David Brighton: Before meeting up with the Bowie camp, you'd already
worked with some of the most talented musicians on the planet, including the
greatest band in the world - The Beatles. One would imagine that it would have
taken a lot to impress you after that. What was your initial impression of the
then unknown singer/songwriter, David Bowie? Did you expect him to become a
major force in the rock world?
DB: You've been quoted as saying that you never expected to be talking about
these records thirty years later. I'm wondering what you think Bowie's
expectations might have been? He has been quoted as saying things like
"if you want to be canonized, write a good song."
DB: You recorded all of the albums
from the period that many consider to be the most seminal chapter in
- The Ziggy Stardust era... the music that made him a superstar.
Your contribution to his success was immense. Looking back at it today, how do you view the role you played in the making of
the Bowie/Ziggy phenomenon?
DB: Some artists can be pretty intense during the recording
process. Can you share
with us how Bowie and the various Spiders carried themselves in the studio - and
given their various personalities and temperaments, what kind of challenges you
faced in drawing the best performances out of them?
DB: Bowie's singing on some songs sounds like a theatrically trained voice. Did
he ever talk to you at all about his musical training?
DB: Did you give Bowie much input on how he might best
approach a particular vocal in the studio?
DB: Did I ask that question??? Some
producers have been known to give input on pretty much everything. From
"directing" the musicians and vocalists, to getting involved with the
writing and the arrangements and choosing which songs a band would
record. Clearly, you subscribe to a different philosophy.
DB: Mick Ronson's string arrangements were so
effective... perfectly suited to the song. They never sounded bland, cheesy, or too saccharine. Do you credit this to Ronson's taste, or to Bowie's melodies and
chord structures, or to both? Were the arrangements purely Ronson, or did you
and/or Bowie have input on them?
DB: Speaking of 1984/Dodo, will there be an official release of The 1980 Floor Show on DVD?
KS: David expressed an interest to NBC, but they wanted a
lot of money, so I think not. As I recall, the show wasn't captured as it
really went down... the
cameras turned away from David and Ronno during the solo on Jean Genie because it was too
provocative for the Network.
DB: Some Bowie fans consider Aladdin Sane to be the best sounding Spiders era recording. It's much more aggressive sonically than the other albums... the drum sound was much more Rock and Roll. Was there an upgrade in the equipment used between albums or different micing techniques?
KS: It got more raw as it went on... but it was exactly the same equipment. We were getting to know each other better.
DB: Well Ken, I appreciate the interesting insights you've shared about your life and your experiences working with Bowie and the Spiders. Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview.
The complete Mojo
Magazine interview with David Brighton
David: It was shot in New York City. We did it back in May... it took about a week to shoot. It was good fun.
Mojo: How did you get the job?
David: I got a call from the production people while I was out on tour. The producer told me that they were going to be making a commercial with David Bowie and that Bowie wanted them to bring in a look-alike to play Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, the Scary Monsters Clown, and a number of his other past personas. David would appear as he is today. So as soon as I got off the road they had me send them a stack of photos of me in my Bowie costumes. They also had me do a screen test in LA. It took them a few days to call me back after that, and being your typical neurotic performer, I didn't think I'd gotten the part. My manager kept telling me "Of course you've got the part...don't be an idiot."
Mojo: How difficult was it to get the costumes and presentation right?
David: I think the director said it best when he described it as being monumentally difficult. But the team of people making it happen were all the top professionals in the movie industry. The costume, hair and makeup people were all brilliant. Matching all ofBowie's facial expressions and mannerisms was a real challenge. The director would have David Bowie shoot each scene in his street clothes and then have me re-shoot the same scene in costume and full makeup, replicating his every move and expression as closely as humanly possible. It wasn't easy.
Mojo: Was Bowie's face transferred onto yours for some sequences?
David: Yes absolutely. For a couple of characters (like the Diamond Dog) it was almost entirely Bowie's face that you were seeing. And on some others, some of Bowie's features were mixed in with mine as well. The post production people did a really impressive job with the computer graphics... morphing my features with Bowie's. The dilated pupil of course was his. Things like Ziggy with the blow dryer and the Ashes to Ashes clown were mostly me.
Mojo: Do you know what Bowie thought of it?
