Watch: Bowie, Belew Wail on ‘Pretty Pink Rose’

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David Bowie, Tokyo Dome, May 16, 1990 (screen cap)

In 1990, Adrian Belew was serving as the musical director and guitarist for David Bowie’s Sound+Vision tour. The former King Crimson member released his fifth solo album, Young Lions, to coincide with the exposure he’d be getting since they were playing stadiums. And if you were David’s friend, well… he would apparently go to the mat for you. Two Bowie compositions appear on the gifted guitarist’s Young Lions, including “Pretty Pink Rose.”

Bowie had announced that his Sound+Vision tour would be the last where he would perform his back catalog live. Since many of the dates were at stadiums, perhaps this was a way to fill north of 50,000 seats each night. All told, the Sound+Vision tour played 108 dates in 27 countries in less than seven months. (They typically played seven shows every ten days.)

As he told Music Express magazine: “It’s time to put about 30 or 40 songs to bed and it’s my intention that this will be the last time I’ll ever do those songs completely, because if I want to make a break from what I’ve done up until now, I’ve got to make it concise and not have it as a habit to drop back into.”

So alongside such Bowie treasures as “Changes,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Space Oddity,” “Young Americans” and “Let’s Dance” was a little song he wrote for his pal Adrian Belew. This live performance from May 16, 1990 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan of this largely undiscovered gem is our Classic Video… and it wails.

The Adrian Belew Power Trio recently finished a North American tour. Check when he’ll be out next via his website or here.

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