Mr David Bowie
1st February 2016
Such a long time since my last newsletter. I hope that 2016 is treating you all well thus far.
2015 finished on a high with the 35 years tour. Breaking Glass back on the big screen and a sell out performance at the Chapel in London. Who'd have thought it 35 years later? Thank you all for coming along and for your support. You made us feel very special.
The new year seems to have taken many of our favourite artists from us. So many people that have touched our lives and are now gone. As with many of you, I was numbed by the passing of Mr David Bowie, a great influence in my life. I posted my memories of the starman on facebook and I have copied them into this newsletter incase you have not already read them. Wherever our heroes are now, i hope that their onward journey is a good one.
The dog training is finally paying off and the young ones, Lola and Diva, are slowly calming down. Well, sometimes..... unusually, the other day I managed to sleep in for an extra hour. When I got up to let them out, it looked like it had been snowing in the house. Diva, in her disapproval at my late rising, decided to rip her bed to shreds. There was white foam everywhere. How on earth is there so much foam in one little dog bed? Oh Diva, she's certainly living up to her name. On the other hand though, old guy Ross is getting frail and not well. The vet says his time is limited, so feeling sad knowing that the day I will have to say goodbye is looming ever nearer.
On a more positive note, the new "An Evening with........" 2016 tour is looking good. The first date at the Black Box in Belfast sold out really quickly and was a fabulous night for us gals. Belfast, you rocked! So looking forward to getting out on the road to see you all. The tour continues next week in Wales. All dates and links are at the bottom of the page. Three of them are already sold out and another three are almost gone. Wow, such an amazing response, thank you all! Scotland - we haven't forgot you, we are trying for dates with you, its hard, but we'll get there.
Time to take the dogs out - don't want to spend the evening cleaning up foam again,
Wishing everyone health, happiness, and plenty of sunshine for 2016,
Love from Hazel x
Memories of David Bowie
Almost a week ago, the world learnt that the inspiration of generations of songwriters musicians and performance artists had left us. So shocked by the sad news, these are my memories of Mr David Bowie.
I first met David when I was filming Breaking Glass. Tony Visconti who was producing the album knew that I was a big fan and invited me down to his Good Earth studios in Soho to meet him. While we were chatting, David turned to me and asked, "I hear you cut Tony's hair, could you give me a haircut?". Yeah! How could I refuse the chance of cutting my hero's hair? So, with the office shears and a dirty tea cloth draped over his shoulders, I shakily obliged him.
I bumped into him, literally, some weeks later when he came to a private screening of Breaking Glass. I came into screening room a tad late and in the total darkness I stumbled over someone's feet. When i looked up it was David. After the screening we all went to the pub together and he said he would come see a gig of mine a few weeks later when I was supporting Iggy Pop.
So, a few weeks later, he came to see me at the Camden Palace. I felt so proud. It was the first time in my life ever that I played Will You live. I thought the song was too soppy but it went down a storm and I was bursting with happiness that Bowie, the king, had bothered to come to see me play.
Soon after, I became crazy famous and found it hard to deal with. We met up again at a charity function and he gave me pearls of wisdom. "Look Hazel, you can bet that all these people know more about you than you do about them. So even the playing field and find out about them. Simple stuff like, what's your name? Your job? Your hopes? etc". I have done that ever since, and fanlike behaviour never frightened me again!
The next time I met him was July 1985 at Live Aid in Wembley Stadium where my pal and co player Clare Hirst was playing saxophone in his band. He was sweet and personable as always.
Several years later, Cormac De barra and I flew to New York to record with Tony Visconti for our Beyond Breaking Glass show. Tony took us straight from the plane to go see a Placebo concert where David was going to do a guest appearance with them. After the gig we had a hug and a hello. He had now married his lovely wife Iman and I wished him all happiness. I think he found it.
Finally, i saw him was about 10 years ago at a concert at the 02 Dublin. My first manager Alan Edwards was there and was now Davids publicity agent, as was my road manager Frankie who was now his road manager. I can't remember if we said hello, I was so excited to see my old team there now with the king. That was my last time and, like Clare Hirst said to me yesterday, "I always thought I'd see him again", and so did I. Now all his songs are whizzing through my head daily as they are for zillions of people around the world.
Such a loss to us all but his legacy lives on and his work will continue to inspire us.
Shine on Starman x
An Evening with 2016 TOUR DATES
Two separate live sets followed by a meet and greet.
FEB 05 THEATR MWLDAN - Cardigan, UK !!!!! JUST FEW TICKETS LEFT !!!!!
FEB 06 WYESIDE ARTS - Builth Wells, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 03 SWINDON ARTS CENTRE - Swindon, UK !!!!! JUST FEW TICKETS LEFT !!!!!
MAR 04 STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE - Stamford, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 05 CIVIC ARTS CENTRE - Oswaldtwistle, UK
MAR 06 WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE - Sale, UK
MAR 08 TELFORDS - Chester, UK
MAR 09 PAVILLION ARTS CENTRE - Buxton, UK
MAR 10 CITADEL - St Helens, UK
MAR 11 VILLAGE HALL - Lowdham, UK ***** SOLD OUT *****
MAR 12 GEORGIAN THEATRE ROYAL - Richmond, UK
MAR 13 GREYSTONES - Sheffield, UK
APR 02 OLD MARKET - Brighton, UK
APR 03 McMILLAN THEATRE - Bridgewater, UK
APR 07 ROBIN 2 - Wolverhampton, UK
APR 08 ST JOHN'S CHURCH - Farncombe, UK
APR 09 SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS - Stroud, UK
APR 10 SQUARE and COMPASS - Ilminster, UK
MAY 04 NEW THEATRE ROYAL - Portsmouth, UK
MAY 06 THE LIGHTS - Andover, UK
MAY 07 WINDLESHAM THEATRE - Windlesham, UK