A&E Network’s Live By Request isn’t so much a show as an occasional special. As the name implies, artists perform in front of a live audience and fans phone in requests. Since the show debuted with Tony Bennett on Valentines day in 1996 the show has featured a wide variety of artists including k.d. lang, Elton John, B.B. King, James Taylor, Santana, Blondie and many others.
David Bowie’s episode was shot in New York and first aired on June 15, 2002. The show doesn’t have the flash of Bowie’s early work. Recorded the same year as the Heathens album and tour, this is more of an intimate show. It features a relaxed David Bowie as a mature David Bowie, rather than one of his many personas.
It features songs from every Bowie era up to that date including, in order, “Fame”, “Changes”, “China Girl”, “Slow Burn”, “Starman”, “Let’s Dance”, “Slip Away”, “Ziggy Stardust”, “Heroes”, “5:15 The Angels Have Gone”, “Sound and Vision”, “Ashes to Ashes” and “I’m Afraid of Americans”.