I had just turned 23 years old and David Bowie was calling on my home phone.
He called “collect.”
It was November 1991 – about six weeks before I began my sports radio career.
Many of you don’t know about my previous “Almost Famous” life where I spent lots of time with rock and roll musicians at The Baltimore Sun. Here’s some evidence. I have more than 125 of these Cameron Crowe-esque gems in my personal vault that I’ll be unveiling in summer of 2016. I’ll list them below the audio so you can send along some requests.
The Thin White Duke and I discussed spirituality, god and Ziggy Stardust. His band, Tin Machine, was doing the heaviest music of his career.
Strangely enough, I call him “nasty” ten minutes into it.
Bowie was happy, playful and this thing was a joy to listen to a quarter of a century later. My interviewing style was far too jumpy and green, so please pardon my inexperience (and red-faced embarrassment) in presenting this #Nestalgia25 moment.
At one point, David Bowie called me a journalist.
He was being very, very kind…
Coming this July:
Steve Whiteman (Kix)
Beat Farmers & Billy Squier
Bodeans, T.G. Brown, John Anderson (Yes)
ZZ Top & Aimee Mann
Randy Travis, Social Distortion & Michael Murphey
Kyf Brewer E Fish & Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gregg Allman, Scatterbrain & kevn Kinney (Drivin N Cryin)
Mighty Lemon Drops, Diving For Pearls & Enuff Znuff
Wasserman & Billy Squier (Part 2)
Paul Stanley (Kiss) & Heart (Mark Andes)
Ace Frehley & Heaven’s Edge
Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Tommy Shaw & Kevn Kinney, Karl Wallenberg, The Connells
Violent Femmes (Gordon Gado) & Aldo Nova
XYZ, Engelbert Humperdinck & Mike Mesaros (Smithereens)
Faith No More & Lou Gramm
Cinderella & Replacements, Divinyls, Megadeath
Pat Benatar & John Denver
Mick Jones (Big Audio Dynamite), Extreme & Gerardo, Jani Lane (Warrant)
Pat Dinizio (Smithereens) & Ocean Blue
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) & Brad Delp (Boston, Return To Zero)
David Cassidy & White Trash
Geoff Tate (Queensryche) & Dan Fogelberg
Sonic Youth, Colin James & Phil Johnstone (Robert Plant)
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Enuff Znuff & The Fixx
Edie Brickell & Jonathan Cain (Journey)
Black Crowes & Britney Fox
L.A. Guns & Michael Damien
Richard Barone, Kid Creole & Smithereens
Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), White Lion, Manhattan Transfer & Dave Koz, Fifth Dimension
Steve Vai & Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Paddy Maloney (Chieftains), Kix & Indigo Girls
Jon Butler, Ratt & Judas Priest, Every Mother’s Nightmare
The Rembrandts & Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
Slaughter & Great White, Tragically Hip, Steelheart
Joan Jett & McAuley Schenker Group & Jack Bruce (Cream)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Belinda Carlisle
Jon Bon Jovi
Chris Whitley & Marc Cohn
Modern English, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) & Aerosmith (Joe Perry), Sleez Beaz
Peter Buck (R.E.M.)
Oingo Boingo, Fabulous T-Birds, Earth, Roman & Harry Connick Jr., The Church
George Thorogood, Mick Ronson & Alvin Lee, Debbie Harry (Blondie)
Sandy Saraya, The Hooters & Karla Bonoff
Daniel Lanois & Soundgarden, D.A.D.
Kurt Newmann (Bodeans) & Dennis DeYoung (Styx)
Jason Bonham, Tommy Conwell & Clarence Clemons, The Cult
Psychedelic Furs, Pretty Boy Floyd & Mike Peters (The Alarm)