David Bowie

The Elysée Montmartre

Paris, FR

Oct 14, 1999

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Show Notes

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) is the fifth of six live albums forming Brilliant Live Adventures.

The 15-track live album, features 12 previously unissued recordings (outside of streaming) and three tracks used as B-sides for singles from the ‘hours…’ album. The day of the show was a momentous one for Bowie, as that afternoon he was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honour that France can bestow.

The Elysee Montmartre performance was one of only seven full shows performed during the promotion of the ‘hours…’ album. For this special limited run of gigs Bowie dug deep into his back catalogue making these shows particularly memorable. Standout tracks include ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ first released in 1966 and not performed live in over 30 years, 'Word On A Wing' from Station To Station was reinstated into the set after an absence of 23 years, 'Drive-In Saturday' had not been performed since 1974, and ‘hours…’ track 'Something In The Air' made it’s live debut at this performance.

The album was recorded live at the Elysée Monmartre, mixed by Mark Plati, and features Page Hamilton - guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey - bass, vocals, Mark Plati – guitar, Sterling Campbell – drums, Mike Garson – piano, keyboards, synthesizers and Emm Gryner and Holly Palmer – backing vocals."


Magnifique 3/8/2024 4:53:37 PM

"I’m stunned by the beauty of what I just heard"


Setlist at The Elysée Montmartre, Paris, FR on Oct 14, 1999

Set One

Life on Mars? 328


Thursday’s Child 337


Something In The Air 322


Word On A Wing 397


Can’t Help Thinking About Me 217


China Girl 245


Always Crashing In The Same Car 221


Survive 268


Drive-In Saturday 297


Changes 298


Seven 264


Repetition 221


I Can't Read 394


The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell 266


Rebel Rebel 253


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