Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Article: One More Night At The Vet For Bowie's 'Glass Spider'

One More Night At The Vet For Bowie's 'Glass Spider'
By David Hiltbrand, Special to The Inquirer
Posted: July 31, 1987

David Bowie closes out tonight his two-night stand at Veterans Stadium with Squeeze and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers. This engagement is launching the American leg of Bowie's "Glass Spider Tour," the most elaborate "rock theater" concept Bowie (or anyone else) has ever come up with.

The concert is structured around a stage set that weighs 360 tons. Clothed in a brilliant red suit, Bowie opens the show by descending on a thread from a giant spider that hovers 100 feet above the stage. I can say no more, except that there are multiple costume changes and a gaggle of dancers choreographed by Toni Basil.

Bowie, rock's most inventive and mercurial figure, hasn't skimped on the music. There are seven songs from his latest album, Never Let Me Down, as well as familiar favorites like "Heroes," "Fashion" and "China Girl." The band is composed of guitarists Carlos Alomar and Peter Frampton, bass player Carmine Rojas, keyboardists Erdal Kizilcay and Richard Cottle, and drummer Allen Childs.

Squeeze is one of the most engaging bands to emerge from England in the last decade. Credit the compositions of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook such as "Tempted" and "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)."

Between his Nordic looks and the guitar style of his music, Tommy Conwell could well be called Rockabilly Idol. This local boy is going places fast. Catch him while you can.

David Bowie, Squeeze, and Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, at Veterans Stadium, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, tonight at 6:45. Tickets: $21. Information: 569-9416.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rumble Advertisement

A 1988 music magazine advertisement promoting 'Rumble' by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers. 

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Rock the Joint - Gloucester City

"Rock the Joint" with Tommy Conwell on July 14 in Gloucester City, New Jersey! Tommy will be performing from 2-3 pm at a concert event honoring one of the first and original rock 'n' rollers, Bill Haley. 
Other musical appearances will include Bill Haley's Original Comets, Charlie Gracie and Full Blown Cherry.

The free rockabilly concert at the corner of Broadway and Market Street, outside Jack's Bar and Grill, will celebrate Gloucester City's claim to fame as rock's birthplace.

It is hoped that the the link to Haley, who in 1955 had the genre's first big hit with "Rock Around the Clock," will boost the city's profile -- and help economic-revival efforts. 

For 18 months in 1951 and 1952, Haley and his country band, the Saddlemen, played at Jack's when it was the Twin Bar, mixing country and western with rhythm and blues. City officials have declared this riverfront community to be the birthplace of rock 'n' roll and the outdoor concert to draw attention to their claim.