at U2's Kitchen nightclub.

 

HQ, Dublin, November 1999

 

Going one better than his small-scale Olympia dates, two years later Bowie was back again for a rare club gig. Over two nights he stepped with twinkling good-humour between classics such as Life On Mars? and Rebel Rebel and introspective newer tracks like Thursdays Child, one of the earliest Bowie compositions that find the singer contemplating his own mortality and the ravages of a life often lived in the fast-lane, with the hood down and the engine revving at full volume.

The Point, Dublin, November 2003

 

Bowie was by now a regular at the big barn on the docklands (he had also brought his Sound and Vision 'best of' tour there in 1990). Underlying his affection for the venue, and for Ireland, his two performances promoting the Reality LP were later released as a live album and DVD (A Reality Tour). Ill health would see him hang up his mic within 12 months. Thus these Dublin recordings stand as a final testament to Bowie's power and charisma as a life performer. That said, eye brows were raised when at the end of Rebel Rebel Bowie intoned "Tiocfaidh ár lá" ( though, as garbled by the Dame, it came out closer to "Trucky Allah").

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent

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