Nine Inch Nails opened the show to a jam-packed Madison Square Garden, and they tore the joint up. That building was rocking from side to side! But, as the transition was made from NIN's band to Bowie's band---a few members off and a few on---so was the transition of the crowd, from their seats to the exits. Bowie played to a 3/4 full MSG, if that. This is something I still can't wrap my head around. But the truth is, Bowie just wasn't as popular as NIN in 1995.
This live set is fantastic. The performance cooks and the audio quality is near perfect. The second title in the series is to be announced any day now.
I know I've complained in the past about the relentless reissuing and repackaging of an artist's material. I can't say I'm too thrilled with the "colorizing" of "The Man Who Sold The World." But David Bowie has always made the most of his live performances, offering varying setlists, as well as unique arrangements of both favorites and deep cuts. Let's hope those behind this project choose the right shows for inclusion. "Ouvrez Le Chien, Live Dallas 95" is a great way to begin.