Subscribe to our newsletter


Watch David Bowie perform his 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' set live


As part of an annual Christmas concert run by the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, David Bowie got himself in the festive mood back in 1997.

The festival, which started as a one-day event and called the KROQ Xmas Bash, evolved into a monster, which has since spread into two days, and boasts some of the most popular alternative rock bands and singers.

In 1997, after Jane’s Addiction, No Doubt, Beck, Rancid, Fiona Apple and more performed on the first night of the event, anticipation had built as the second night headliner, the great David Bowie, was readying himself for the stage.

After Green Day and Portishead performed earlier that day, Bowie took to the stage to eight-song set which saw him open with ‘The Jean Genie’ and rolled into ‘Panic In Detroit’ ‘Fame’ and more.

The performance would later be packaged into a rare edition vinyl release which was limited to 500 numbered copies, pressed onto coke bottle green 250gram vinyl.

See the live performance and setlist, below.

David Bowie ‘Almost Acoustic Christmas’ setlist:

  • ‘The Jean Genie’
  • ‘Panic in Detroit’
  • ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’
  • ‘The Man Who Sold The World’
  • ‘Fame’
  • ‘Fashion’
  • ‘Scary Monsters’
  • ‘Little Wonder’