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New Weather Machine celebrates 40th birthday of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

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Singing and playing David Bowie isn’t much of a stretch for Jon Martin of the New Weather Machine, who wears his Bowie influences on his sleeve and in Jon Martin sings David Bowie. Photo by Richard Ameryhis voice. So he is pretty much the perfect choice to do a tribute to Bowie’s 1972 rock opera The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Jesse Northey playing bass dressed as David Bowie. Photo by Richard Amery
Martin’s band, the New Weather Machine played David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust in it's entirety from beginning to end, ending with smoking versions of the title track and Suffragette City, my absolute favourite David Bowie song.

Martin, dressed in a  late 60s poncho with just a touch of Bowiesque make-up switched between acoustic and electric guitar and sang in his inimitable piecing yelp.

Bassist Jesse Northey, dressed in the leather trenchcoat with collar upturned went with full on white and orange make-up while guitarist Jason Oakes went with alien antennae.


 The good sized crowd also took the Bowie masquerade theme to heart, sporting an array of David Bowie outfits and/ or theatre masques.


I don’t know every note of  the album, but the band seemed to hit most of them, alternating between acoustic and electric guitars for all the necessary textures. The songs ranged from the classic rock roar of “Suffragette City,” to more pre-punk inspired rockers to more laid back, outer space influenced, ethereal, textured songs off the album.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 August 2012 16:48 )  
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