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DOWNLOAD: David Bowie - Changes (MP3)

Happy Birthday David Bowie! "David Robert Jones" was born on January 8, 1947. Today he's 60 years old, so the BBC listed sixty things about him

David Bowie

Back in May 2006 (when he was just 59) we found out that David's curating the May 2007 Inaugural HighLine Festival in NYC.

As part of the programming, Bowie will play a large outdoor concert, his first show in New York since 2003. He will also select musicians and artists to appear throughout the festival.[from here]
Since then, the HighLine Festival got its own website. I found out in message boards that the website at some point revealed the exact festival dates to be May 9-18 - and then May 9-19 (ten days!). Currently the website just reads "Coming May 2007".

It's public knowledge that Bowie loves The Secret Machines, TV on the Radio, and Arcade Fire, so it's no surprise that the rumors say "Arcade Fire and TV On The Radio are frontrunners to headline the event".

Will TV on the Radio and/or Arcade Fire actually play the event though? TV on the Radio just announced a big tour that doesn't include a NYC date, and they'll be home about 20 days before May 9th. Looks like the chances are good for TVOTR.

Arcade Fire ARE definitely playing multiple shows in NYC in May, but I don't have faith that any of those shows will actually be associated with the HighLine Festival. I think instead Arcade Fire will just play a few shows at a regular venue on their tour to support the new album. We'll have to wait to find out though - currently they've only announced the pre-tour special church shows.

[Do you have all three new/leaked Arcade Fire tracks yet (Intervention, Black Wave/Bad Vibrations, & Black Mirror)??]

So, who will play the 9-10 day Highline Festival besides Bowie, and possibly TV on the Radio, and less possibly Arcade Fire? Well, I can tell you with almost 100% certainty that David Bowie is bringing to NYC - an artist who I right-now want to see more than all of them - yes, it's the one and only Daniel Johnston...

DOWNLOAD: Daniel Johnston - Story of an Artist (MP3)

Daniel Johnston @ Emo's, Austin, TX | Dec 16, 2006 (CRED)
Daniel Johnston @ Emos

Those familiar will Daniel Johnston's career should know about Daniel's latest project Danny & The Nightmares. Those not familiar with Danny's career haven't seen the amazing documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. That is easily corrected. The cover looks like this:

Daniel Johnston

Danny and the Nightmares played a bunch of shows in Texas recently - that includes one at Rudyard's on New Years Eve, and one at Emo's on December 16th (maybe they'll play SXSW?). The pictures in this post are from the Emo's show...

Daniel Johnston @ Emo's, Austin, TX | Dec 16, 2006 (CRED)
Daniel Johnston @ Emos

Nothing against Danny and his Nightmares, but it looks like Bowie (a known Daniel Johnston fan) is indeed bringing Daniel to NYC in his actual, pure Johnston form - and for that I'll celebrate his 60th birthday extra hard this Sunday the 14th at the NYC Bowie Ball.

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Comments (34)

got its own website, not it's

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2007 10:51 AM

just the thought of Daniel Johnston coming to town is amazing. If this festival does in fact include Arcade Fire and TVOTR, plus Bowie himself.....holy shit is all i can say!

Posted by brassbonanza | January 8, 2007 11:07 AM

Happy Birthday Elvis.

TCB

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2007 11:11 AM

I've heard all 3 new Arcade Fire tracks. However, I'm going to defer to what Win Butler asked of the fans, to hear the album in its entirety before judging each of the individual songs.

That being said, out of the 3 songs, I think I like "Black Mirror" the most.

Any clue what venue(s) the Arcade Fire will play in NYC in May?

Posted by Dan | January 8, 2007 12:32 PM

yay for daniel johnston!

Posted by bryan | January 8, 2007 12:41 PM

Arcade Fire are DEFINITELY not playing Highline

Posted by Jeff | January 8, 2007 12:47 PM

"Any clue what venue(s) the Arcade Fire will play in NYC in May?"

either Hammerstein or the Theatre @ MSG...

?

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2007 1:37 PM

Yip! Jump for Daniel Johnston.

Posted by ryan - freshbread | January 8, 2007 1:52 PM

Awesome! This looks sweet. "I was living in a devil town".

Posted by Jo Jo | January 8, 2007 3:54 PM

Hopefully at the Church in February we can convince Arcade Fire how playing multiple new york shows is essential

Posted by Daniel | January 8, 2007 3:55 PM

d.johnston. beautiful.

Posted by cw | January 8, 2007 4:53 PM

daniel johnston looks like jon lovitz in that photo. that's all i have to add.

Posted by AC | January 8, 2007 5:54 PM

I can't wait to see Daniel play live...it's going to be so good

Posted by bernie | January 8, 2007 6:54 PM

If Bowie is running this gig then I wouldn't be surprised if The Pixies or Frank Black plays.

Posted by Useyourname | January 8, 2007 7:25 PM

You guys that are mooning over a Daniel Johnston show-be careful what you ask for-I saw him in Austin once and he was only able to do a couple of songs with the audience nicely encouraging him and then he apologized and ended the show. Hopefully he has gotten better since then, but a complete show from him is not a guarantee.

Posted by Charles | January 8, 2007 10:32 PM

^^ well-intentioned warning, but I think d. johnston fans totally understand & accept his capacity for live shows, and are more than willing to risk not getting a complete set by seeing him play.

Posted by cw | January 9, 2007 1:11 AM

^^ plus anyone who saw the documentary knows this

Posted by also | January 9, 2007 2:47 AM

I dig that pic from the "Heroes" tour...

Posted by derek steele | January 18, 2007 6:40 PM

Deerhoof confirms for Highline Festival.

ATP have been trying to book them and they rejected the offer as they were booked already for bowie's curated event.

Posted by rober | January 20, 2007 12:50 PM

Does anyone have any info on tickets; price, sold out? Second question, anyone know the exact date of the ten day festival that Daniel will be playing?

Posted by Thom S. | February 22, 2007 6:47 PM

I wish Bowie would play in England. My parents will never let me go to New York.
My dream is to see him play live.

Posted by Bowiefan#1 | March 1, 2007 10:37 AM

I hear a High Line (two words, people) Festival press release is due to drop this Wednesday. Stay tuned.

Posted by lisa | March 20, 2007 4:32 PM

Arcade Fire has been confirmed to headline May 9th.

Posted by Anonymous | March 23, 2007 6:48 PM

lisa, their own website has Highline as 1 word.

Posted by highline | March 23, 2007 7:03 PM

Awesome! This looks sweet.Good effort Thnaks.

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I wish Bowie would play in England. My parents will never let me go to New York.
My dream is to see him play live.

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