Final Mike Garson interview [Listen 41:19 mins] – Mike Garson Sticks His Neck Out To Protect Our Country S02 Ep03 (part 4 of 4)
Interview Date: December 2, 2011 @2pm EDT
Special Guest: Mike Garson is an improvisational and multi-genre piano icon and one of the most respected and sought after rock sidemen in the industry. In addition to his side work, he has also had a successful solo career in both the classical and jazz worlds, as well as worked with some of the most impressive people in music. But the thing Garson is most known for is the work he has done with David Bowie. Having worked with Bowie since his North American Ziggy Stardust tour back in 1972, the amazing stories and insights into Bowie's output helps to add a depth into Bowie’s art that few, if any, could touch. Through the years, Garson has helped shape some of Bowie’s most notable songs and albums including; Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, David Live, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Black Tie White Noise, Outside, Buddha of Suburbia, Earthing, Hours, Heathen, and Reality. I met up with Garson when he played live at the Detroit Institute of Arts on December 2nd, 2011, during his “Bowie Variations tour” promoting his new album. In this podcast, Garson and I talk about Bowie being called a chameleon, Mike Garson being a secret weapon, and how he unselfishly risked his life to protect our country.
Well, I’m really sad to see Mike Garson’s concert and interview come to an end; I wish it could go on. As you may have noticed in a previous podcast, I alluded to another guest from Bowie’s entourage - Reeves Gabrels – guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter, producer, previous Bowie collaborator, and all around music improv expert has agreed to come on the show. He is working to finish his new record and is on board to come on when it’s finished, so stay tuned for that! I was also talking to some members of Bowie’s old band and asked them for their list of favorite Bowie records. Both Mike Garson and Gail Ann Dorsey were nice enough to send me there picks; so here they are:
1) Aladdin Sane
3) Diamond Dogs
4) Young Americans
5) Hunky Dory
6) Buddha of Suburbia
8 ) Reality
9) Ziggy Stardust
Gail Ann Dorsey: my Top albums starting at number one would be,
1) Young Americans
2) Station To Station
6) Ziggy Stardust...
Low and The Lodger are also big on my list...
“Top Live Bowie Albums of All Time”
Number 7: Tin Machine – Oy Vey, Baby
Tin Machine – Oy Vey, Baby – I have to say, I had a lot of hope in this album when it first came out; especially after seeing Tin Machine play live earlier that year. Although the lowest ranking of the Bowie live albums, it’s worth