Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 is over for another year. The season was outstanding. Liner Notes Live was no exception. We were fortunate to have 2 parts to this – Blues Brothers (exceptional) AND The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
You’d literally have to be a spider from mars not to know David Bowie and his impressive music catalogue. The world misses him and we are seeing many shows tributing the man and the song. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is a wonderful ode to the music icon. Part song, part poetry reading and part spoken word, this shows cover the Spiders From Mars album in wonderful depth and intrigue with beautiful, raw and honest back stories.
Michael Nolan plays Bowie. He is the narrator of the show, the flamboyant host BUT when he performs selected songs he shines like the sun. He engaged the audience effortlessly for 2 hours.
Yana Alana gave us a splendid ‘Five Years’ with a modern edge. She sings with soul. She does no wrong.
Sean M Whelan served a beautifully read poem inspired by ‘Moonage Daydream’ complete with spacesuit.
Sabrina D’Angelo was stunning with a performance of ‘Soul Love’. Divinely done.
Professor Alan Duffy gave us possible album favorite and mega-hit ‘Starman’ as a spoken weave.
Hip Hop performer Mantra may have stolen the show from under everyone with fun tale of David Bowie’s legacy.
BUT my 90’s band fave Angie Hart (Frente) shone with Ziggy Stardust, love her even in her moment of only just learning the guitar. Rawness is everything though for me.
A really cool concept, breaking down an album. I would line up for more of this. I’m already listing the albums I would ache to see performed.
Bowie lives on in his music – 5 out of 5