David: He enjoyed filming it. He was having a great time. And I'm
told that he was pleased with the final product. The news editor from
David's official web site emailed me after it started airing to say that
all the fans fell for it. I think everybody was happy.
David: Meeting and working with Bowie was a bit surreal. Again, this is one of the few people who have affected the whole world with his music. He was very warm and friendly. He walks over with a big smile and a handshake, saying "Hi I'm David." Then the rest of the day he's telling stories and cracking jokes in between takes.
Mojo: When did people start telling you you looked so much like Bowie?
David: It's been happening since my late teens. It seems to happen more an more these days. It's pretty weird.
Mojo: How old were you when you started to be affected by his music?
David: I first heard Bowie's music when I was in High School. His
rock stuff with the Spiders From Mars was what got my attention
initially. Great songs, great vocals, Mick Ronson's great guitar sounds,
great playing, great band, Mike Garson's piano… all brilliant. Very
Mojo: Many thanks for answering our
questions David. All good wishes for the future.
Performer speaks with
David Bowie double - David Brighton
Actor / musician - David Brighton, portrays David Bowie's past personas
in the TV commercial for Reality - Bowie's
new CD. The very same ad is also Vittel Mineral Water's latest
commercial. In the thirty second advertisement, the modern day Bowie
walks through a house and in each room he bumps into different versions
of himself - each from a different era of his career.
Question: The news editor at Bowie Net says you did a great job in the commercial... all the fans fell for it. How hard was it to pull that off?
David: It was difficult. But the costume, hair, makeup, production and computer graphics people do all of Harrison Ford's movies and everyone else you can think of. So it wasn't just me, though I appreciate the compliment. I was just the guy in the costumes...
Question: Yes, the costumes, hair and makeup were replicated to perfection. But at the end of the day, you were the one in the costumes, the hair and makeup, having to convince the world that they were seeing David Bowie in his many phases. What was that like? What challenges did you face?
David: I think the biggest thing on all of our minds was that David Bowie himself was going to be watching. It's one thing to dress like someone and imitate them when they're not around... But when you know they're going to tell you what looks right and what doesn't - from the costumes to the facial expressions and mannerisms - it's another kind of pressure altogether.
Question: Were you nervous?
David: Yes! But as I said, there was a team of really talented people, all doing their parts. The hardest thing for me was to try to copy Bowie's every move and facial expression exactly. They'd have me watch Bowie do a scene and then they'd have me redo the same scene in the costume and the makeup that they wanted. So there were a zillion details to assimilate and recreate each time.
Question: Was it your first time meeting Bowie, and what struck you most about him?
David: Yep, first time meeting him. It was interesting to see up close what makes him such a superstar. His range of performance skills seemed to be without end, even when he was just goofing around. When the director would tell him what he wanted and David would do something unexpected every time.
Question: How did Bowie and the director treat you?
David: Both were perfect English gentlemen... very personable. Bowie was very warm and friendly and very funny. He seemed to be impressed with my Ziggy Stardust platform boots. "Those bring back memories!" he said, when he saw them. "Really well made too..." he went on... "Mine were cheap plastic things..."
Question: Did you and David Bowie talk about your Bowie Tribute act?
David: We really didn't. The focus was very
much on what was going on on the set. The director and other people
asked about the act during breaks and so forth. But when Bowie was on
the set, it was time to roll film.
Question: Who's idea was it to use a look-alike rather than having David Bowie do all of his previous looks?
David: That was Bowie's idea... He only wanted to appear as he is today. I don't think he's interested in going back to his Ziggy days or any of that. He's moving forward.
Question: Did Bowie himself see your screen test and choose you to play him in the commercial?
David: That's what I'm told. Bowie and the whole multitude of other people who are in on those kinds of decisions. The producer, the director, the casting director, the clients, etc.
Question: Will the ad be aired in the U.S.?
David: I don't know if they're going to show it here or not. But I think American audiences could use another David Bowie commercial. Why not give the one of the world's few creative genius's equal time? (Webmaster's note: The commercial is now being aired in the United States, promoting Reality - David Bowie's new CD. It had only been aired in Europe and the UK at the time of this interview.)
Question: Are you planning to do more Television in the near future?
David: Actually there are some other things in the works as we speak. As soon as things are firmed up, I'll be able to say more.
