Is this the best-known footage of David Bowie performing ‘Heroes’ live?
As you loyal Far Out readers know all too well, we like to get our hands dirty every now and then and scour the archives for some rock and roll gold. Today, it would seem, we have hit the jackpot.
David Bowie, wrapping up European stint of his now-iconic Isolar II in 1978, performed a monster a three-night residency at London’s Earls Court in late June and early July to wide critical acclaim.
The song, co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, was famously produced by Tony Visconti in the shadows of the Berlin Wall back in 1977. A year later, while touring the record, the Starman himself used the track as the second song of his momentous performance in London.
The show was professionally shot at the time by filmmaker David Hemmings but Bowie, typically meticulous about his creative vision, remained unsatisfied by the end result: “I simply didn’t like the way it had been shot,” Bowie said in an interview in 2000.
He added: “Now, of course, it looks pretty good and I would suspect that it would make it out some time in the future.”