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GERRY LEONARD: the mouthcast

 
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GERRY LEONARD: the mouthcast

This entry was posted on Monday, March 4, 2013, in Interview, Mouthcast.

IT WAS A GREAT START TO 2013. TO SAY THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE WAS SOON TO BE A FIRST NEW DAVID BOWIE ALBUM FOR TEN YEARS TOOK MOST OF THE WORLD BY VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE WOULD BE A VAST UNDERSTATEMENT.

Only a handful of core Bowie People actually knew that he had been writing music and was working in the studio again, so close to his chest did he keep his (Oblique Strategies) cards.

Prior to the announcement in January (beautifully, on the 8th – a gift from him on his 66th birthday) it seemed as if Bowie had ’done a Garbo’, all but disappearing from even the narrowest view. It had been feared – and then generally accepted – that this most essential of 20th Century pop culture figures had finally closed out on an influential 35-year career, which had been littered with artistic stardust at (more-or-less) every stage, to settle down into some sort of reclusive pipe and (no doubt highly stylish) slippers retirement as a quietly middle-aged English Family Man in New York.

He was glimpsed only occasionally – brief guest spots with Arcade Fire and David Gilmour, both leaving the impression that New York’s gain was the world’s loss – and, of course, there were those cameos in Ricky Gervais’ EXTRAS and the Spongebob Squarepants movie, showing that Big Apple Bowie took ‘retirement’ far less seriously than that world did.

Stories of poor health had circulated following “a heart attack” during a concert in 2004, which curtailed the last few dates of what had been the extensive and enormously successful REALITY TOUR. One man who is able to add some perspective features in this very special new edition of The Mouthcast: guitarist Gerry Leonard was on stage with Bowie for every one of the hundred or so dates of that mammoth globetrot.

Leonard first began working with Bowie on the (ditched) album TOY in the early 2000s, before becoming his Musical Director and helming a tight and terrific band through the critically acclaimed albums HEATHEN (2001), REALITY (2003) and, now, THE NEXT DAY (on which he has co-written BOSS OF ME). This most versatile and inventive of musicians has released two solo albums (as Spookyghost), worked with an impressive succession of high-level artists including Roger Waters, Rufus Wainwright and Laurie Anderson, and is the ‘other half’ of Suzanne Vega’s regular touring duo, his atmospheric contributions to her lyrical folk-spinning also recorded for posterity on the recent four album series CLOSE UP.

Leonard (on the telephone from Washington DC the morning after one of the final dates on the current Suzanne Vega tour) talks briefly to The Mouth Magazine about his work with Vega and extensively about his time with Bowie, revealing how a short e-mail with the subject line “Schtum!” signalled the sun rising on the start of THE NEXT DAY…

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