Question: Thanks for taking the time to share with us and best wishes for the future! Anything parting thoughts for our readers?
David: Thanks for having me... It was a great making the ad. Let's do another one…
(Excerpts taken from Today's Performer,
The Axeman Cometh:
"Switch," the award winning Canadian guitarist and recording artist, studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music before high tailing it to Hollywood to enroll at the Guitar Institute of Technology. He graduated 1st class honors, where the school dubbed him a "Success Story," having appeared with artists like; Gene Loves Jezebel, Nancy Sinatra, Bay City Rollers, House Of Lords, and the Bloody Lovelies (Josh Groban). Now brandishing his six string razor with Space Oddity - the world famous David Bowie Tribute act, Switch goes boldly where no Canadian axeman has gone before... straight into the ranks of The Chosen Few. We caught up with the guitar slamming rocker for this exclusive, no holds barred interview...
Question: How does one transition from Gene Loves Jezebel to The Spiders From Mars with Space Oddity? What kinds of differences have you encountered?
Switch: Well, Gene Loves Jezebel is really an improvisational band. The goal is to try to make new music every day within the confines of the songs and hits. Of course there are certain things that have to happen musically to let the listener know what song you are playing, but it really is an environment of improvisation. I feel all the great rock bands that had this ability made it very exiting for both the musicians and the audience. And the energy of doing that in front of a live audience is the magic of a GLJ experience, along with some eye makeup.............!
Now with Space Oddity, the whole situation is to recreate as closely as possible the genius of Mick Ronson. So it becomes much more of a study of style, taste and respect to the music. I thoroughly enjoy this environment as a guitarist as well! It is much more detail oriented where you are asked to play in the style of that artist, note for note and feel for feel. I actually see myself much more like a Classical Musician shifting gears between the time periods really, like from the Classical Period to say the Baroque where the sensibility's of music were very different. It is quite a challenge!!
Question: What got you interested in being part of an impersonation act? Was there something prior to it that got you involved in impersonating?
Switch: That's an interesting question. I spent a lot of time in college working on classical guitar. I enjoyed it tremendously! But when I went to see my friends play, after a few pieces I would think, well this is rather boring isn't it? And this is coming from a person who understands the music. I also grew up listing to all the great rock bands, and loved them as well. But again, a lot of times I was rather disappointed in the live shows............................ like there should be more than four guys looking at each other playing great music. When I moved down to LA I had a lot of studio work right off the bat, which suited me fine, but I also got involved in an organization called The Boogie Knights, which was a parody of Disco, which became very popular. It just seemed like a great marriage, where you have a style of music that is fun, and all the costumes along with the songs and it just came alive for me. And it was ENTERTAINING!!! Though that experience I learned how to not just be a musician, but in addition an entertainer and now it seems that both have to be present for me to feel whole.
Recall and describe your first time performing as David Bowie's platinum haired lead guitarist - where were you? How did people react?
Switch: My first gig was at a private venue called the Voodoo Lounge, with the best guitar store on the planet attached to it called Wild West Guitars. Any guitars players out there, do yourself a big favor and check this place out. Tell them Switch sent you...............! So we had a back stage to get ready in as there is quite a lot of costuming...............especially for David - he does three to four costume changes during the duration of the show. This was the first time I was to see David all done up, as we never did a full costume rehearsal. We just worked hard on the music. When he first came out of the dressing room I was completely blown away. I could not believe it! I thought I was seeing David Bowie right in front of me. At that point all I could think about was................oh no, My Shoes suck!! But in all seriousness, I thought if I can be blown away in the dressing room by just his appearance, when people see and hear the whole package they are going to freak out and have a great time!! I was right.
Question: If you were to describe Space Oddity's performance to someone who had never seen a show, what would you tell them to expect?
Switch: I would tell them to get ready to be transported back in time to see one of the great rock and roll shows. The way this is done is really rock theater. It is a recreation of a great creative time in rock music. I would also tell them that you have to see it to believe it, because it is rather beyond description how cool it is! I would also tell them that they will probably be loading up their I PODS with Bowie tunes after the show as well. There are a lot of impersonators out there... but David's resemblance to Bowie is just crazy. And all the costumes are authentic from the 70s. In addition, many of the guitars and much of the gear are also from that time period, so it is just like going to see David Bowie in the 70s with The Spiders From Mars. Now that would be enough for me.............but David then goes into different costumes for different periods, all of which are done impeccably well. It really has to be seen to be believed.
