Musical Notes – May 17

A few musical notes about David Bowie, the Eagles, and ZZ Top.

Musical Notes

David Bowie:
The fundraising group in Brighton failed to raise the funding for their giant Ziggy Stardust Lightning Bolt designed to honour music legend David Bowie.

But Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire has not only found the funding, via grants and crowdfunding, to erect a tribute to the Hall of Fame rocker and is in the process of beginning to install the sculpture. While the entire installation will completed until next March, the city will unveil the artwork later this year.

Once the installation has been completed, it will include a set of speakers that will play one of Bowie’s songs. One of 2,000 songs will be played each hour.

Titled Earthly Messenger, the bronze sculpture features Bowie in a variety of his personas.

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire is the site where Bowie first performed Ziggy Stardust. Created by Andrew Sinclair, the sculpture is being installed under the arches of Market Square – a place mentioned by Bowie in his song “Five Years”. In 1971 Bowie gave the world premiere of “Hunky Dory” in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and returned four months later for another performance…this time featuring many of the songs from “Ziggy Stardust”.

The Eagles:
When Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey died last year there was much speculation as to whether the band would ever tour again or, in fact, perform as a band.

While the guys banded together on the stage at the annual Grammy Awards to pay tribute to their fallen leader, there was not much hope from Eagle fans that they would ever see the band together again.

Not only have The Eagles come together to perform again, there will once again be a Frey playing the guitar. Glenn’s son Deacon is taking over the spot left empty by his death.

Eagles co-founder Don Henley made the announcement during a Dallas radio interview; saying that he thinks Deacon filling in for Glenn is appropriate. Henley added, “I never planned on it coming out this way it’s my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive. Apparently people still want to hear them. I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue.”

The Eagles are set to perform at the Classic West Festival being held at Dodger Stadium on July 15 in Ls Angeles and the Classic East Festival scheduled for Citi Field on July 29 and 30 in New York City.

ZZ Top:
Rockers ZZ Top are re-releasing their first five albums…but only as a vinyl album boxed set. “Cinco in July” is set for a June 9 release.
The set includes their debut album “Cinco” that was released in 1971, “Rio Grande Mud”, “Tres Hombres” which became their first top 10 Billboard album, “Fandango”, and “Tejas”.

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