DAVID BOWIE & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN - DALLAS 1983

September 14, 2019 – 4:44 am

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DAVID BOWIE & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
Let’s Dance Rehersals [Star Spangled Music SSM003, 2CD]

Los Colinas Soundstage, Dallas, Texas; April 27, 1983. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the original uploader; and to david campbell for keeping the show alive at The Traders’ Den.

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Kstyle, Dime:

Years ago I talked a few times to a few folks around the SRV camp who claimed to know about the Bowie deal, and yes, he was offered 300 bucks per show, not terrible at the time for a backup player, but hardly real money for a guy already making a name for himself. The original thought was that it would get his name out there and be good for DT in the long run, but then it was a longass tour and Tommy and Chris would be sol during it as far as gigs and wages.

So when Stevie’s handlers (love that term, yeah they handle money and that’s about it) tried to push for more, they were told take it or leave it, the boy is no star and many guitarists would love to do this tour, so Stevie wisely bailed. As for him not wanting to wear costumes, ever see the ridiculous crap he wore around the mid-80s? Feather boa tails on his hat, Queeny kimonos, etc, so playing dressup with Davey was not the dealbreaker.

Bowie is the real culprit, let’s be honest. He asked Stevie to play on the album and tour, but wouldn’t man up and pay him real money. But then again, as is clear on these cool tapes, SRV’s style only really fit on a quarter of the tunes or so. Not a lot of wailing on many Bowie songs, and Stevie obviously wasn’t too into standing around playing triad horn fills and bubble parts while waiting for a solo every three tunes.

Oh well, at least we got these tapes out of it. And to whomever said you can’t hear SRV on these tapes, he takes at least a half dozen very SRV-ish solos, just listen closely.

But let’s be honest: it was never a very good fit in the first place. Just Bowie looking for some blues cred at the time. Think of all the great tapes we’d have missed if Stevie did the tour!

Maybe even no El Mocambo!

Sacrilege!!

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gravenb, Dime:

This is the best version of these tapes out there, by far. And the material is fascinating. I don’t know how much of SRV’s personality is detectable on the tapes - I’ve never really been able to find anything on them that shines as distinctively Stevie - but the guitar work is good, and Bowie’s in high spirits, and the entire thing is 100% worth a listen. Great material - thanks so much for uploading and sharing…

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Disc 1
Track 101. Star 3:22
Track 102. Heroes 5:04
Track 103. What in the World 3:54
Track 104. Look Back in Anger 3:00
Track 105. Joe the Lion 3:00
Track 106. Wild is the Wind 4:59
Track 107. Golden Years 4:14
Track 108. Fashion 3:21
Track 109. Let’s Dance 5:21
Track 110. Red Sails 3:54
Track 111. Breaking Glass 3:07
Track 112. Life on Mars 3:51
Track 113. Sorrow 2:44
Track 114. Cat People 4:18
Track 115. China Girl 5:34
Track 116. Scary Monsters 3:52
Track 117. Rebel Rebel 2:24
Track 118. I Can’t Explain 2:39
Track 119. White Heat, White Light 4:40
74 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Station to Station 9:06
Track 202. Cracked Actor 3:19
Track 203. Ashes to Ashes 3:59
Track 204. Space Oddity 4:36
Track 205. Young Americans 5:29
Track 206. Soul Love 3:07
Track 207. Hang on to Yourself 3:23
Track 208. Fame 4:15
Track 209. TVC15 4:16
Track 210. Stay 7:11
Track 211. Jean Genie 6:15
Track 212. Modern Love 5:20
61 mins

Lineup:
David Bowie - vocals, guitar, saxophone
Stevie Ray Vaughan - guitar
Earl Slick - guitar
Carlos Alomar - guitar
Carmine Rojas - bass guitar
Tony Thompson - drums, percussion
Dave Lebolt - keyboards, synthesizers
Steve Elson - saxophones
Stan Harrison - saxophones, woodwinds
Lenny Pickett - saxophones, woodwinds
George Simms - backing vocals
Frank Simms - backing vocals

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  1. 39 Responses to “DAVID BOWIE & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN - DALLAS 1983”

  2. Thanks mush for this. With all due respect to the many great bands and lead guitarists who backed Bowie up, this may be the fullest sound behind him he ever had on a record on tour. A box set every year since his death and yet they couldn’t put these songs out?

