Spirit Of Ziggy Stardust Show - 70s Tribute Band | Weymouth, South West(1 Review)
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Bowie turned us on. Ziggy broke the mould. The Dogz play songs from the Ziggy era and beyond, without being a tribute. This is a rock band with a front man who was there ... in a band with David Bowie or should we say ZIGGY STARDUST’S original drummer Spider From Mars - Woody Woodmansey called U-Boat. With a mind of his own he leads the Dogz into his interpretations of some of the finest songs ever written as a performer, Phil rocks-out with the Spirit of Bowie Show featuring Phil Murray's theDOGZ
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Now at the top of his game, Phil Murray began serious performing in 196 ... 8.
He achieved his first success in U-Boat, with Spider from Mars Woody Woodmansey, during the seventies, before becoming Mickie Most’s prediction for stardom in the eighties. “From Newcastle, I gave you The Animals in the sixties, and now I present another Geordie, and predict the 80s as Phil Murray’s decade!”
Phil was renamed Blackie by Mickie, because of his long dark hair, and appeared on RAK Records with Suzi Q, Hot Chocolate, Smokie, Racey and Exile, along with two of his own records, Making A Bad Boy Good, written by Alan Tarney at the same time as he wrote We Don’t Talk Anymore for Cliff, and For Your Love, written by Gloria Macari for Suzi Quatro, but nabbed by Mickie at the last minute for Phil.
Three albums and numerous singles on, Phil returned to his love of that magical David Bowie time period of the early seventies, to perform nationwide, the Spirit of Ziggy Stardust show with his band The Diamond Dogz.
Phil recently had two songs included on the new Bowie tribute album The Many Faces Of David Bowie, along with Mike Garson, Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter.
Reviews (1 Review)
Rating 6/6 : Brilliant Diamond Geezers [The Old Bell, Enfield] on Fri 13th Feb 2015
Sometimes you witness an act appearing in a pub who are just head and shoulders above other performers and Phil Murray's Diamond Dogz are just the kind of act I'm talking about. By no stretch of the imagination are they 'just a pub band', but rather the kind of act rock fans will happily travel miles to see in a concert hall. This rock trio simply ooze class and professionalism from the outset.
The two guitarists, Phil on lead, and Ilbert Stubbs, on bass, stand with their backs to the audience as Beethoven's ... music from the film "A Clockwork Orange" blasts out, turning in perfect timing for the opening number "Five Years" (the first of many David Bowie numbers during the evening) in which frontman Phil delivers the lyrics in truly effective Bowie-esque style, exuding all the necessary stage presence commanded by Bowie himself, together with the added benefit of excellent diction.
Although they are often billed as a Bowie tribute act, these guys are not afraid to tackle other Glam Rock hits from the sensational seventies and, for the second number, they launch into the Sweet's pounding "Fox On The Run", before returning to Bowie for two of the Thin White Duke's most memorable rockers "Rebel Rebel" and "The Jean Genie".
The Old Bell audience, including a birthday party, now realise what a treat they have on their hands as Phil, ace bass man Ilbert and thundering drummer Chris Peters deliver outstanding interpretations of T. Rex's "Hot Love" and Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug". At this, the man next to me tuts, remarking: "They are making a big mistake attempting Roxy Music!" The end of the song, however, sees him clapping enthusiastically, his mind totally changed: that's how good Phil Murray's Diamond Dogz are!
The trio's interpretation of Bowie's "All The Young Dudes" was one of the highlights of the night, beautifully performed by these dynamic Dogz.
Side two started dramatically with a power-packed version of Slade's "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", which had the Old Bell dancers out in force, but the the glammed-up Dogz were soon back to the Bowie material with "Cracked Actor", "Diamond Dogs" (appropriately enough) and the rocker "John, I'm Only Dancing", which morphed into Mud's energetic "Tiger Feet" half way through.
Phil has been in the music business for 40 years. He's worked with two of Mr Bowie's star-studded "Spiders From Mars", and he knows his David Bowie inside out. It was a joy to watch this great performer not just singing the lyrics and playing lead guitar but actually acting his way through Bowie's memorable material, particularly on numbers like "Rock 'n Roll Suicide" and the incredibly infectious "Moonage Daydream".
Phil Murray's Diamond Dogz are one of the best Glam Rock/and Bowie tribute acts in the world. I urge you to search out on Lemonrock one of their many gigs in the UK. You will not be disappointed!
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalist
Thu 5th Mar 2015
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