REVIEW: Live on Mars

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Production: Live on Mars

Venue: Buxton Opera House
Date: 23/11/2018
4/5 Stars

The Concept:

Following its hugely successful tour in 2017, Live on Mars returns to continue its amazing journey celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music,artistry, style and showmanship…

Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live on Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with elements of mime, dance, and stunning big screen visuals and animation.

Featuring the electrifying vocals and uncanny likeness of singer and lifelong Bowie fan Alex Thomas, with a hand picked world-class band, and covering the Bowie back-catalogue from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance and everything in between, Live on Mars is sure to become the definitive show that all generations of Bowie fans have been waiting for.

So express your inner space oddities in makeup and costume, and join us to become part of the Live on Mars experience!

Setlist includes: The Jean Genie, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Ashes to Ashes, All The Young Dudes, Let’s Dance, The Man Who Sold The World, Changes, China Girl, Fashion, Moonage Daydream, Fame, Starman, Rebel Rebel, Sound & Vision, Modern Loveand Young Americans.

(Source: https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/life-on-mars-a-tribute-to-david-bowie)

The Successes:

 You know this is a good night out when people are dancing in the aisles – and they were – in convoy. The songs were well remembered and the band were full of enthusiasm for the music they were playing.

Lead singer, Alex Thomas, clearly a fan of Bowie, and although emulating Bowie, was not mimicking him. You heard Bowie echo in his voice but were under the impression Thomas was respectfully playing his part in keeping the legend of Bowie alive. The audience loved it –even lapped it up. People were singing along, dancing in the aisles and gave an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end for the love of Bowie and for the love of the music made that night.

The Setbacks: Very little to complain about. The backscreen showed lovely images of Bowie, interviews and all the drawings parts(especially when Changes was playing) was gorgeous but the graphics during Fame was all different versions of Bowie and the photos morphed from one to another.I didn’t think the morphing really worked and ended up looking slightly amateurish. To be fair, that isn’t much to complain about. The lights were great and most of the videos really worked as well as the music/band being fantastic.

Final Thoughts: Loved it! What a great experience for the audience! Definitely a must see!

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