Official MSO Press Release
25th September 1997
DAVID BOWIE SETS HIS FIRST-EVER LIVE CYBERCAST PERFORMANCE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1 FROM BOSTON’S ORPHEUM THEATRE
THE DAVID BOWIE EARTHLING CONCERT WILL BE HOSTED BY N2K’S ROCKTROPOLIS AND VIRGIN RECORDS
In his continued exploration and utilization of the Internet, DAVID BOWIE is inviting listeners from around the globe to experience one of his shows with his first-ever live cybercast Wednesday, October 1, emanating from Boston’s Orpheum Theatre. The event will kick-off with a live fans-only chat at 8:30pm (eastern), followed by BOWIE’s live concert.
Currently in the midst of his six-week North American “Earthling Tour,” BOWIE has been selling out concerts across the country, adding second and third shows in some cities, while inspiring one rave accolade after another. Richard Cromelin noted in The Los Angeles Times: “His artistic reinvigoration was reflected in the performance, whose sonic force, richness and dynamism captured the complexity and inventiveness of the new material – which brings BOWIE’s preoccupation’s with technology, alienation and spiritual fragmentation to bear on ’90s culture – and enlarged it to a grand scale,” while Kevin Williams’ review in the Chicago Sun Times began with the line: “To simply say DAVID BOWIE tore it up Friday night lacks the eloquence sufficient to convey how awesome he was…”
During BOWIE’s performance, the on-line audience may chat with fellow fans in Rocktropolis’ Buzz Cafe, as well as pre-order BOWIE’s new EP, the Bowie/Brian Eno-penned “I’m Afraid Of Americans,” one of the stand-out tracks on his EARTHLING album. This EP – due out October 14 on Virgin Records – features five remixes by NINE INCH NAILS and one by England’s Rupert Parkes, also known as Photek. BOWIE’s back catalog will available for purchase, while fans may also participate in an “Earthling” competition whereby concert-goers can win merchandise.
The event site may be reached via:
BOWIE has participated in several massive Internet events including his 50th Birthday Chat which was hosted by 50 different DAVID BOWIE websites from around the world and the Internet-only release of his single “Telling Lies,” which prompted an unprecedented registered 300,000 downloads.
Meanwhile, for those who miss this cybercast the first time around, it will be rebroadcast twice the following day on October 2 at 9am (eastern) and 2pm (eastern), enabling fans in Europe and Japan to hear it during prime hours.
BOWIE’s concert will be broadcast in both Real Audio, Real Video, and NetShow and VDO. All helper applications and tools necessary to view the concert will be made available at the site several days in advance of the cybercast.