Question: How did you become a part of Space Oddity? What about it appealed to you?
Switch: I became part of Space Oddity though a recommendation of a mutual friend that David and I share. I am very happy about that!! When I first heard about it, the thing that appealed to me was that I knew this type of thing is going to be very entertaining and fun to watch. It also appealed to me in that I could completely be a guitar ham and do the 70s rock star guitar hero thing! I also liked the challenge of learning all the Mick Ronson guitar parts and moves, as he was such an influence on so many guitars players.
by Chris Van Allen
Question: Your role in Space Oddity demands being able to reproduce some of rock music's most emotionally charged guitar players' feel, licks and sounds - including Mick Ronson, Robert Fripp and Stevie Ray Vaughn. These are some very specific, if not super human requirements. Is doing what you do with Space Oddity more or less difficult than what you've done with other acts? Explain.
Switch: There is a certain paradigm you have to be in to approach a situation like this. Attention to detail and respect for the music is at the top of the list. This is really not a vehicle for self expression, but recreating the feels and sounds of that moment in time as closely as humanly possible. It takes a lot of listening and reviewing the music. Having David around helps too! He also is a fantastic guitarist and helped me a lot in understanding the music and where the players were coming from.
Question: The Tribute phenomenon is enthusiastically embraced by many, and completely dismissed by others. What were your thoughts on the trend before Space Oddity and now?
Switch: It is an interesting trend. I believe it exists because the music is still being heard on radio and a new generation of people are being exposed to it and have an interest in seeing it performed live. And coupled with that is the generation that grew up with the music and would also love to see the music performed today. The only problem is a lot of the bands are no longer touring or have completely changed how they would have performed the music back in the day. So there is a demand for it. Now with anything, there are things that work and things that don't. If someone was exited about seeing a tribute show and went to see one that was less than great, it may influence their feelings about the whole scene. But if it is done right, and (Space Oddity) is, it can really expose the new generation to something really great, and for the generation who did grow up on it, take you back in time.
Question: Would you say doing a tribute harder than it looks?
Switch: There are a lot of things going on to make up the whole. There is first the music. Then the right gear and tones. After that you need to get the costumes, hair and makeup right. Then you need to review old footage and start working on mannerisms and things. Then the constant tweaking and improving. So there are a lot of things superimposed on each other to make the whole. To me it is a lot of fun, but there is a little more work involved than most acts.
Question: Each of the Space Oddity band members have
resumes. How do you get along with David and the rest of the band?
Question: With so many tribute acts these
days, why do you think Space Oddity
is so well known around the world?
Question: What do you think of the term
"tribute act?" How do you feel about
the term being attached to Space Oddity?
Question: What kind of people come to your shows?
Switch: I have just noticed very young attractive females.................................but that could be just what I am paying attention to...........!
Question: What other projects in
addition to Space Oddity are you
Question: What goals for the future do you
Calling Sister Midnight -
An intimate, up close and personal chat with
Space Oddity's glam/goth femme fatale...
By Brooke Naughton's early teens, the award winning vocalist had already worked with some of the music industry's top professionals. "Brooke was a great singer by age thirteen or fourteen..." sites one industry insider. Brooke and her sister Char began singing and songwriting at an early age. With eclectic influences spanning everything from Britpop to Bob Dylan, the Naughton girls formed the alternative pop/rock outfit - Rainy Day Stone in the mid 1990s. It didn't take long before some of Alanis Morrisette’s production team spotted the girls and signed them immediately. This led to Brooke singing on several records, including her own. Today, the talented Miss Brooke continues to concentrate on her singing, playing, original material as well as writing screenplays. And of course, her feathers are definitely looking better and better as she brings her own brand of slinky feminine cool to the "Spiders From Mars"... performing with her favorite group of musicians, Space Oddity - David Brighton's Tribute To David Bowie.
Question: Lady Stardust or Twig The Wonder Kid? Or... will the real Brooke Naughton please stand up? You started your recording career in a female acoustic alternative pop/rock duo. Today you’re tearing it up in concert halls across the globe as the feather boa / platform heel wearing, glitter chick from another planet. Which is the real Brooke, and how would you describe your transformation from sensitive acoustic female rocker to flamboyant Space Oddity keyboardist/back up vocalist?
