The initial shock of David Bowie’s death is beginning to wear off, and I’ve been listening to a lot of his music, including some old bootlegs from some of the shows I’ve attended.
In 2000, I was in New York for the BowieNet show (and for the other two shows that weekend in June… although the Saturday one didn’t go ahead, due to Bowie having lost his voice). It was brilliant meeting all the people I’d talked to online from BowieNet and Teenage Wildlife, and I burned the candle at both ends.
But what I remember most about Bowie specifically is that during the concert (though which of the two, I can’t recall), after everyone had been waving at him, he looked my way, and I waved, just a small, short bend of the hand, one-two. And he waved back with one finger, one-two. And I laughed, and he grinned.
That’s about as close as I ever got to a ‘fan encounter’ with Bowie. I never met him; I was too nervous to even consider it, and at that time in my life, very shy. But just thinking about that moment still makes me smile. Bowie had that absolute gift of making each person feel special, and in that instant, when his gaze met mine, and he saw me, it was enough.
What a lovely, special memory!
It made my weekend 🙂 Along with everything else. Such a fun time.
Damn, you got me chocked up all over again! Awesome story! Was that the June 19th show? That was the only one I attended in 2000…
I think it was the 16th (that’s what Jan figures). Quite honestly, that whole weekend was such a thrill, it’s become a bit of a blur. I do remember that I was standing to the right of the stage (nearer to where Gail Ann Dorsey was), and I was with Helen (Lilith). 🙂