This morning, Parlophone announced the fifth – and next-to-last – volume of David Bowie’s D.I.Y. box set Brilliant Live Adventures. The new Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) was first released as a digital-only title last summer, and now makes its debut on CD and vinyl.
Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) includes all 15 songs performed by Bowie and his band at the Elysée Montmartre on October 14, 1999. Earlier in the day, he was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honor bestowed by the country of France. And while the award recognized his 30 years of musical achievements, Bowie wasn’t looking back. He was on the road to promote hours…, his spacy, video game-inspired new album. The energetic show (one of only seven full concerts performed in support of hours…) was filmed and three songs eventually found their way onto various versions of the Survive CD single; the remaining dozen tracks were first issued on the digital version of this album in 2020.
With Page Hamilton on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mark Plati on guitar, Sterling Campbell on drums, Mike Garson on piano, keyboards, and synthesizers, and Emm Gryner and Holly Palmer on backing vocals, Bowie performed a diverse setlist spanning decades. Among deep and rarely-played cuts like “Drive-In Saturday,” “Word on a Wing,” and the 1965 Pye single “Can’t Help Thinking About Me” (perhaps on his mind as he prepared the ultimately-abandoned Toy album), the band included five tracks from hours…, including “Thursday’s Child,” “Survive,” “Seven,” “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell,” and the live debut of “Something in the Air.” Rounding out the setlist were popular favorites such as “Rebel, Rebel,” “Changes,” “Life on Mars,” and “China Girl.”
As with past Brilliant Live Adventures titles, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99) will be released on both CD and vinyl. Pre-orders will open Friday, February 26 at Rhino.com and David Bowie’s official store. You’ll find the track listing below!
- Life on Mars?
- Thursday’s Child
- Something in the Air
- Word on a Wing
- Can’t Help Thinking About Me
- China Girl
- Always Crashing in the Same Car
- Drive-In Saturday
- I Can’t Read
- The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
- Rebel Rebel
Tracks 1, 3-7, 9, 10, 12-15 previously unreleased
Tracks 2 and 11 released on “Survive” CD single, Virgin 72438 96487 2 0, 2000
Track 8 video released as enhanced content on Survive Collectors’ Edition Live CD single, Virgin 72438 96487 2 0, 2000