Brooke: The real Brooke? Neither? Both? Is there a real me...? What is the real me? Who am I? (Laughs) When it comes to performing, I love taking it all on. I like to mix it up. But I have to tell you, it hasn’t always been easy. At times I’ve had to fight the urge to vocalize my inner-chick sensitivity as it just doesn’t always mesh (i.e. the few times I’ve struggled to NOT sing the line “Where have all the cowboys gone” during “Where Have All the Good Times Gone”. (Laughs) But, you know, you take each day as it comes and hope in the end to produce something truly worthy of the Space Oddity show.
Question: After Rainy Day Stone called it quits, how did you become involved with Space Oddity?
Brooke: Despite being a songwriter, it was my love for singing/playing/performing that started my journey into the musical adventure that is the impersonating world. I joined the group after meeting Mr. Brighton to do some songwriting with him and my sister. We hit it off so well working on the original music, that when the opportunity presented itself for me to audition for the part of keyboardist / vocalist in his David Bowie act, I jumped at the chance. Since joining Space Oddity, I’ve never looked back. Every time I perform with Mr. Brighton, my love for his show keeps growing. I’m having so much fun! It’s the coolest thing getting paid to perform some of the best music ever written.
Question: How would you describe the show to any of our readers who haven't seen Space Oddity in concert yet?
Brooke: Expect to see a lot of spandex, make-up, and platform boots… and that’s just from the guys in the group! (Laughs) And...seriously...of course, be ready to experience what are considered by most to be among the finest moments in the history rock and roll!
Question: David Bowie's music is graced with some of the world's greatest keyboardists most inspired moments on record. Has it been difficult to replicate the keyboard work on tracks like Aladdin Sane, Time and Life On Mars?
Brooke: Definitely! The Bowie show is the most musically challenging act I’ve ever been a part of. I’m trying to capture the brilliance of Mike Garson and Rick Wakeman!
Question: As popular as the "Tribute" trend is, people seem to either love or hate it. What are your thoughts on the trend, and has your opinion changed since working with Space Oddity?
Brooke: Before Space Oddity I just didn’t “get” the whole tribute thing… Of course, there are a lot of clam bakes in the field; but since joining Space Oddity, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to learn that a tribute act, when done as well as Mr. Brighton runs his show, can actually be quite an experience. Not only does David “deliver the goods”, but the entire band is dedicated to delivering as accurately a sound as possible. I haven’t had as much fun on any project I’ve worked on as I’ve had performing with Space Oddity.
Question: Let's talk about the band. Rock bands have traditionally been plagued with personality conflicts, power struggles and battling egos among band members. What are the inner workings of Space Oddity like in that area?
Brooke: I am actually quite happy to say that this is the most professional, fun, and down-to-earth group of people I’ve ever worked with (aside from that one time I ran a one-woman show!!!)
Question: In a field where most bands are generally unknown outside of a hundred mile radius, how is it that Space Oddity is known and respected worldwide?
Brooke: David does the best Bowie. Full stop. And the fact that he was hand picked by Bowie himself to be in Bowie's Vittel commercial generated a lot of attention. He was also cast to play Ziggy Stardust the Watchmen movie that's coming out in 2009. He's the best in the business. He's wonderful...awesome to work with. Plus, he's put together one of the best groups of musicians ever. I mean seriously... the Space Oddity band ROCKS!!!!
Question: What kind of people come to see Space Oddity?
Brooke: The best kind.
Question: Are you currently working on any other musical projects in addition to Space Oddity?
Brooke: I could share that information, but then I’d have to…you know…
Question: What other career goals are on your horizon?
Brooke: Working with David was my goal in life… So, check that off my list. Other than that...I'm getting ready to record my new solo album.
(Mac Interview - November, 2007)
From Stray Cat to
Question: The Space Oddity band members are all professional musicians who tour (or have toured) with major acts like Eddie Money, Alice Cooper, Five For Fighting, Brian Setzer and Shakira. How did you hook up with Space Oddity and what attracted you to it?
Howie: I first heard about Space Oddity because a friend of mine was playing with them. I told him to pass the word that I was very interested in playing guitar for the band.
