Wham Bam Bowie Band! Asheville NC band tours in tribute to the iconic music of David Bowie. David Bowie and his vast library of music need no introduction. Yet, even with dozens of charting hits and top-selling albums, many music fans have not delved into the hidden gems in Bowie’s catalog.
Wham Bam Bowie Band! is on a mission to not only faithfully present Bowie’s colossal classic-rock hits, but to also dig deep into the catalog and present the music that continues to influence generations and create new genres.
Lead singer Mark Casson, also of The Cheeksters, became a Bowie fan along with countless other young Brits when David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars appeared on Top Of The Pops, with their legendary, earth shattering performance of “Starman”. “We all knew this was something very different” says Mark, who watched the show live on TV in his native England.
Jump ahead 30 years, and Mark was a songwriter living in Nashville, releasing albums of Brit-invasion & Beatles/Bowie-influenced power pop with his wife Shannon in their critically-acclaimed band The Cheeksters. At some point Mark decided to do a one-off Bowie tribute show at a Nashville club for fun; it was a massive success, with people immediately requesting a repeat performance.
Moving to Asheville sometime later, Mark had kept alive the idea of performing Bowie music again. Now in 2013, he has assembled a band to fulfill that dream. Asheville based Singer/composer Aaron Price was the first to take up the challenge on keyboards. Andre Cholmondeley of Project/Object, the alumni-based Zappa tribute band, eagerly signed up on guitar & synths. On bass is Brett Spivey, who with Cholmondeley has an ambient/world duo called Grounded. Rounding out the band on drums is Zach Alberto, from Asheville art- punk band Ivan The Terribles.
Wham Bam Bowie Band! has decided to pay tribute to David Bowie’s catalog by starting with his earliest era. The band plans to work their way thru the catalog in rough chronological order. The current show features classics from Hunky Dory and Space Oddity, with the highlight of the evening being a complete reading of Bowie’s influential breakthrough “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”
Wham Bam Bowie Band! brings Bowie’s iconic music to life. Unlike many tribute bands, Wham Bam Bowie Band is focused on an artist still very much an active and creative force. Bowie’s highly acclaimed and international #1 record “The Next Day” reminds fans everywhere that he is always one to watch and listen for.
Wham Bam! Bowie Band! draws an eclectic mix of fans from 16 to 60 and beyond, excited about seeing Bowie’s music performed live onstage, where it belongs.