Live: BBC Radio Theatre, London

David Bowie performed a special concert at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, London, on 27 June 2000.

It was recorded two days after Bowie’s headline set at the Glastonbury Festival, and was before an invited audience of mostly BowieNet members.

Email invitation to David Bowie's BBC Radio Theatre concert, 27 June 2000

The show was broadcast on BBC Radio 1, and later on television. It was also issued as a bonus disc, titled BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000, as part of the limited edition 3xCD Bowie At The Beeb set, released on 26 September 2000.

Bowie’s band was Earl Slick on guitar, Mark Plati on guitar and bass, Mike Garson on piano and keyboards, Gail Ann Dorsey on bass guitar, guitar and vocals, Sterling Campbell on drums, Emm Gryner on vocals and keyboards, and Holly Palmer on vocals and percussion.

They recorded 22 different songs. Bowie forgot the lyrics during ‘Ziggy Stardust’, which was performed twice, the first incomplete. There was also a truncated ‘All The Young Dudes’ followed by and an instrumental version of ‘The Jean Genie’, while Bowie dealt with “a tickle in my throat” – he was suffering from laryngitis and bronchitis at the time.

* Not broadcast
** Exclusive to limited edition 3xCD Bowie At The Beeb set, 26 September 2000
*** Added to 2021 reissue

BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 was reissued in 2021 as part of the Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) box set. It contained five bonus tracks: ‘The London Boys’, ‘I Dig Everything’, ‘All The Young Dudes’, “Starman’, and “Heroes”.

BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 cover artwork

Last updated: 22 November 2023
Live: Glastonbury Festival
Alexandria Jones is born
Also on this day...

Want more? Visit the David Bowie history section.

Leave a Reply