Look At The Moon! (Live Phoenix Festival 97) cover artworkRecorded: 20 July 1997

Released: 12 February 2020

Personnel

David Bowie: vocals, guitar, saxophone
Reeves Gabrels: guitars, synthesisers, vocals
Mike Garson: piano, keyboards, synthesisers
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
Zachary Alford: drums

Tracklisting

Look At The Moon! (Live Phoenix Festival 97) was the fourth of six David Bowie live albums released in 2020-1, all of which were recorded in the 1990s.

The Phoenix Festival was held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon, England, from 1993 to 1997. Bowie headlined the opening Thursday night on 18 July 1996, but logistical problems meant that many fans missed his performance.

Bowie, touring the Earthling album, was booked to close the following year’s event on Sunday 20 July 1997. However, he and his band played a secret gig at the BBC Radio 1 Dance Tent the night before, under the name The Tao Jones Index. They played seven songs: ‘I’m Deranged’, ‘Pallas Athena’, ‘V-2 Schneider’, ‘O Superman’, ‘The Last Thing You Should Do’, ‘Dead Man Walking’, and ‘Fame’.

The recordings of ‘Pallas Athena’ and ‘V-2 Schneider’ were released in 1997 as a limited edition 12″ single, also under the name The Tao Jones Index, and were included on the 2020 reissue of liveandwell.com.

During his headline set on the Sunday, Bowie performed an 18-song set, opening with ‘Quicksand’ from 1971’s Hunky Dory. The main set closed with ‘Little Wonder’, and was followed with encores of ‘Dead Man Walking’, covers of the Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light/White Heat’ and Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’, and finishing with ‘Stay’ from Station To Station.

David Bowie requested some odd items on his Phoenix rider but came close to not getting a few. An urgent, eleventh-hour delivery of his bullworker and carrot juicer required a dash through the arena in a golf cart – not a problem until a plucky punter nicked the cart from under the nose of the briefly distracted driver. A Benny Hill-style chase ended when the man dumped the cart and ran off into the crowd. Adding insult to injury, three girls spotted the key still in the cart and ram-raided the cigarette stall.
Neil Pengelly, promoter
Q magazine, February 1998

The release

In June 2020 the David Bowie estate announced the launch of Brilliant Live Adventures (1995-1999), a box set containing six live albums recorded during Bowie’s three tours in the 1990s.

Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95) was followed by No Trendy Réchauffé (Live Birmingham 95) and a reissue of liveandwell.com.

Look At The Moon! (Live Phoenix Festival 97) was the fourth of the six Brilliant Live Adventures releases. It was announced on Friday 29 January 2021 and went on sale the same day, ahead of its 12 February release.

As with the other Brilliant Live Adventures releases, 6,000 compact disc and 4,000 vinyl editions were made available. The vinyl edition of Look At The Moon! sold out within two hours.

Look At The Moon! was longer than the previous Brilliant Live Adventures, and was released as two-CD and triple vinyl sets.

Press release

DAVID BOWIE ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’ (1995-1999) – A SERIES OF SIX LIVE ALBUMS FROM THE 1990s

AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY VIA THE DAVID BOWIE OFFICIAL STORE & WARNER MUSIC GROUP’S DIG! STORE

‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’ PART 4 ‘LOOK AT THE MOON! (LIVE PHOENIX FESTIVAL 97)’ TO BE RELEASED ON 2xCD AND 3xLP 12th FEBRUARY

Parlophone Records is proud to announce further details for DAVID BOWIE ‘BRILLIANT LIVE ADVENTURES’, a series of six live albums from the 1990s being released on vinyl and CD as limited one run only pressings.

The fourth in the series, to be released 12th February on double CD and triple vinyl, is LOOK AT THE MOON! (LIVE PHOENIX FESTIVAL 97). Recorded live at The Phoenix Festival, Long Marston, England on 20th July, 1997, LOOK AT THE MOON! features such previously unreleased rarities as a cover of Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’, which the band had also played at their secret show as ‘The Tao Jones Index’ show at the festival the previous day.

LOOK AT THE MOON! by David Bowie; David Bowie – vocals, guitar, saxophone, Zachary Alford – drums, Gail Ann Dorsey – bass, vocals, lead vocal on ‘O Superman’, keyboards, Reeves Gabrels – guitars, synthesisers, vocals, musical director, Mike Garson – piano, keyboards, synthesisers.

DAVID BOWIE – LOOK AT THE MOON! (LIVE PHOENIX FESTIVAL 97) IS AVAILABLE ON ISO RECORDS/PARLOPHONE RECORDS 12th FEBRUARY ON 2xCD AND 3xLP