Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mitch Perry Report 1.8.13 - The return of David Bowie

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Instead of rehashing last night's desultory national championship college football game (I'm obviously getting mellower in my old age, as I felt sorrow, and not happiness, that Notre Dame was humiliated last night. Then again, I'm not that big a fan of Alabama, though of course you have to respect their excellence on the football field).

I'd rather write about the reemergence of David Bowie. The British rock star I believed was retired- he's made no new music for a full decade, essentially shutting down his public persona after he suffered a heart attack on stage performing in Germany in 2004.

But news comes on today, his 66th birthday, that he has released a new single (called "Where Are We Now?"), and will have a new album out in March.

Back in the 60's when Bowie and all of rock contemporaries were first bursting onto the scene, frankly nobody imagined they'd still be performing as they approach their 70th birthdays. But if you watched the benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York last month, the median age of the biggest stars was 68 - as the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, The Who and Bruce Springsteen dominated the proceedings.

So welcome back, Bowie. Now let's hope the album is worth the wait.

President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel officially yesterday to become his next Secretary of Defense. The opposition isn't all coming from Republicans disturbed about his philosophy on sanctions - it's also coming from the LGBT community.

Officials from Hillsborough County's transit agency said the hell with it yesterday regarding the proposed merger with their counterparts across the Bay in Pinellas.

And the first official bill from Florida Republicans in trying to deal with electoral reform was introduced yesterday. It calls for expanding early voting from 8 days to......9.

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