David Bowie Performs an Ethereal Version of “Heroes,” with a Bottle Cap Strapped to His Shoe, Keeping the Beat

Months ago, I stumbled upon this pretty wonderful video of David Bowie playing an “acoustic” version of “Heroes,” one of my favorite songs, and I thought I’d quickly share it today. Why wait?

Appearing at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert in October 1996, Bowie gives us a stripped-down version of the moving song he co-wrote with Brian Eno in 1977. Flanked by Reeves Gabrels on guitar and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass, Bowie strums his acoustic guitar. All the while, he taps his foot, letting a bottle cap, taped to shoe, assist in creating a percussive beat. It’s all kept elegantly simple. Hope you enjoy.

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  • George Regis says:

    That’s a beautiful performance.

    RIP David Bowie.

  • Barbara Richards says:

    One of the most touching, beautiful videos I have ever seen. The song, ‘Heroes’, and David Bowie’s masterful presence, plus his accompanists, juxtaposed to these blessed children of the Bridge School as seen here, creates a poetic and ironic unity, harmony, that God loves.

  • Jan Jankura says:

    They have blocked this amazing performance

  • Al Sontrop says:

    I’m also surprised and disappointed this amazing tribute to those courageous parents and their children can’t be shared somehow…Barbara Richards (Jan.18th, 2016) discribed it perfectly…What’s it take to get this back on Canadian computers….?!

  • trevor bell says:

    What does it take to get it back on Aussie computers? There is no depth to the level of stupidity sometimes. This is a video that needs to be shared not denied, Barbara is right, a touching video.
    Mr Jones would be turning in his grave…………

  • frankie says:

    why? denied!!!!!!!!

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