Appointment Viewing: The Last Shadow Puppets Cover Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream”

I think this performance from the Glastonbury Festival on the weekend was brilliant, and a very suitable tribute to Mr. Bowie.

I’ve always said Alex Turner is destined to become one of the all-time greats in Rock, and his stint with The Last Shadow Puppets is proving to be a big step up from the Arctic Monkeys, who were pretty great themselves. I really can’t wait to see what directions he takes over the next 10 years.

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More than anything, I think the guy’s a great songwriter, and a charismatic if somewhat range-limited singer. But I never expected a performance like this out of him. For one thing, it’s unusual to see him singing without a guitar, but jeez man, here he is working the mic like Elvis on acid.

Bowie songs are notoriously hard to sing because of their range, but he nails it convincingly, and with conviction. The band is razor-sharp tight, and Miles Kane delivers some blistering sounds on lead guitar. I found the whole thing incredibly powerful and very moving.

It’s too bad the audience looked so uninterested in the performance. Apparently most of the audience up front had been there for hours in anticipation of Adele’s appearance later that evening. What a bunch of wankers. Hopefully you will enjoy it a lot more than they did.

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