Question: How does playing with Space Oddity differ from playing with the name acts you’ve worked with?
Howie: Space Oddity is different because it's a little more theater as far as performing goes.
Question: Is doing what you do with Space Oddity more or less difficult than what you do with a name act? Explain.
Howie: It can be more difficult because you trying to recreate the recorded experience. The name act can do what ever they feel; they can perform the songs just like the record, or do something different.
Question: Were you a Bowie fan to begin with, or did working with Space Oddity make you one? Explain.
Howie: I have always been a Bowie fan since I saw his last tour as Ziggy Stardust (in 1973). This performance would change my musical life forever. Mick Ronson became the ultimate Guitar Hero, and would influence my guitar playing forever!
Question: How did or do you prepare for your role with Space Oddity? Explain the process.
I don't want to come off like a self indulgent guitar player, so
Question: Do you view yourself as a player or as an impersonator with the act?
Howie: I see myself as a player but I'm paying tribute to some of my favorite guitarists, performing songs by such a brilliant artist as Bowie.
Question: What is your opinion of the whole Tribute phenomenon?
Howie: I used to think the Tribute thing was silly and lame. I now view the Tribute phenomenon very differently; I see all these bands performing with so much love and passion. This is great for an audience that can't afford to see the "Real Acts." Some of them are no longer in existence, and some of them can't perform like they used to. Both the performers and audience share a mutual love for the music.
Question: Why do you think the public is fascinated by impersonator acts?
Howie: I think it’s a little like the Theater, they just want to see and hear a good show.
Question: Are you interested in any other tribute acts besides Space Oddity?
Howie: It might be interesting to see a Moody Blues or an Emerson Lake and Palmer tribute.
Question: What do you think sets Space Oddity apart from other tribute acts and why?
Howie: Space Oddity has incredible musicians and David Brighton does a brilliant Bowie.... and doing Bowie is a tall order!
Question: What do you think separates a good tribute act or celebrity impersonator from a better or even a great one?
Howie: How much a performer gives of him or herself to the performance. It’s all about passion and a lot of homework. Oh, and you have to have great band!
Question: What do you think of the people who come to your shows?
Howie: The people are great and many are very young, The age group is all over the map both old and young. Did I say old?
Question: Do you have any stalker fans?
Howie: No stalker fans as yet, but I'm working on it!
Question: Are you currently involved with any other acts or musical projects in addition to Space Oddity that you would you like people to know about?
Howie: I’m doing music all the time, you might catch me anywhere.
Question: What other career aspirations do you have?
Howie: I want to record and market some of my own material and collaborate with many of my friends. There is so much talent here in Southern Cal.
Question: What about personal aspirations?
Howie: I like to move in unexpected territory, keep moving forward.
Question: Anything you want to include that wasn't mentioned?
Howie: I really enjoy playing with the Space Oddity Band (they are awesome). I also see this as a personal opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest and most underrated rock guitarists of all time. The late great Mick Ronson who taught us to play simply and with as much soul and passion as one can possibly muster.
Mac Interview - October, 2004
with Tuesday Knight
Tuesday: I think that music and acting are equally my passions. When I do whatever one I choose, it is always 100 percent.
Question: VH-1 Television is doing a feature on you that will be aired soon. What can you tell us about it, and when will we be able to see it?
Tuesday: I think that the VH-1 thing will
air in May.
(Editor's note: the show first aired May 27th, 2003)
It should be fun. I really liked that they came to
see Toe Brights and check it out! That was cool.
(Editor's note: Tuesday is one of the owners of a popular jewelry line
called Toe Brights... click here
to check out their website)
Question: What is it like working with some of the biggest names in the business? Are you tight with people like Drew Barrymore or Robert De Niro?
Tuesday: I have some friends that are quite popular. Do I stay in touch? In Hollywood? Geez, I guess as much as you can with really famous people. Yes, I am friends with Drew and Bob and lots of others but hey, the list is too long!
Question: What has your favorite acting role been to date? And what was the most demanding?
Tuesday: My most demanding role was
Theory of the Leisure Class because I played a part that was nothing
like me. I guess that isn't true, but it was an extremely hard role and
certainly the most challenging. It was released on video last Tuesday.
Question: Is there a web site people can visit that focuses on your acting career?