    By Tony Pizza on Sep 14, 2019

  3. For the record, I pulled down this, the Dylan/Band, the Beatles, and Springsteen.

    By Tony Pizza on Sep 14, 2019

  4. THANKS!!!!!!!!!

    By John on Sep 14, 2019

  5. Thank you, BigO.

    By Brian Griffin on Sep 14, 2019

  6. Hey, if Hendrix could open for the Monkees, then I guess SRV can perform with Bowie…

    By ScarRad on Sep 14, 2019

  7. Thank you very much.

    By IDC on Sep 14, 2019

  8. Great mother fuckin shit here . Keep the good shit like this comin and no pretty boys ‘ coons and queers .

    By Derrick on Sep 14, 2019

  9. Some folks say Bowie was queer or bi . He has two kids so that’s bullshit even hit he married a coon and had a high Yeller kid .he disappointed me with that shit

    By Derrick on Sep 14, 2019

  10. And don’t nobody say Bowie was a Jew bastard either . Still having a hard time tryin to deal with Bob Dylan being a Jew .

    By Derrick on Sep 14, 2019

  11. Hi Bigo,

    what’s the difference to your release in 2017) It seems, that some tracks are a little bit shorter or longer, but the line-up is the same as it was nearly two years ago.

    thanks very much for our great offers to us.

    Cheers

    By cheese-fan on Sep 14, 2019

  12. Thanks Big O! Really great quality and check that line up! He certainly knew how to assemble a fine fine band and who to play with. I hadn’t known SRV played on Bowie stuff for an age and was gobsmacked when first I heard but despite the sour grapes aspect of the anecdote above surely it didn’t do SRV any harm to turn up for $300 a day?! Didn’t it really put him on the map?
    Anyhoo, this is fab and sounds great. Just what we need here on a bright sunny morning in mad Brexit land!
    It’s appreciated
    Keep on Keeping’ on [trolls or not]
    ;)

    By swappers on Sep 14, 2019

  13. Rumor has it David had a Big Un

    By U L E on Sep 14, 2019

  14. Rumor has it Stevie Ray had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Sep 14, 2019

  15. David Bowie was a Jew . It’s noted he was into Kaballah . Also rumor has it his mother was Jewish for sure . David was embarrassed by this which is why he is said to have collected Nazi memorbillia. A man in denial perhaps ?

    By T J on Sep 14, 2019

  16. His good friend was Lou Reed another noted Jew .

    By T J on Sep 14, 2019

  17. I don’t remember hearing anything about Lou Reed or David Bowie being jews. Not that it matters .

    By Tom on Sep 14, 2019

  18. It most certainly matters . Dirty ‘ Filthy ‘ Greedy vermin Jews .

    By Der Fuhrer on Sep 14, 2019

  19. Are there any Charles Manson recordings avaliable ? Maybe it sounds morbid im intrigued.He is considered a great singer and guitarist who sadly never got his big break.If he had perhaps history would have been different.How about it? post some Charlie.

    By Eugene on Sep 14, 2019

  20. Supposedly he made some recordings in the late 60s with the help of his very good friends The beach boys.Would love to hear those as well as his prison tapes.

    By Eugene on Sep 14, 2019

  21. careful with that axe Eugene……

    By Darth Plastic on Sep 14, 2019

  22. Eugene - they are easily found and frankly are rubbish. Amateurish ten a penny dire self deluded crap. Hit any folk club around the British pubs and you will find much much better.
    He didn’t have a voice and could hardly write, not the most profound lyrically and even though Melcher and Denis Wilson thought there might have been something there, it didn’t take them long to realise they were in the presence of an acid fried weirdo no-mark idiot

    By swappers on Sep 14, 2019

  23. Thanks for sharing. I saw this show in Austin, and it was great. If SRV wasn’t happy, he didn’t show it at this show. I don’t think the date is correct:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serious_Moonlight_Tour#Tour_dates

    By JG on Sep 14, 2019

  24. Weren’t The Beach Boys targeted by the family during the Tate murders ? It seems I remember that Charlie ordered their demise .

    By Eugene on Sep 14, 2019

  25. I’ve heard the Manson recordings. They were dreck of the worst kind. If anyone thought they could have made money by signing him before Helter Skelter they would have. It’s only the people looking up to him as some sort of hero that claim he had any talent. He was a con man loser bastard who brainwashed a bunch of kids. End of story.

