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Des de Moor
DARKNESS AND DISGRACE


"An endless stream of compelling vignettes" - The Stage
Eye modifications courtesy of PaintShop rather than my future cover designer. Photo: Theo Cohen

AUDIENCE REACTION


From Robb Johnson, February 2003: A short thank-you for a very fine evening! Excellent performances, harmonies, interplay - great - particular favourite bits: the 1984 spokenword section, the Stranger in a Strange Land spokenword section, 'Heroes' (brilliant), 'Life on Mars', and of course 'Time' - and the encore/epilogue, spokenword & song. Nearly had me sad, because it reminded me how utterly excited I was by the possibilities I saw in Ziggy Stardust, and I remembered - like, being A Fan - and getting Aladdin Sane, and seeing the Earls Court concert, and being disappointed by it, feeling like I'd been somehow let down - like being dumped by your first girl/boyfriend - and so I never stuck with Bowie, and it took me a lot of time to decide to buy the 30th anniversary CD of Ziggy Stardust, which I hadn't admitted to wanting to listen to for at least 25 years.... but then again, last night was just so good, it sort of didn't matter that much after all.
From Angus Towler writing on the Duckie News Yahoo Group, February 2003: At first I wasn't sure what to make of it - Des doing the bulk of the vocals, 'the lovely Russell' from Julian Clary's early days offering musical (and vocal) backing. It was actually a bit of a shock to hear 'Diamond Dogs', 'Station To Station' and 'Be My Wife' stripped down to the bone. But it quickly gelled and made you realise what a genius the great man is. It all unfolds into a personal and insightful collage of songs, interview snippets, even literature. I was impressed - and if you have only the slightest interest in Bowie, it's worth going along. And Des and Russell get the musical balance pretty much right; even though there's sadly nothing from Young Americans, they deftly sidestep the horrors of the '80s.
From Martyn Alcott 9 February 2003: Bowie fans have never heard these songs in such a way before...Des delivers the songs in his own style, cleverly avoiding the obvious pitfall of singing the songs with the same inflexion and intimation as Bowie has himself...In many instances the songs themselves seemed to have a very fresh edge to them...It is a show that no fan will fail to enjoy but the sheer quality of the songs and performances mean that in my opinion even the most casual of listeners to Bowie's music would be suitably impressed by it. Make the effort and see it.
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From David Bloomfield, 10 February 2003: Saw the show on Friday 7th Feb, deserves a bigger audience, but what a special treat if you go see. Had the songs in my head for days after, and it was the versions I had heard, not the DB originals -- quite a feat.
From David Bloomfield, 10 February 2003: Saw the show on Friday 7th Feb, deserves a bigger audience, but what a special treat if you go see. Had the songs in my head for days after, and it was the versions I had heard, not the DB originals -- quite a feat.
From Jimbo, 17 February 2003: Went to see your show on friday and thought it was hugely entertaining, quite brilliant. I'm a big fan!
From Paul Steeples, 20 February 2003: I loved the way you shared the vocals and the spoken bits, and Russell makes a fantastic Bowie in the interview excerpts. You manage to cover the spectrum between looking like Satan in "Time" and having an uncanny resemblance to Graham Greene in "...Oxford Town". I thought you both performed immaculately and movingly.
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