Bowie Plays Baal At Glastonbury… Better Yet, Doors Covers Anywhere

The genius writers at NME included this little prediction in its imagined music events for 2014:

April also brings the thrilling news that David Bowie is continuing his retirement u-turn with a headline slot at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. The internet is alive with rumours of what the Dame will play. A greatest hits set? Ziggy Stardust from start to finish? The Berlin trilogy in its entirety? As Sunday night comes around, the Thin White Duke marches on with his whole face obscured by a square bit of white cardboard sellotaped to his nose and performs 1982’s ‘Baal’ EP and nothing else.”

Ok, all jokes aside. If Bowie were to play Glastonbury… if he were to play anywhere, what would be the ideal set? I’ve said it before, but I still have this fantasy of seeing him play a set of Doors covers, even if his voice isn’t low enough, even if it doesn’t quite fit, even if it’s just me who would enjoy it. That would be enough for me. Doors only, no Bowie, especially since we lost Ray Manzarek this year. But if I had to choose, say, 15 Bowie songs to round out the evening… what would they be?

In case David’s listening. Looking for ideas. Start with Doors, then an eclectic mix of Bowie songs, maybe… something like this…

  1. Waiting for the Sun
  2. People are Strange
  3. Soul Kitchen
  4. Peace Frog
  5. Break on Through
  6. The Crystal Ship
  7. The End
  8. Diamond Dogs
  9. Seven Years In Tibet
  10. If I’m Dreaming My Life
  11. The Secret Life of Arabia
  12. Hallo Spaceboy
  13. Heathen (The Rays)
  14. Always Crashing in the Same Car
  15. Quicksand
  16. Lady Stardust
  17. Boys Keep Swinging
  18. Glass Spider
  19. Zeroes
  20. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
  21. The Informer
  22. Ziggy Stardust

Glass Spider would, of course, include the lengthy voiceover about the spider and her multi-layered, alter-like web and the terrified spider babies looking for their mother.

Come on… wouldn’t that be a great show?

Well. We (I) can dream.