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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