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