Reflections On David Bowie

Posted by admin on Saturday Jan 16, 2016 Under Art, David Bowie, Life's A Gas, Magic, Marc Bolan, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Verbal

BP Fallon being interviewed about David Bowie on UTV News by Paul Colgan

Last Monday seems like a year ago now, a dream. It still feels like a dream. David Bowie is dead.

On Monday, a shocked and saddened BP Fallon spoke to Neil Delamere on Today FM, to Joe Duffy on RTE Radio 1’s ‘Liveline’ and was interviewed on UTV television news. BP then joined Paul McLoone in the Today FM studio for Paul’s David Bowie tribute show.

BP Fallon speaking to Paul McLoone about David Bowie

Audio above: The Paul McLoone David Bowie Tribute Show with BP Fallon and the voice of David Bowie plus on the phone Joe Elliott and Pete Holidai (edited). Produced by Kate Brennan Harding

And a few photographs from the archives of elevation:

Ziggy & Iggy in his T.Rex t-shirt & Lou. Dorchester Hotel, London. Photography by Mick Rock

David Bowie as Tilda Swinton & Tilda Swinton as DB

Mick Ronson & Ziggy

David & Marc on Marc’s tv show 1977

Magical Roots – London 1968

“The stars look very different today…”

To David, with love. As BP Fallon said on Facebook and Twitter, “We are so lucky to have choogled thru life w/ David Bowie as one of our guides & inspirations ♫ ♪” x

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Superb audio documentary on the life and rhymes of BP Fallon, with BP’s free-spirited attitude to life peppered with mentions of Henrdix, Bolan and Beatles to Dylan, Van Morrison and The Strypes plus his own music and beyond (30 mins).

‘BP Fallon – A Sonic Life Adventure’
Produced by Sian O’Gorman RTÉ Radio 1

New Years Eve! Television The Drug Of The Nation!
RTÉ One 7.30pm
BP performs on tv Dec 31st (Thurs) on ‘The Best Of The Imelda May Show’

Imelda May & BP Fallon have a chinwag in Texas. Photography by Nathan Edge

Additional photography by Christopher Durst (top) & Brian Birzer (middle) :)

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Two Dodgy Geezers – BP Fallon & Ian Dempsey photography by Patrick Haughey

Listen to BP Fallon interviewed by Ian Dempsey on TodayFM, talking about everything from Marc Bolan to Miley Cyrus and The Strypes to Emma Lou


Remember –
BP Fallon’s New Year’s Eve Wang Dang Doodle on TodayFM –
Dec 31st 2015 at 9pm GMT to 1am Jan 1st 2016 –
the last show of this year & the first of the next :)


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A powerful BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ to a wildly responsive audience introduces Imelda May at Marlay Park in Dublin

“I believe in being in Dublin
The referendum was great, I have to say
I believe in rock’n’roll
I believe in Imelda May!”

Says BP Fallon: “I had the pleasure of introducing Imelda May on stage at Marlay Park in Dublin to 32,000 fans, doing a spoken-word ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ with a new last verse. She’s incredible and her band are fantastic, the audience were full-on rocking and the whole boogaloo was a gas”.

Video by Shimmy Marcus.

Also appearing on the show were Alabama Shakes and Paolo Nutini.

BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’. Photography by Michelle Geraghty/Golden Plec

Sitting on the double bass – Imelda sings Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’ with Al Gare playing ukelele. Photography by BP Fallon

Hand on shoulder… Photography by BP Fallon

BP Fallon Photographer photographed by Shimmy Marcus

Drummer Steve Rushton goes wild, wonderfully. Photography by BP Fallon

BP Fallon sitting at the side of the stage. Photography by Shimmy Marcus

And later in artists’ catering:

Under The Table – Three Generations – Imelda May & her dad Tony & her daughter Violet. Photography by BP Fallon

And simply because this is completely brilliant:

Jeff Beck & Imelda May & her band perform The Shangri-Las classic ‘Remember (Walking In the Sand)’

Jeff’s guitar-playing is truly amazing – and dig how he reacts to Imelda when she starts singing. Yes!


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Wholly Holy – Tony Visconti & BP Fallon & Woody Woodmansey. Photography by Gaz

At The Olympia Theatre in Dublin last night, Holy Holy played. Who? BP Fallon introduced them on stage and this explains it.

BP’s intro speech

“Tony Visconti… the great Tony Visconti… you know he produced Thin Lizzy too… my friend Tony Visconti.

“We met in 1967, in London. Denny Cordell the record producer, the brilliant Denny Cordell, he was producing The Move and Joe Cocker at Olympic Studios. And with Denny was this guy working as the engineer, this guy who’d come over from America – Tony Visconti.

“Fast forward a little bit – I was in Denny’s office and he said ‘Hey, would you like to hear this group that Tony’s going to be producing? Personally, I think they’re dreadful’. So down this little corridor and into this little room and there’s Tony and these two guys playing and sitting on the floor – Steve Peregrin Took… and Marc Bolan – Tyrannosaurus Rex.

“So… I end up working with Tyrannosaurus Rex – T.Rex – I was the mental guru, Purple Browed Beep, and Tony Visconti was their record producer.

“And at the same time Tony was producing this One Hit Wonder – he’d had a hit with ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie. Tony was in David Bowie’s group Hype and then they made this album ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, Tony producing and playing on it. It didn’t sell many copies but without it there would have been no Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.

“So tonight – with Woody Woodmansey who was the drummer on ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and then a Spider in The Spiders From Mars, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ live by Tony Visconti and Woody and friends in this special band that they’ve put together – ladies and gentlemen! – HOLY HOLY!”

And the gig was a gas – ‘TMWSTW’ from beginning to end plus many more magical Bowie songs a go-go, with Glenn Gregory handling the DB vocals and the punters going totally bonkers. Yup.

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti (bottom left) & Woody Woodmansey (bottom right) play David Bowie’s 1970 ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ album

Hyperman aka Tony Visconti & David Bowie in their group Hype – The Roundhouse, London 1970

Tony Visconti gives it some bass. Photography by BP Fallon

“Thank you for being such an incredible audience!”. Woody Woodmansey & Tony Visconti. Photography by BP Fallon

Dedicated with love & respect to the memories of
Mick Ronson & Trevor Bolder – Spiders From Mars & beyond.
Mick: May 26th 1946 – 29 April 29th 1993
Trevor: June 9th 1950 – May 21st 2013
God bless you, gentlemen. RIP



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