Ongoing History Daily: Biting Bowie

Weird things happen when you’re on tour. On some stops on the 1987 Glass Spiders tour, David Bowie had some female dancers planted in the audience and at one point in the show, he would “invite” one of them up on stage and dance with them. It was a showbiz thing.

But things went very wrong in Anaheim, California.

A woman was invited up onstage—but she wasn’t one of the plants. She was, in fact, some crazy woman on drugs. She danced for a while but then leaped at Bowie and bit him on the neck, tearing open a four-inch gash.

The show went on but the wound later became infected, and Bowie had to get shots.

Thursday’s post was on the Stone Roses’ hideous record contract. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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