#NF《BRAN-NEW ! + Sean's Diary Chronicle As He Plays Keyboard For David Bowie On His 1978 World Tour》Sean Mayes - LIFE ON TOUR WITH BOWIE : A Genius Remembered
When David sat down later, he tucked one leg up under him and I noticed that the sole of his shoe was as clean as the day he'd bought it. OK, maybe the shoes were new, but it struck me that he hardly ever sets foot in the street. It's all hotel, limousines, sterilized airports—the life I was about to lead. I shivered, feeling poised at the top of a rollercoaster about to sweep across the world. On 11 January 2016, the world was stunned to wake up to the news that David Bowie had died the day before. A genuine icon, he left behind a body of work among the most important in music history. But only a lucky few were privileged to know the man behind that mystique, and know him well. Sean Mayes was one of them. In 1978, Sean Mayes toured the world with David Bowie. Traveling first class and performing each night with one of the world's greatest rock stars at the height of his fame was an amazing experience—fortunately, Sean had the foresight to document it. Here, for the first time in complete book form, Sean's tour diary is presented; a blow-by-blow record of how it felt to be part of a real rock circus, from rehearsals in Dallas through shows across the US, UK, Europe, Australasia, and Japan to recording in London and Switzerland. Providing page after page of fascinating insight into life on the road with Bowie, Sean's account is a unique travelogue, a must for any Bowie fan or, indeed, anyone interested in life on a sell-out world tour. David was obviously a very private man, guarding his privacy and separating his private life from his public appearances as well as any could hope given the circumstances. This book reveals a little about his private life, and a lot about how it was to be on tour with him at that time in his life. The feeling of being on stage with him, the parties, and the annoyance at having his provate moments spoiled for an autograph or a picture. Also included is a full tour chronology and previously unpublished photos from Sean's personal archive. David Bowie’s life and music has been remembered and revisited around the world this week, because it includes both his birthday (Jan. 8) and the anniversary of his death from liver cancer on Jan. 10, 2016, at age 69. The same adjectives are routinely called upon in tributes describing the late rock star; he was a genius, and a legend, but he also was simply kind. It’s arguably this last characteristic that’s most instructive for anyone on a creative team, or leading one. Bowie had a way of relating to fellow musicians that was respectful and humble, according to several accounts. In an interview presented in the David Bowie Is museum show that wrapped up its world tour in Brooklyn last summer (and now lives on in an augmented reality app), his longtime producer Tony Visconti describes how, when Bowie would see that other musicians were nervous around the rock royal, he had a way of interacting with them that would calm their anxieties. “He’s always been gracious and easygoing. I mean he puts everyone else at ease,” Visconti told The StageLeft Podcast two weeks before Bowie’s passing. Members of the rock group Rustic Overtones confirmed his account in an interview with the Bangor Daily News. The band’s debut album, released in 2001, was produced by Visconti. Through that connection, the Maine-based musicians one day found themselves in a studio with Bowie, who agreed to sing backup on two tracks. Spencer Albee, former keyboardist and backup singer for the group, explained that though he’s met some stars who were “total jerks,” Bowie wasn’t one of them. He said: He was laid back and we laughed at jokes together. I think when you change the face of pop culture as many times as he has, I think you could reserve the right to make people shudder and cry, but that wasn’t even on his radar. He wanted to talk to us about our music. Albee called Bowie “calm and kind,” and added, “I think there’s something to be said for people who are comfortable in their own skin. The kindness just emanated from him.” About the Author Sean Mayes was the keyboard player in Fumble during the early 1970s. It was during an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972 that he met and formed a long lasting friendship with David Bowie. Sean has also written biographies of Kate Bush and Joan Armatrading.
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