In a two-part interview recorded over different days during Bowie's 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour, Lisa Robinson covers a lot of ground. The first part of the interview takes place in New York City, with the two discussing Bowie's new Let's Dance album and what it was like working with Nile Rodgers and touring with new musicians. However, the true gems of this first half are Bowie's more personal reflections on overcoming his shy personality on his way to becoming a rock star, the personas he had to create in order to reach that goal, and the demons he had to shed along the way.
Part 2 of the interview contains a series of snippets recorded while Lisa Robinson was following Bowie around on tour. Focusing more on the logistics of the tour and David's experiences of it, this section acts as a wonderful companion to the performances recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour from around this time.
00:08 - Discomfort with being labeled a rock star01:25 - Living the Ziggy Stardust role 02:04 - Hiding behind the Ziggy Stardust role03:14 - Pre-Ziggy looks/characters/phases03:42 - Post-Ziggy looks/characters/phases04:05 - Combining theater with rock and roll05:45 - Thoughts on "the rock and roll club" (dependency on drugs and people)06:52 - Friendships with Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger07:20 - Reputation as a thief / a synthetic rock star08:40 - Coming to terms with the real David Bowie09:37 - Fleeing the U.S. (L.A. in particular) in order to save himself10:28 - Getting through rough times in the late '70's11:09 - Leaving MainMan Productions / the irony of "Fame"12:05 - Working with Nile Rodgers / old R&B influences13:25 - Let's Dance: The simplest album he's ever done and why14:17 - Being more romantic than people think15:11 - His past as one large experiment16:21 - Relationship with Angela Bowie 16:55 - Having room in his life for new relationships17:42 - Response to his statement that "being in love is a disease"18:48 - Recollections of an evening with Bob Dylan 20:16 - Enjoying touring once again21:13 - Recollections of touring with Iggy Pop / implications for his new tour22:04 - Trying to re-enter society / thoughts on synthesizers23:44 - Choosing musicians for the current tour / timidity with new musicians25:23 - A number of wonderful retirements26:35 - Contentment as a phase? 27:35 - Reflections on earlier albums
00:00 - Hopes for the '80's00:15 - Conceptualizing the tour00:27 - Theatrical ideas for the tour01:12 - Unknown tour dates, musicians, and venues02:06 - A movie of the Spiders from Mars / recollections of that time03:46 - Aims for Let's Dance / thoughts on synthesizers (Repeat from part 1)05:50 - Voice changes over the years07:06 - Experiences of maturation08:53 - Enthusiasm over the first two weeks of the tour09:35 - The best part of the tour so far10:25 - Dates in America / The Us Festival11:16 - Indoor vs. outdoor performances11:43 - Picking material for the tour12:42 - Anticipation for coming to America13:10 - Acting on stage / playing smaller venues14:30 - Changing the set list15:45 - The outfits for the tour (many flags)16:20 - Choreography for the tour / Lenny Pickett17:59 - Feeling better on stage18:31 - Theatrical presentation / being a person in the eyes of the audience20:16 - Why his ballads are uplifting21:00 - Being an artist in the context of rock and roll21:40 - The most well-organized tour 22:27 - The Us Festival / breathing differently outdoors
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