27 January 2017
Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
On arrival at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall tonight we quickly took our seats as the fabulous opening number of The Bowie Experience, Space Oddity was just about to start. This fine performance set the scene for the rest of the show, great music & rousing choruses played to a packed audience.
Lead singer Laurence Knight celebrates the music of the great David Bowie in fine style backed by a 7 piece band, all of which are brilliant musicians. Tim Wedlake hits the mark early on with a superb solo guitar section, backed by Paul Gill on drums it showed just how much the Bowie tracks are based on good old fashioned rock music.
The show is great value for money as the hits roll out one after the other in the first half with very little talking or audience interaction. Life on Mars, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Jean Genie and Sorrow were just a few of the songs performed and with the audience already up on their feet the first half ended with the upbeat track, Rebel Rebel.
After a short interval Laurence was back with another selection of hits, many from the eighties such as Fashion, Ashes to Ashes, China Girl, Modern Love, and Heroes. One of the highlights was the duet of Under Pressure with the superb vocal talent of Charlotte Elizabeth Talbot, I don’t think there was a single person still sitting in their seats after the duo’s brilliant performance. I must also mention the amazing saxophone playing from Emily Westwood, a fantastic musician that really brought the music of Bowie alive. The show ended with All The Young Dudes, maybe not the most well-known Bowie track but a fitting ending as it was written by David Bowie back in the early 70’s before becoming a hit for Matt The Hoople.
Don’t expect a big flashy stage show at The Bowie Experience, it is all about the music of Bowie played by a superb range of musicians. The show has real feel good factor and makes a fantastic night out at the end of a hard week.
We saw them at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall where the acoustics where brilliant, bar well stocked and smartly renovated and a multi storey parking lot right next door. The Bowie Experience will be back at Tunbridge Wells in January next year but in the meantime check out their website to see where they are touring near you.
For more information and tour dates visit www.thebowiexperience.co.uk.
For other shows at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613