Yes ... a new site for me is
Question: How did you become a part of Space Oddity, the Bowie tribute act?
Tuesday: I became a part of Space Oddity because I made it my destiny!! I went to see them perform at the House of Blues with my friend Steve Landes, who is also great friends with David, and I saw David up there and went insane! First off, he is so f'...n beautiful. And then he came out in that Thin White Duke outfit and just killed me! I said to Steve "I will be in that band, I want to sing with him!!!!!!!!!!!" (Editor's note: Steve portrays John Lennon in RAIN, one of the world's best known Beatles Tribute acts)
Question: How does a group of musicians prepare to do an act like Space Oddity? It must be an enormous amount of work to flawlessly recreate every note and every mannerism live on stage.
Tuesday: It is a lot of work!!! We really
study the CDs and the videos. David wants everything to be perfect...
Question: The Space Oddity band members exhibit a genuine sense of camaraderie on stage. First, there's David and "Mick's" "Let's give it to 'em" Jagger and Richards type dynamic as Bowie and Ronson. You are another key personality... particularly during your duets with David. The electricity between the two of you when you're trading vocal lines on songs like Knock On Wood is incredible. How would you describe the chemistry you two have?
Tuesday: It's like the sex you never had!
Here in front of me is this gorgeous man, I mean please... we sing... we
throttle... we crawl... it is really cool. There is just a total magic
between us and for those moments when I'm with him on stage singing
together he is MINE ALL MINE!
Question: You do look very comfortable with each other up there. How long have you known each other?
It turns out that I have known Davey for about a
hundred years! Actually I met him years and years ago when he played
with Quiet Riot, we weren't close then, but now WE ARE!!!!!! So we met
again all these years later after seeing the show at the House Of
Blues. I am so blessed to have him in my life.
Question: What is your relationship?…. Are you good friends?
Tuesday: We love each other, we are each other's everything. That is the only way to explain it! As I said I have known him for years, but only in the last two or three years we have really become close. We are such great friends. Love, Love, Love!
Question: People no doubt ask you and the other members of Space Oddity if you write and record your own material.
Tuesday: We do that very well. Everybody is very talented.
Question: What are you currently up to in the realm of songwriting?
Tuesday: Not much.. I will let you know!
Question: Are there any plans for the Space Oddity band to do original material together?
Tuesday: I am not sure about that. That would be the master's call.
Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a part of Space Oddity?
Tuesday: Looking at David Brighton! No, I mean YES... but aaaaaalso I love the music, I love David Bowie, and I love to sing whenever I have the chance! Also I love being in a band where I am not the front guy!!
Question: The Bowie act is a very theatrical/musical experience. It requires a high level of musicianship and a considerable amount of stagecraft on the parts of all of the players. Besides your musical duties, how do you view your role in the act?
Tuesday: I think that it is all about what I am doing to support the act. I think as long as I'm in the right era, I'll do ok!
Question: How much do you draw from your acting background in terms of what you bring to the table for the show? What kind of performance skills do you think are necessary to be a part of an act like this?
Tuesday: I think that you have to be somewhat of an actor to pull any of this off. It is a show with acting. It just all comes naturally to me. I don't even think about it.
Question: Was it difficult for David to find people such as yourself and the other band members, who are not only very proficient musically but understand how to handle themselves on stage as well?
Tuesday: I think that it is always difficult to find good players, no matter what your trip is. Everybody is out for the dollar. And finding a musician who can perform well and play well is rare. I think those who do excel in both areas are exceptional. I think that people know right away with David that they are getting the real thing (No pun intended). He is exceptionally talented. He has done so many projects...he is well seasoned for sure. I think that players would only be lacking in their horizons if they didn't work with David.
Question: What do you think of the whole tribute band phenomenon? Some people love it, some hate it.
Tuesday: I have to admit that I do like tribute bands when they are done perfectly!
Question: If you weren't involved with Space Oddity, would your opinion be different?
Tuesday: If I wasn't involved with Space
Oddity, I would get involved!!!
Tuesday: No. No backlash that I know of! And if there is any I hope I don't hear it.
Question: Are you single?
Tuesday: Yes I am single at this time...
But let's not go there!
Tuesday: You're welcome!
(Taken from Wild Side Magazine May 2003)
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