    By Mark on Sep 14, 2019

  26. If you don’t believe me, listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpx4ODP35VQ

    By Mark on Sep 14, 2019

  27. Actually this Manson stuff is pretty good . I’ve certainly heard worse

    By Eugene on Sep 15, 2019

  28. Rumor has it Charlie had a Big Un

    By U L E on Sep 15, 2019

  29. How else did he get all that young snatch?

    By U L E on Sep 15, 2019

  30. I heard it . It’s crap . Melcher was correct .

    By CJ on Sep 15, 2019

  31. Terry Melcher supposedly was targeted by Manson who felt slighted by him for not getting a record deal . Whether The Beach Boys were also on the hit list not sure .

    By Bill on Sep 15, 2019

  32. RIP Eddie Money 1949 to 2019 huge star in the eighties.

    By Bill on Sep 15, 2019

  33. Charlie Manson whipped it out once at a party at Brian Wilsons house . It was huge . I couldn’t get my hand around it. It took two hands and even then barely made it all the way around. . I’m sure that’s what his appeal was

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Sep 15, 2019

  34. All The Beach Boys were very big boys especially mike love and Dennis

    By Groupie Chick Traci on Sep 15, 2019

  35. David doing the Who? Very interesting. Absolutely love the rendition of China Girl. As with most great artists, you never knew what you were going to get at a live performance.
    Thanks Big O!

    By BigE on Sep 16, 2019

  36. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    Interesting post as usual

    By Alberto on Sep 17, 2019

  37. @BigE - bowie covered the who a few times. they were one of his big influences and heroes in his early days.

    He covered them on his 1973 Pinups album, on this 1983 tour, and later around 2001 he covered “pictures of lily”

    By ziggy on Sep 20, 2019

  38. I should know bout Charlie. I gave him head and I barely could fit it into my mouth as swapper watched

    By Mrs Swapper on Sep 20, 2019

  39. I knew Mark was a dirty filthy slimey Jew. The word dreck is a yiddish word for feces

    By Der Fuhrer on Sep 20, 2019

  40. Here’s David’s version of the story from an interview in 2001:

    David Bowie on Stevie Ray Vaughan:

    I’m finding writing on an acquaintance who has passed on is not a little daunting. Memory recall is
    inevitably spotted with “If only” and “What ifs”. My association with Stevie ran a short course of only
    a few months, our relationship only a few weeks, so my anecdotal resources are limited to just a couple of stories.

    Claude Nobs had for many years run the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. As I was living in a small
    village close to Montreux, the festival was an annual must. One night in 1982 Claude phoned me and told
    me of a new act he was putting on in a day or so. He knew that I was a big R&B and blues fan and thought
    I might enjoy this new kid. Come the show, blasting through a short but riveting set, SRV completely floored
    me. I probably hadn’t been so gung-ho about a guitar player since seeing Jeff Beck in the early 60’s with his
    band the Tridents at Eel Pie Island, London. He was so complete, so vital and inventive with the form.

    Stevie and I had drinks after the show and we talked quite a bit about his influences and American music in
    general. We got on immediately as we shared a love for the playing of Albert King amongst others and in my
    enthusiasm I gave him a full run down of my 45 and 78 record collection which spanned from early Red Prysock,
    Louis Jordan and the Alan Freed Rock and Roll band through Broonzy, Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf to British Old
    School like Bond, Mayall and Alexis Korner. I was deeply impressed with Stevie’s knowledge of and interest in
    British artists like John Renborn and Davy Graham, musicians that I would never have guessed from his playing
    that he would have had any interest in. I was also hugely flattered when he brought up my own albums Heroes
    and Scary Monsters, asking how it was working with Robert Fripp and Pete Townshend.

    At the end of the evening I took my courage in my hands and asked him if he would have any interest in working
    with me on my next album which was due to start at the end of the year. Although I had had a big hit in the States
    with “Fame” a few years previously I was not exactly a household name and was more regarded as an Alternative
    artist who got lucky. In fact albums like Low, Heroes and Scary Monsters had indeed put me back on a kind of fringe.

    And as Stevie’s music was such hard core blues I expected and would have understood a polite “thanks but no thanks”.
    You can’t imagine how delighted I was when he accepted the offer on the spot and said he’d love to try out a new kind
    of record just for the experience. When I asked if touring could also be a possibility he again replied in the affirmative,
    “‘Hell, yea”, he said, “I tour real good”.

