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David Bowie Performs “Life on Mars?” and “Ashes to Ashes” on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Present” (1980)


On September 5, 1980, David Bowie carried out for a delighted studio viewers on The Tonight Present Starring Johnny Carson. First got here “Life on Mars?”, after which his newly-released track, “Ashes to Ashes.” As his web site ( describes it, the musician cobbled collectively a one-off band for the efficiency, ran via a number of rehearsals, after which taped the present at NBC Studios in LA. All of this got here days earlier than the discharge of his 14th studio album Scary Monsters (and Tremendous Creeps), and Bowie’s triumphant debut in The Elephant Man on Broadway. Get pleasure from!

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