Sons of the Silent Age LIVE Daley Plaza David Bowie Day 09/23/2014
Sons of the Silent Age
David Bowie Day
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Downtown Chicago was abuzz Tuesday as art enthusiasts, music lovers, in-the-know loop workers and local media gathered at Daley Plaza for a concert and celebration. Why the hubbub? Tuesday marked the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MCA) David Bowie Is Art Exhibit, a retrospective of Bowie’s career. Chicago is the only US stop on the international tour that blesses our humbled Midwestern city September 23 to January 4, 2015.
As a part of the kickoff, Sons of the Silent Age, Chicago’s own David Bowie tribute band, was invited to perform. Following an enthusiastic introduction from an Aladdin Sane-painted XRT DJ, Lin Brehmer, all nine members of band took the stage. Yes, it takes nine performers playing: two drums, many guitars and accompanying pedals, one saxophone, a keyboard, and female and male vocals to pull off the extensive and varied work of David Bowie. The band delivered ten perfectly executed Bowie tunes.
Sons of the Silent Age who appropriately opened with Bowie tune, Sons of the Silent Age, is an impressive Chicago super group. Chris Connelly, formerly of the Revolting Cocks and Ministry is the group’s front man who artfully replicated a solid Bowie-esque vocal tone as well as the iconic aethesthic of Bowie as fashion trendsetter. Steve Gerlach, front man in the outstanding local act Tomorrow the Moon, played lead guitar and nailed the beautifully melodic and complex guitar parts. Matt Walker, whose drumming resume includes Filter, Smashing Pumpkins and Morrissey, ensured an impressively tight performance. Also rounding out the super group, accomplished Chicago artists: Robert Byrne, Rich Parenti, Claire Massey, Carolyn Engelmann, Alan Berliant, and Marcus Johnson.
The overjoyed, high-energy crowd sang along to a ten-song set of Bowie favorites including: Fame, Changes, Young Americans and Under Pressure. The band closed with my personal favorite, Heroes. It was an exciting day for the city, the Museum, the band and David Bowie fans. And, really, who isn’t a Bowie fan?