It seems only fitting to follow our story about the Tower Theater's upcoming Star Trek Concert with a Delco Tribute to the singer who created the most famous musical space traveler of all time... MAJOR TOM

CHECK OUT THIS Astronaut Space Tribute to Bowie

Major Tom was a fictional astronaut referenced in several of David Bowie's songs:  
Space Oddity
Ashes to Ashes
Hallo Spaceboy 
and Blackstar

But Bowie also had strong ties to Delaware County and the Tower Theater, where he not only performed, but also recorded his DAVID  LIVE album which included the iconic song "Changes"...which was also the very last song Bowie performed on stage before his retirement from live appearances at the end of 2006.




DID YOU KNOW:  The live version of "Changes" recorded at the Tower Theater is notable for Bowie singing the words "children that you s**t on" as opposed to "spit on."

Bowie and Jagger Duet At Live Aid

Listen to Bowie perform "Heroes" at Live Aid

Billed as the "global jukebox," Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA (attended by about 100,000 people). It was held July 13, 1985 and was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.

It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watching the live broadcast.

Bowie performed brilliantly, but one of the most memorable moments was his intercontinental duet of “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger. Since the tech wasn't available to let them sing together live, they filmed a video version that was broadcast simultaneously on the big screens at both Wembley Stadium and JFK,  as well as on TV for those at home.

Bowie and Jagger Duet Video at Live Aid Concert

Personal insights on Live Aid from our Executive Director Tore Fiore, Unit Production Manager at JFK...

"It was 100 degrees in the shade at JFK Stadium in South Philly: and still the greatest line by Jack Nicholson…….”We’re gonna hose ya down now”.

I was 33 years old and had spent 10 years in the broadcast industry before returning to college as a non-traditional student.  I get a call from a buddy of mine in New York telling me World Wide Sports and Entertainment is looking for a Unit Production Manager for Live Aid. And, was I interested?

I put a call into the west coast, discussed compensation for 2 months' work and told them to send me $10,000 in a cashier’s check for pre-production costs to get the ball rolling.  Responsibilities included logistics, payroll, per diem costs, set-up of support facilities and strike at end of show.

By the time the show was over, $100,000 had run through that account for out of pocket expenses.

Second best line: during cleanup, Jim, my Production Assistant, comes into my trailer and says;
'Tore, there’s 10 Grand still sitting in the safe.'

What did I do……took the money to the bank, made a deposit and wrote a check back to the company. I know what you were thinking!

Too many great memories and not enough space."