The King of Cool rules in the raw

by Carl Johnston / Manchester Evening News

4th November 1991

THE prospect of seeing David Bowie at a tiny venue which goes big on atmosphere was an appealing one.

The 40,000 who endured last year’s greatest hits extravaganza at Maine Road – which had its fair share of the nasty side-effect associated with stadium rock – will agree with that.

Yet not many more than 800 excited and curious supporters got the chance to see his latest project at the International 2 club, Longsight, last night.

Those who have followed Tin Machine’s desperate struggle to be taken seriously will know that The White Duke has shunned his millionaire lifestyle to rediscover his musical roots.

This was a rare chance to see Bowie in the raw. And Tin Machine regularly displayed their talents as skilled songwriters. And Heaven’s In Here, a Bowie composition, had the King of Cool stripping off a physique which had the ladies drooling.

His mammoth presence wasn’t over-shadowed when he handed over the limelight to his new partners. Even drummer Hunt Sales’ “moment with Stateside” was snatched away when Bowie added some backing vocals.

It makes it impossible to perceive Tin Machine as anything other than Bowie’s Band. But Reeves Gabrels does plenty on lead guitar to earn his place alongside one of rock’s biggest legends.

And Bowie booted into touch the critics who have tried to squeeze the life out of Tin Machine’s so far brief career.

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