    December rolled around and after only a couple or so weeks in the studio Nile Rodgers and I had put down the tracks
    and vocals of my new album, Let’s Dance. All that was left was to overdub the lead guitar. In the third week of December
    Stevie strolled into the Power Station and proceeded to rip-up everything one thought about dance records. After his
    blistering solo on the title song he ambled into the control room and with a cheeky smile on his face, shyly quipped,
    “That one’s for Albert”, knowing full well that I would understand that King’s own playing was the genesis for that solo.
    One after another he knocked down solo upon solo, song upon song. In a ridiculously short time he had become midwife
    to the sound that I had had ringing in my ears all year. A dance form that had its melody rooted in a European sensibility
    but owed its impact to the blues.”

    Tour rehearsals were a fairly disjointed affair for me as I was also being shunted here, there and everywhere to do
    press for the albums release. By the time I got to Dallas the band had already honed the songs to a near finished state.
    Although pretty disjointed himself as drugs were seriously taking their toll, Stevie was pulling notes out of the air that no
    one could have dreamed would have worked with my songs. In fact there is a bootleg out there somewhere containing
    one days playing, a gem for those that can find it.

    Apart from a couple of dreadful hangers-on that had fastened themselves onto Stevie’s coat tails, things swung along
    pretty well. Stevie’s manager had asked the tour promoter if, while on tour, it was possible for Stevie to fly out and do a
    couple of German TV shows on our days off. The promoter had specified that as long as Stevie made it to the next gig
    we would have no problem with it. All in all, we were really stoked about getting to Europe and the first gig.

    At the end of our work in Dallas the band made its way to New York and I again left for Europe to recommence interviews
    and TV and such. Then about three days in front of the first gig I got a heartbreaking call from my office. “Are you sitting
    down, David? I’m afraid you have a new lead guitar player. Stevie is no longer on the tour.”

    At the eleventh hour, literally, Stevie’s manager had pulled an unbelievable trick. One half hour before the coach was due
    to leave for the airport and while Stevie and the rest of the band were loading their bags onto it, the manager had demanded
    a meeting with the tour promoter in the lobby of the hotel. He then point blank demanded to renegotiate Stevie’s fee, there
    and then, giving him a higher salary than any other musician on the tour otherwise he would pull Stevie from the tour.

    As I was thousands of miles away in Belgium and with twenty minutes to go, our promoter took it upon himself to make a
    decision which would change the entire sound of the show. “Arnie,” he called to Arnold Dunn, our tour manager, “take
    Mr. Vaughan’s bags off the coach, he has decided to pass on this tour.”

    When the rest of the party arrived in Belgium, Carmine Rojas, my bass player, told me that it was one of the most heartbreaking
    moments he had ever witnessed on the road, Stevie left standing on the sidewalk with his bags surrounding him. Carmine was
    convinced that Stevie had no idea that his manager was going to pull such a scam or, if he did, that this guy had convinced
    Stevie that he could pull it off. Carlos Alomar, the bandleader, had quickly recommended phoning Earl Slick who learned the
    entire show on the flight over to Belgium.

    At first, I was both devastated and angry. But not really sure who to be angry at. The stupid manager who tried a juvenile blackmail
    or our tour guys for making such an important decision without waiting to get hold of me. You just have to get over these things
    pretty fast or buckle under, so the tour kicked off and did its thing around the world, Slickly performing like a trooper with no
    rehearsal whatsoever.

    I saw and heard nothing from Stevie till the summer of 1990. We found ourselves both playing gigs in the same city somewhere
    on tour in America and got together for a while in the afternoon before our respective gigs. The transformation in Stevie was
    amazing. He had a disposition so sunny and optimistic that he positively shined with happiness and fulfillment. We spent some
    time talking about our sobriety and the astonishing effect it had had on both our lives. I saw the first twenty minutes or so of his
    show and then had to leave for my own. Just a few weeks later I heard the news of that terrible crash.

    I value the short time we had spent working together as one of the greatest musical experiences of my life and I doubt very much
    whether that thrill of hearing him slam into my songs with the quiet mastery that was his alone, will ever be repeated quite that
    overwhelmingly. I’m just so thankful that I got to see him in 1990 in such a high place in his life, contained and truly happy,
    doing the one thing that he lived for, playing the blues.
    ——————————————————————————–
    David Bowie
    August, 2001

    By Michael A Solof on Nov 5, 2019

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