|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club 11/12/15|
On Friday night I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Duff, founding member of iconic Aussie band Kush, perform his riveting tribute show to the same artist, at Caravan Music Club.
A consummate showman and entertainer, Jeff Duff channelled the spirit of Bowie through two sets and twenty four songs.
The show started with the recorded soundtrack of the opening sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss) and the band – Jak Housden (guitar), Glenn Rhodes (keyboard) and Jess Cianti (drums) – climbed onstage dressed in white space suits and took up/sat behind their instruments.
In his first (of six) costume of the night, Jeff Duff entered dressed in a sparkling gold suit, fitted with angel wings and launched into a medley of Starman and Ziggy Stardust with a snippet of Ashes To Ashes thrown in.
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 1|
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 2|
|Jak Housden in space suit singing Oh You Pretty Things|
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 3|
After the break there followed ten more songs that included Heroes, Golden Years, 1984, Rebel, Rebel and a great cover of Lou Reed’s classic Walk On The Wild Side, which song always reminds me of my long departed dog Arabel, who used to howl along with the coloured girls going doo, doo, doo...
The audience were encouraged to sing the doo, doo, doo bit, which they did with enthusiasm.
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 4|
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 5|
I dare say I’ll have the whole back catalogue of David Bowie songs on my brain for another month.
|Jeff Duff live at Caravan Music Club – costume 6|
I really regret that I missed going to see the David Bowie exhibition at Melbourne ACMI when it was on. It’s decades since I’ve listened to his music. Latterly his songs can be heard with a fresh ear, eons after hearing the originals, and although familiar come with a new awareness of the uniqueness of his artistic output.
- Ziggy Stardust
- China Girl
- Space Oddity
- Life On Mars
- Oh, You Pretty Things
- Modern Love
- Under Pressure
- Young Americans
- Wild Is The Wind
- Walk On The Wild Side
- ? (sung by Jak Housden)
- Rebel, Rebel
- Golden Years
- Jean Genie
- Let’s Dance
- Suffragette City
- All The Young Dudes
- Livin' On Easy Street
- MacArthur Park